Samsung Steals Apple’s ‘Perforated Holes’ Idea to Eliminate the Notch

By now, most of us who’ve seen the iPhone X can say with confidence whether we love or hate the notch. Regardless of your personal preference, it should be known to all that the notch is here to stay for the next few generations of iPhone..

While there’s plenty of evidence suggesting the notch will ultimately be slimmed down (or eliminated entirely), Apple’s fiercest rival in the phone space recently come out swinging with its own concept of a thinner, discreet, and inherently “more advanced” solution of its own.

Samsung’s Perforated Hole Patent

Published by the World Intellectual Property Organization last week, Samsungs patent No. WO 2018/012719 A1 describes and illustrates a truly “edge-to-edge” OLED display design, featuring small perforated “holes” within the glass, which would house components like the front-facing camera, earpiece, speakers, and more.

As noted by the Dutch-language tech blog, LetsGoDigital an all-screen design like this would allow Samsung to conceal its front-facing components under the glass — effectively side-stepping the need to incorporate a sensor bar like we see on the iPhone X (and to a lesser extent, on the Android-powered Essential Phone).

The patent goes on to detail other key aspects about the concept, such as how digital content like photos and videos stand to benefit from the screen’s substantially decreased “dead area” meaning the unusable screen space currently occupied by the notch.

Too Little, Too Late?

Conceptually, Samsung’s vision of a discreet next-generation ‘notch’ solution is certainly novel and forward-thinking, albeit consistent with the South Korean company’s (generally half-assed attempts) at mimicking Apple’s prized technologies.

More importantly, while Samsung’s design might seem like a promising evolution in the style and functionality of its Galaxy devices, what’s described in the company’s inherent patent is — technologically speaking — just a watered-down version of what Apple is already rumored to be working on.

Apple’s Perforated Hole Patent

In January of last year, it was revealed by an Apple patent that the company may be working on a similar “perforated hole” design, describing a method by which iPhone would be able to hide these crucial components under its display glass.

Unfortunately, while Samsung’s plans are not clear from the patent, it’s still interesting to see the Galaxy maker come up with a solution which eliminates most traces of the notch.

Apple, however, is already at least 2.5 years ahead of the competition both in terms of technology and design. So while iPhone X might not be your ‘cup of tea’ for the time being, we have plenty of reason to believe the notch as we know it will see a major transformation in the years to come.

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Samsung SM-J720F with 4GB RAM, Android 8.0 surfaces in benchmarks, could be Galaxy J8 (2018)

Samsung SM-J720F, a new smartphone has surfaced in GFXBench and Geekbench benchmarks. This reveals most specifications of the phone including a 5.5-inch HD screen, Octa-Core Exynos 7885 14nm SoC with , Android 8.0 (Oreo) and more. This could be Galaxy J8 (2018), successor of last year’s Galaxy J7 (2017). It is expected to feature a metal unibody design with a fingerprint sensor embedded into the home button, similar to the predecessor. Even though the GFXBench listing reveals that it will come with a 5.5-inch HD screen, there are chances it might come with a 1080p screen since this might be some prototype. Samsung Galaxy J8 (2018) rumored specifications 5.5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD / (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD display Octa-Core (2.2GHz Dual + 1.6GHz Hexa) Exynos 7885 14nm processor with Mali-G71 GPU 4GB RAM, 32GB Internal Storage, expandable up to 256GB via micro SD card Android 8.0 (Oreo) Dual SIM 13MP rear camera with LED flash 8MP front camera with LED flash Fingerprint sensor 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS There are also chances of a dual camera setup in the smartphone which might not have been revealed in benchmarks. We should know more details about the phone in the coming weeks. Source 1, 2 | …
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New Samsung sensor points to 1080p@480fps video recording for Galaxy S9

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Samsung wants you to know it doesn’t throttle old phones like Apple

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A report last week said that an Italian antitrust body is investigating both Apple and Samsung for planned obsolescence. That’s the type of investigation Apple will have to face in various other countries thanks to its policy of slowing down older iPhone models without telling users.

While Apple was caught red handed and had no choice but to admit what it was doing, Samsung has denied the planned obsolescence allegations. The South Korean company has gone on record once again in stating that it doesn’t slow down its old smartphones.

Since confirming that iPhones with chemically aged batteries may be slowed down to prevent unexpected shutdowns, Apple has been hit with numerous class action suits and probes into the matter in the US and around the world. Samsung and other companies went on record soon after the initial discovery to tell the world they do not slow down their smartphones.

According to Nikkei, Samsung on Friday told the press that it doesn’t use software updates to slow down its phones or other devices, as the Italian antitrust authority alleges, and it said it will cooperate with the investigation.

Samsung does not provide the software updates to reduce the product performance over the life cycle of the device. We will fully cooperate with Italian Authority for Market and Competition’s investigation in Italy to clarify the facts.

The antitrust authority in Italy did not provide any details about Samsung’s alleged planned obsolescence scheme. It’s unclear what devices are supposedly slowed down via software updates.

This is the first time Samsung has been accused of altering the performance of its devices to convince buyers to upgrade to a newer model. That’s usually the conspiracy theory reserved for Apple’s iPhone.

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