As an HTC user, one thing I’ve never had to worry about are notches. But now with the “hole punch” being the next screen/camera craze seemingly about to storm the smartphone market, I’m slowly coming to terms with the fact that my next smartphone might include an ugly black spot on the screen.
But why are we being forced to sacrifice screen real estate for notches or the aptly-named hole-punch camera cutout? Is this simply a design trend that will fade away as quickly as it showed up or are the notch and punch-hole here to stay?
I mean there are even seriously viable alternatives emerging such as the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 with their sliding phone throwback and the pop-up cameras of the Oppo Find X to name but two both adding functionality while maintaining full-screen real estate. Personally pop-up and sliding cameras aren’t for me, I’m not sure I like the added possibility of mechanical failure. But at least they are trying, right?
Notches flew on to our screens in August of 2017 with the introduction of Sharp’s Aquos S2 overshadowed swiftly by the Essential PH1, then followed by countless other manufacturers. Fast forward just over a year and we see the internet recoiling in horror when the sheer size of the Pixel 3’s notch was revealed. I can’t help wonder if this has sparked some kind of retreat? Boardroom meeting across the globe discussing how they’d break up our full-screen experience over the next 18 months of smartphone releases. “I know let’s just punch a hole out the screen” – Le sigh. Let’s not even mention LG’s patent for an oval cutout.
This still leaves me asking the question though: why? Notches are ugly. Dead space is ugly. Are my dreams of true edge-to-edge screens really that crazy? Any way you cut it, the notch and the punch-hole aren’t really a step forward in my book.
It can certainly be argued that the hole is aesthetically not that bad — but as consumers, we’re constantly being asked to compromise screen space for dead space. I’d rather have a modest bezel that houses the cameras, speakers and fingerprint sensors (That’s right I think rear fingerprint sensors are useless too) rather than see my handsets getting more and more erm edge to edge “glassy”?
Yesterday’s unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy A8s and Honor View 20 were just the beginning. Lenovo’s Z5S has already received certification by the TENAA in China and then there’s the upcoming Huawei Nova 4 is expected to be the first Huawei-branded phone to feature the hole-punch camera and is likely to be introduced on 17th December 2018.
Needless to say, I like display notches and holes as much as I’d like to see a cluster of dead pixels.
I’m merely opening up a conversation here, manufacturers are producing the units, consumers are buying them. However, I see opinions to the contrary all across social media. Do people really like notches and cutouts are much as we a led to believe? All i know is the punch-hole is just as bad as the notch and I’m almost dreading what might be coming next unless of course, it’s a return to nice sturdy bezels and aluminum bodies.
Not to be out-done by the launch of the Samsung Galaxy A8s, Huawei has unveiled the Honor View 20 which also sports a punch-hole display cutout for the phone’s front-facing camera. Like Samsung’s phone, the View 20 has a punch-hole in the top left corner of the display. The only real difference between the two is the size of the hole – 4.5mm on the Honor View 20 compared to 6mm on the Samsung Galaxy A8s.
The Honor View 20 features high-end specs like a 48MP camera powered by a Sony IMX586 CMOS which will use Pixel-binning in low light situations to merge four of its 0.8um pixels to simulate a single 1.6um pixel which would allow the sensor to capture more light. The phone will also be powered by Huawei’s Kirin 980 chipset, making it just as powerful as the Mate 20 Pro. It will also have a new “Link Turbo” mode which allows the device to connect to WiFi and 4G networks simultaneously. Link Turbo promises to deliver significantly faster download speeds while also allowing the device to automatically switch between WiFi and 4G based on network speeds and latency.
Unlike the Samsung Galaxy A8s, the Honor View 20 wasn’t fully unveiled today. Many of its specifications were not revealed as Honor will be saving those for an official December 26th debut in Beijing and January 22nd in Paris.
Source: Engadget, Honor
Samsung has officially unveiled the first smartphone with a punch-hole cutout in its display – the Samsung Galaxy A8s. The company has been teasing the mid-range smartphone for some time, but recent leaks suggested it would be the first device in Samsung’s lineup to feature its new Infinity-O display technology with a punch-hole cut out for the front-facing camera in the top left corner.
Samsung Galaxy A8s introduces us to the Infinity-O display
While we were expecting to see the hole on the front, we were not expecting it to be so big. The leaked renders suggested it would be much smaller, but as you can clearly see, the punch-hole’s size has forced Samsung to tweak the size of the notification panel at the top, adding padding below and above it.
The placement of the punch-hole takes up display real estate that would typically be reserved for 2-3 notification icons, shifting the remaining notifications over to the left, closer to the status icons.
As for the phone’s specifications, the Samsung Galaxy A8s is quite a capable mid-range device. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC, with the option for 6GB or 8GB or RAM, 128GB of storage, 3300mAh battery, a triple camera setup on the back with 24MP, 5MP and 10MP sensors and a front-facing 24MP selfie camera – the reason for the punch-hole in the 6.14-inch Full HD+ display.
The Samsung Galaxy A8s will be running Android 8.1 at launch, but will eventually be updated to Android 9 with Samsung’s new One UI. For now, Samsung has only announced the Galaxy A8s for the China, but more markets will likely be added in the next few weeks. The official price of the Samsung Galaxy A8s has not yet been revealed, but the device will be available in black, blue, green, and silver once it shows up on store shelves.
Source: IT Home
The smartphone notch isn’t going to last much longer. As quickly as the notch came into fruition, it looks like OEMs are quickly racing to replace the notch with the punch-hole camera cutout. Samsung and Huawei are poised to release the first devices with a punch-hole display, but they’re not the only ones working with the new display technology. A newly-leaked video of the Lenovo Z5S has surfaced which shows off its punch-hole cutout for the front-facing camera.
The punch hole on the Lenovo Z5S’ display is perfectly centered, dividing the status icons on the right from the notifications on the left. While this setup mimics the minimalist notches we’ve seen on the OnePlus 6T and the Essential PH1 (the first device to show off a display notch), Huawei and Samsung will likely be placing their punch-hole for the front camera in the top left corner of the display.
As for the Lenovo Z5S, the device is expected to be a mid-range Android smartphone with a few high-end specs. The Lenovo Z5S powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 with 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 6.3-inch 1080 x 2340 Pixel display, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, triple-sensor camera on the back, single 8MP sensor up front and a 3210 mAh battery. The phone has already been certified by TENAA which means we could see an official announcement about the phone between now and CES 2019 which takes place on the second week of January.
On the surface, the punch-hole cutout for the front-facing camera isn’t much different than a display notch. Based on what we’ve seen so far, would you rather own a smartphone with a notch or a punch-hole cutout for the front-facing camera?
Source: Weibo via Pocketnow