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.
Samsung Galaxy S10 leaks and rumors have suggested that the company’s 2019 flagship smartphone would feature a punch-hold display cut out for its single or dual-sensor front-facing camera, but a leaked image of a Galaxy S10 prototype seems to buck those rumors by flaunting a corner notch. If you think this setup is a bit odd, we’d have to agree. The corner notch in the image makes the Samsung Galaxy S10 look more like the awkward HTC U Ultra than a flagship device slated for 2019.
While we certainly wouldn’t put it past Samsung to experiment with a design like this, there’s absolutely no way that the device shown in the image will represent the final design of the Samsung Galaxy S10. As you can tell, the device in question is clearly a prototype which is being tested. It likely features all the components that will be in the Galaxy S10 at launch, but the body of the phone is simply a body shell with a generic glass panel over the display. The display will certainly feature the punch-hold cutouts we’ve been hearing so much about lately — don’t you worry. There are no leaks which show the actual display, but we do have an image of what the glass screen protectors for the phone will look like.
Source: SlashLeaks via SamMobile
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
A few weeks ago we learned that the Samsung Galaxy S10 will be one of the first devices to market featuring the company’s new Infinity-O display which features a “punch-hole” cutout for the front-facing camera. Since then, Samsung Galaxy A8s leaks have surfaced which suggest that it would introduce the new Infinity-O display to the world before the end of the year. The new display technology would allow the despised display notch’s real estate to be reduced significantly and allow it to get lost in the notification bar more easily.
Unfortunately for Samsung, it looks like Huawei is planning to beat them to the punch. According to an image shared by @UniverseIcem Huawei is planning to unveil a device in December which will also feature a punch-hole cutout in the display for the front-facing camera. As shown in the image below, the front-facing camera hole would be located in the top left corner of the display. While Samsung’s Infinity-O display technology has gotten a lot of attention these past few weeks, we were first introduced to the technology concept this past summer when a Huawei patent surfaced which showed a punch-out hole for the front-facing camera in phone’s display.
We do not know the name of the Huawei device which will feature the punch-hole camera cutout, but with its launch scheduled for December, we should know more soon. Based on what we know so far, do you think a punch-hole display is a better option than the notched displays we’ve seen this year?
Huawei will release the world’s first hole-screen mobile phone before the Samsung Galaxy A8s, which will be released in December, but the A8s may also be released in December, so who will start, it will wait and see.Huawei’s offensive against Samsung has never weakened. pic.twitter.com/MqefEgK7j0
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) November 26, 2018