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Samsung is apparently exploring new design ideas for its upcoming flagship devices, reveals a new patent. The patent, which was filed by the company, gives us an idea of how a future model could look like. Well, the South Korean tech giant plans borrow some design elements from the iPhone, including the trending display notch at the front.
The patent shows a phone with a larger screen-to-body ratio than the Galaxy S9. It seems like Samsung is aiming for a completely bezel-less phone with an iPhone X-like notch. What's interesting is that the fingerprint scanner is nowhere to be seen. This could mean two things; either the company intends to ditch the feature entirely or integrate it into the display.
Previous reports have suggested that Samsung is working on a smartphone with an in-display fingerprint scanner. However, the company obviously needs more time before the technology is ready to use.
Moving on, the rear panel of the phone looks identical to that of the iPhone 6. The camera sensors are placed at the upper left corner, and the antenna lines are running at the top and the bottom. The dual camera setup is horizontally stacked much like the iPhone 7 Plus of 2016.
The patent also shows another phone with a full-screen design, but without a display notch. Instead of dual cameras, this phone has a single camera on its back. Interestingly, the fingerprint scanner is again missing.
Needless to say, the filing of a patent doesn't necessarily mean Samsung will go ahead with the project. However, it gives us an idea of the kind of designs the company is experimenting with or intends to do in future.
If we were to give an opinion, we don't really want another smartphone with the notch. There are already too many Android phones out there that look like the iPhone X. And we can't think of a good reason why would Samsung copy Apple's iPhones so blatantly. Instead of borrowing designs from others, the company should show some innovations.
A few reports claim that Samsung will use these design on the upcoming Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy S10. However, chances of happening so are unlikely.