Samsung may finally embrace the notch with the Samsung Galaxy S10, according to a new leak.
While this isn’t the first time we’ve seen this particular rumour, it’s the figures behind the latest claims that have made us stand to attention.
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Reliable tipsters Evan Blass and @UniverseIce have claimed that the handset could be equipped with an ‘Infinity-O display’.
Samsung briefly showed off the Infinity-O display at its SDC event last week, and it appears to feature a notch that’s unlike any other notch we’ve seen before.
If the leaks prove true, the S10 will feature a near edge-to-edge display with a small, circular hole positioned near the top of it, floating like a tiny, blank island.
Considering some of the notch-related burns Samsung has dished out in the recent past (we’re looking at you, Notch Haircut Man), it would be pretty astonishing to see the company make a U-turn and actually embrace the trend. That said, OnePlus did precisely that with the OnePlus 6.
That said, at a roundtable Trusted Reviews attended at Samsung’s Seoul offices in October, Byung Duk Yang, the head of Samsung Mobile’s display research and development group, hinted that the company wasn’t as anti-notch as many people believe it is.
“We try to be as innovative as we can, and we feel that it’s not a matter of whether it’s notch or not, but it’s more about providing an immersive screen,” he said at the time. “We would like to have the best performance, and I think innovation is about creating the best-performing immersive screen.”
Another tipster, Ben Geskin, last week tweeted a mockup of what a phone with an Infinity-O screen might look like:
According to Blass, the S10’s front-facing camera could sit inside this display hole.
Previous reports have alleged that Samsung is planning to release at least three S10 variants: a standard model, a cheaper model and a 5G model.
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The latest release date rumour is that Samsung plans to unveil the S10 in February 2019, almost certainly at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
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