Earlier this week, our 9to5Google friends reported on the first real picture of the Samsung Galaxy S10. The picture shows the Galaxy S10 with a near-edge-to-edge display, but instead of a notch cut-out as the iPhone, Samsung uses a punch in the upper right-hand corner …
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Galaxy S10 marks Samsung's first design on "edge-to-edge" display design. The Galaxy S9 featured Samsung's "Infinity Display" technology, but there were still large brackets along the top and bottom of the unit.
Compared to the notches in the iPhone X-series devices, the hole on the Galaxy S10 apparently showed up taking less screen real estate. However, the question is which is a more functional design. It is a little difficult to say without having seen the Galaxy S10 in person, but I'm still looking to prefer Apple's design approach with notches. This is for several reasons.
Firstly, there are many advantages to the front-facing camera being relatively centered on the device. With the Galaxy S10 cutout, the camera is turned off to the side, which is not only eye-catching, but can also have functional implications. The iPhone X camera is not perfectly centered, but it is still far closer to the Galaxy S10's.
Furthermore, the notches blend into the upper bezel of the iPhone X, meaning that there is a curved look that houses the front camera, Face ID technology and speaker. On the Galaxy S10, there is a small frame along the top where the speaker is framed, as well as the circular cut-out of the camera on the top right. In my opinion, this actually makes a more distracting design than the notch.
When it comes to software design, I tend to think that creating interfaces that adapt to a notch rather than the circular cut is much easier. Notches are generally simply adaptable to design, but the circular cutout leaves wasted space along the top and edges of the display.
In reality, I don't think there is any chance Apple will move away from the notch until it is able to achieve a complete edge-to-edge design. The iOS and the expansive App Store have already been adapted for the notch, and the hole cutout gives no benefit, at least in my eyes.
Furthermore, neither the notch nor the hole post access is a perfect design. Ideally, we are moving towards completely slim smartphones, with these designs as stepping stones.
If you are wondering what an iPhone with a similar punch would look like, here's a reference for reference:
iPhone with hole-punch display pic.twitter.com/rDbpFylqUU
– Ben Geskin (@ VenyaGeskin1) December 21, 2018
What do you think? Do you prefer Samsung's hole punch cutout on Galaxy S10 or iPhone X series? Please let us know in the vote below and elaborate on the comments!
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