With facing dilemma smartphone manufacturers now see to it that consumers want a display that covers as much of the front of the device and has bezels that are as thin as possible. This has resulted in the much-dreaded display-“notch” as it was first popularized by the iPhone X and since then has appeared on most other high-end phones as well. First it was the notch, now the hole-punch has emerged as the latest tech for concealing selfie cameras whilst keeping our smartphones as free of bezel as possible to maximize the screen space. Pioneered by Apple but popularized by everyone, this week, Samsung and Huawei both unveiled new phones that dispense with the iconic “notch” in favor of positioning the front-facing camera in a small “Infinity-O” hole located on the top-left side of the screen.
With their new A8s and Honor View20 models, respectively, both new smartphones of Samsung and Huawei feature a so-called ‘hole-punch’ front camera which is designed to be less obtrusive than a ‘notch.’
Samsung has announced a phone of its own that’ll make use of its new Infinity-O display. The Samsung A8s features a distinctive “hole-punch” design for the phone’s selfie camera located at the top left of the display. It’s also the first A-series phone without a headphone jack. However, Huawei’s Nova 4, the phone ditches the display notch for a circular “hole punch” cutout, will be released on December 17th. Both new devices are placed in the mid-range bracket of the market which makes them more suitable for the new design. The camera is hidden behind the display which comes with a small circular hole for the lens to peek through.