It’s very clear upcoming 2019 smartphones are all going to chase the coveted 100% screen to body ratio. But in order to get there, they have to deal with things such as the placement for the front sensors. The most popular solution out there is using a display notch in order to have the display reach the top corners while keeping the cameras. Other solutions have been tried, too, including a back secondary display (Nubia X) and a slider camera (Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, Honor Magic 2, Oppo Find X), but it’s unlikely those will gain any steam. One solution that’s apparently going to catch up to replace notches, however, are hole cutouts.
Hole cutouts for cameras seem like the natural evolution of display notches, and they may still get in the way of content. But they’re much less of an eyesore than a notch, as simply a small hole inside the display is cut out to house the camera instead of an entire portion. And a recent patent from LG reveals that they’re considering this solution in the future.
LG's screen Hole patent, dual camera in a Hole. pic.twitter.com/g6SzMBxIF4
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The LG patent describes both flat and curved displays with a pill-shaped hole in the top, which is meant to house a front-facing dual camera setup. Said hole can be placed on the center, on the left corner, or the right corner. If pulled off properly, this could prove to be a much less invasive solution to the current display notch used in the LG G7 ThinQ and the LG V40 ThinQ.
Unfortunately, a patent rarely means that something will make its way to consumers soon, so while there is a possibility that the LG G8 ThinQ and the LG V50 ThinQ will come with display holes, it’s not a given. Given the rumors regarding the Galaxy S10, however, it’s possible that LG will try and go this route. We’re still some months away from the announcement of the next LG flagship, so we should get to know it very soon.