Is a Punch Hole Camera Better than a Notch? (Premium)

When Samsung discussed its ideas for multiple notch-laden future smartphone designs last year, I thought it was nuts. But here on the eve of the Galaxy S10 launch, we’ve now seen multiple leaked photos of the upcoming family of handsets. And I gotta say, Samsung---and other Android device makers that are adopting this design---may actually be on to something as they move towards a completely notchless future.

The issue, I assume, is familiar: Phones with zero bezels look more modern than those with large “forehead” and “chin” bezels, and this design allows the phone maker to stretch the display to virtually the entire front of the device. But they still need a place to put a speaker, earphone, front camera, and various sensors, including those for facial recognition.

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