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One of the spicier talking points of Apple’s Macbook Pro launch is that it has a notch.
- I mean, it’s probably also the easiest thing to talk about since notches, bezels, punch holes, and so on, divide people. It’s also very easy to take a stance without even seeing one!
- But, just in case you thought notches were Apple-only, now Samsung’s joining in, too.
Quick notch lore:
- For some, a notch in a display means more screen overall, and is better than having a huge blank section.
- But others, the notch feels unnecessary and in the way. Apple itself says that it is actually very smart to do this, ignoring the problems that it will cause, and the feel that it’s more about branding the iPhone and MacBook Pro similarly, despite it all being a bit ugly.
- Here’s our own Palash Volvoikar talking it through.
Now to Samsung:
- Samsung is working on its next tablet line in the S8 series, and renders have exposed some details which include a notch.
- The Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, which seems to be a truly very large 14.6-inch display in a roughly 325.8 x 207.9 x 5.4mm body, has a notch.
- Again, like the dilemma Apple faces with slimming bezels but needing to offer a front-facing camera and tech, very slim bezels in the Tab S8 Ultra seems to mean a notch was needed for housing all the tech.
- One new problem here is that tablets are really meant for both portrait and landscape use as you move it around, so a notch moving around as well seems annoying. People do rotate phones with notches at times too, I guess, but mostly for watching videos or gaming, whereas tablets are more multi-purpose?
- Anyway, I personally don’t feel too terribly strongly about it all. Like a punch hole, your eyes/focus just largely ignore what’s not active, even if it takes a little adjusting. That said, my friend runs a Zenfone 6 Pro with its flippy camera, so seeing his complete full-screen with no interruptions is always fun.
- Tech types love a roaring debate…
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Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor