Samsung patents a smartphone with a notch and in-display fingerprint scanner

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"[The] iPhone X surpassed our expectations and has been our top-selling iPhone every week since it shipped in November", Cook said.

New research covering the last calendar quarter of 2017 suggests that not only did Apple once again command the lion's share of the smartphone market's profit, but the iPhone X was responsible for collecting more than one-third of it.

With Chinese patent organization SIPO, Samsung has recently filed a patent application (PDF) that indicated a few different phone designs, each device has a notch above the screen.

To sum it up, an early production plan from Samsung could only mean good news for the customers as it literally translates to earlier dates and more devices available on the markets for the customers to buy.

Lastly, there looks to be a headphone jack on the bottom of the phone next tot he USB port, and the button placements on the sides are similar to the Galaxy S8 and S9 phones. Meanwhile, the top edge features the SIM tray.

The only thing that appears to be missing from the device is a physical fingerprint scanner.

Samsung is experimenting time to time with it's smartphones, sometimes with the design of phone and some times with the interface.

The notch design has been a contentious topic among smartphone users. Notches became a lot more popular thanks to the Apple iPhone X. In fact, more Android manufacturers are putting notches on their recent releases due to Apple's 10th anniversary handset.

Hardcore Android fans hate the notch.

While the aforementioned patent offers nothing new per se when it comes to display, there is another document that has been spotted online, which reveals a second patent filed by Samsung.

These reports haven't been confirmed, but it would make sense that Apple would move the iPhone X-designed phones into the main iPhone as it keeps the company on the front line in a world of phones that are all moving towards edge-to-edge displays.