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Last week we reported on a Samsung Prototype phone that revealed a bulky corner notch.
We had some strong reactions, but didn't take it too seriously. After all, it was just a 5G prototype being shown off at Qualcomm's Tech Summit in Hawaii. It wasn't even supposed to be turned on.
But a new Samsung Galaxy S10 leak has emerged to strike fear into the hearts of all notch-haters. A cursed image of a device with a distinct feature in the corner...
Samsung phones have always been blessedly devoid of a notch. Until now.
The company has just unveiled its 5G prototype at Qualcomm's Tech Summit in Hawaii. Not only is it sporting a notch - it lives in the right corner of the screen.
The photo seems to have originated from a Vietnamese Facebook post, but has also beeen published by Slashleaks on Twitter.
It shows a device that's labelled as 'Beyond 2' - the code name for the Samsung Galaxy S10. Of course, that doesn't mean that it's real.
— /LEAKS (@Slashleaks) December 9, 2018
Some may look at this image and see it as a confirmation of the 'Infinity O' Design that was unveiled at the Samsung Developer Conference in November. If you haven't heard of it, it' a circular cutout in the display. You might call it an alternative to the notch.
But while the picture kind of looks like there's a hole there, it is far more reminiscent of a corner-notch design.
To be fair, the corner of the prototype device and the recently leaked image don't look identical - but they're pretty close. Last week I pointed out the vast amount of blank space on the corner notch prototype. It looked like it was intended for a sensor... or a second front-facing camera.
This is exactly what the leaked image seems to be showing us. It's been rumoured that the S10 could have six cameras, and this image would back that theory up.
Why the need for two front facing cameras? We don't know for sure yet, but it's believed that one could be a standard lens and the other wide-angled.
The above design is also similar to a recent Weibo post that revealed a screen protector with a two camera setup. While it's not explicitly said that it's for the Galaxy S10, the internet seems to think that it is.
And while there are also whispers of the S10 having its front facing cameras embedded in the display, it seems unlikely. Why would Samsung unveil 4 different notch designs if it was going to take things to the next level with an in-screen camera?
They could be reserved for Samsung's 2019 mid-range camera offerings, but I remain skeptical. It just seems like too much of a technological leap at this point.
The truth is that with so many rumours and alleged leaks swirling around, nothing is really certain about what the Samsung Galaxy S10 has in store for us - especially when it comes to the design.
As for the specs, we've heard that it's going to sport an Exynos 9820 CPU and a 1,400 x 2,960 6.4-inch display. But as always, we're not considering anything definite until the official announcement of the Galaxy S10 at Mobile World Congress next year.