Cuttings are popular this season, but do not hang your ears

Leaks, including those caused by Apple, revealed the main external detail of the iPhone 8.

For many weeks, if not months, before the official release of the iPhone 8, the future flagship of Apple knows almost everything. The network sneers at the fact that the company, famous for its secrecy, made a gross mistake by publishing the firmware of the HomePod column in public access (in terms of software it is almost identical to the firmware of the iPhone 8), from which one can draw a conclusion about the key features of the smartphone that has not yet come out.

The most noticeable change is the screen of the iPhone 8. Although the displays of the other two versions of the smartphone (conditional iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus) retain their usual proportions, the iPhone 8 will have an unusual shape screen – with rounded corners and a cutout on top with “ears” on the sides.

Utopian trend on frameless smartphones

If before the company tried to make smartphones as thin as possible, then the trend of 2017 in the smartphone market – the so-called “frameless” front front panels. This is a new marketing ploy that works more efficiently than others: it is noticeable at once. The idea is that as much of the front panel as possible fill the screen: engineers do so that both increase the usable space of the display, and at the same time reduce the overall size of the smartphone.

But this useful action has its own compromises. For example, in Samsung Galaxy S8 for the sake of the concept of “frameless” changed the screen proportions: 18.5: 9 instead of the usual 16: 9. Although in general the useful area of ​​the screen has become larger, this does not always work: at this resolution when watching YouTube videos are either cut off from above and below, or have black bars on the sides.

Samsung Galaxy S8

A similar solution was for the LG G6: there, too, extended the screen (up to 18: 9) due to the fact that it built in the “Home” button. From the side frames in it almost got rid of, and the front cameras were kept where they were – on top of the front panel. But, like the Galaxy S8, the frames on the top and bottom of the G6 screen still remained – and very noticeable.

LG G6. Photo Tech Adviser

But the manufacturers of the smartphone Essential reacted to the trend for “framelessness” with even greater zeal. At the top of the screen, engineers made a small cutout under the front camera to make the smartphone even more compact. Essential founder Andy Rubin admitted that the cut looks “amusing” – but not everyone shares optimism, and many consider such a cut to be ugly and too alien.

Smartphones Essential Phone. Company photos
In fact, the cut-out in Essential does not really get in the way: it’s where the notification icons appear on Android, so the camera only takes the place of one or two of them, but leaves room for the rest of the panel. It really increases the compactness, however, the screen at the smartphone will stretch even more – to a proportion of 19: 9.

The new Sharp Aquos S2 (released so far only for the Chinese market) has exactly the same cutout for the front camera. But here the situation is absolutely strange: the upper corners of its display are beveled, as if they were cut with scissors.

Sharp Aquos S2 in comparison with the iPhone 7 Plus. Company photos

A cutout is a trade-off between functionality and trend for framelessness. While no one has succeeded in making a solid screen from edge to edge.

Why is there really no frameless display? Imperfection of technology and production. From the technological point of view, the fingerprint sensor can be mounted in the screen, but it is not easy to produce such a screen in huge quantities. But front cameras and other sensors under the screen can not be hidden yet.

Aspiring to a frameless ideal, manufacturers go on a compromise: formally, the screen from Essential and Sharp – from edge to edge, albeit with a cut-out. In the same trap falls and Apple.

IPhone 8: deep cutout with rounded edges

Studying the latest firmware HomePod, probably inadvertently downloaded to public service Apple, the Irish developer Stephen Troton-Smith discovered in her the screen parameters of the future iPhone 8 (in the code it is referred to as the model D22). It turned out that there is also a conditional image of Apple’s future flagship with a clearly delineated neckline.

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