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Snarky iPhone 13 notch-related tweet from September comes back to haunt Samsung following recent Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra leak

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra's notch is at least more subtle than the iPhone 13's notch. (Image source: Apple/@OnLeaks - edited)
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra's notch is at least more subtle than the iPhone 13's notch. (Image source: Apple/@OnLeaks - edited)
A troll tweet made by Samsung Mobile US back in September has returned to haunt the company following the recent leak of Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra tablet renders. The Korean OEM was taking a dig at the design of the iPhone 13 series and especially the ever-present notch. However, it appears Samsung is planning on notching the upcoming Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra.

Tech companies taking potshots at each other on social media has become increasingly commonplace and often leads to the originator of the post being torn apart for its own flaws, with Intel being particularly guilty for this. It appears it will be Samsung eating some humble pie soon, thanks to a derisory post made on September 14 that was clearly aimed at the Apple iPhone 13 smartphone launch. The relevant tweet on the @SamsungMobileUS account reads:

At the time, the post just seemed to be typical teasing from one massive tech giant to another. Android smartphones have witnessed the evolution of ever-decreasing notches to the point that the latest premium devices have under-display cameras (UDC) to banish this unruly blemish, with Samsung promoting the Galaxy Z Fold 3's UDC in the snarky tweet.

But Apple has stuck to its guns with the iPhone - and now the MacBook Pro too - by continuing with its notch usage. At the time, Samsung’s snide "Imagine still having a notch in 2021" comment was already ridiculed by many, and things just got worse thanks to the appearance of leaked renders of the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra.

It can be clearly seen that the upcoming Samsung tablet has been fitted with a notch for the front-facing camera. Of course, this will lead to the device having slimmer bezels, which is what OEMs have decided all consumers desire, but these thinner edges mean the selfie camera has nowhere to hide…except in a notch or UDC solution.

There are a couple of ways out of this particular pickle for Samsung: As one of Notebookcheck’s own writers pointed out, the company could just claim it meant “on a smartphone” only, thus leaving other device forms open to receiving a notch. Additionally, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is likely to be launched next year, so having a notch in 2022 is apparently better than having one in 2021.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra. (Image source: 91Mobiles & @OnLeaks)
Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra. (Image source: 91Mobiles & @OnLeaks)
Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

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@SamsungMobileUS via @LeakerApple

Samsung Tab S8 Ultra renders: @OnLeaks & 91Mobiles

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Daniel R Deakin
Daniel R Deakin - Managing Editor News - 2698 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2012
My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.
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Daniel R Deakin, 2021-10-24 (Update: 2021-10-24)