The Essential phone has finally started landing in consumers’ hands and while it’s not as explosive as expected, it has given people pause for thought about its screen cutout. Next week, we will finally behold Apple’s version of that cutout, which is a lot wider than the Essential’s simple notch. These two, however, may not have been the only ones with that idea. A recently published patent shows that Samsung was already toying with that same cutout last yea. With how things are going in this space, it may even make it to next year’s flagship.