(On the Essential EP-1 design)
This patent was submitted in July 2017 prior to the release of the Apple iPhone X, which mainly described a screen design that runs out of grooves for front-facing cameras and sensors. From a multi perspective, the solution proposed by Samsung, may appear more elegant.
(On the design of Apple's iPhone X)
iPhone X groove is large, because Apple has plugged into the machine TrueDepth camera (Face ID), speakers and other features. In contrast, the Samsung patent, even thought of the sensor into the top border position (camera, speakers, etc.).
(Submitted for the Samsung design)
From this patent document, in order to further improve the screen share, Samsung is really enough fight. It should be pointed out that this does not mean that the company really will be on the upcoming device, using any of the design mentioned in the article.