However, despite Apple’s lack of idea, they have managed to let’s say “inspire” other smartphone companies, mostly Androids of a few Chinese manufacturers i.e Oppo, Vivo and even Huawei. They may even have gone so far as to imitate iPhones completely, even the Android UI overlay resembles the iOS design.And the iPhone X is no exception to this.
The Apple iPhone X, which without a doubt is Apple’s most expensive phone yet, has many features that are a first time for an iPhone, like the OLED screen and facial recognition-based security. The biggest feature that stands out, however, is the notch that is right at the front of the phone.
The iPhone X comprises of a 5.8-inch bezel-less display, apart from a horizontal notch that runs along its uppermost edge. Below it is the earpiece, along with the TrueDepth camera and some sensors that the iPhone X uses for Facial ID-based authentication.
Apple is very proud of this notch, as Apple claims it maybe “some of the most sophisticated technology” to be ever introduced in any given phone. However, the notch doesn’t exactly make the iPhone X easy on the eyes. It does, however, make the phone look very asymmetrical. Although Apple has customized the iOS’ UI to accommodate the ‘ears’ that the display gets due to the notch, that still doesn’t make the notch look any better.
On the contrary, quite a many Android Original Equipment Manufacturers, or OEMs for short, consider the notch as cool and hip, as plenty of Android smartphones as many Android smartphones have been launched with the notched display, and a lot more are on the way.
At the Mobile World Congress in 2018, Asus launched its Zenfone 5 smartphone and it too has the iPhone X like notch along with a vertical dual camera setup on its backside. Adding insult to injury, Asus mocked Apple during Zenfone 5’s launch event, claiming that their phone’s notch was smaller as compared to the ‘Fruit Phone X’.
LG didn’t launch anything at this year’s Mobile World Congress, however, a leaked video was captured at its MWC booth. According to the video, South Korea is all for the notch design as well. The leaked video is of a yet to be announced smartphone that has the notch design as well. Rumor has it that it could be the G7.However, it can not be taken as totally accurate, as according to another rumor LG has scraped the old design and will be working on a fresh new design for the G7.
Huawei is no exception. They have taken up on the notch idea as well. The soon to be released on May 27, P20 flagship is going to feature a notched display as well. The P20 lite, that was launched just a few days ago has the same notched display design. Seems like this China’s Giant Telecom Company has embraced the notched display design for its future smartphones as well.
Vivo, another Chinese company, has recently launched their V9 Phone in India. And as this article suggests, the V9 also features a notched display.However, the notch is at the front of the phone, and its a bit smaller than that of iPhone X.
The next expected flagship killer, the famous OnePlus 6, for which everyone’s waiting eagerly, will also have a notched display design. Since OnePlus and Vivo are derived from the same parent company, India’s V9 might as well be a reference device for the OnePlus 6.
And Google too has noticed the new notched display trend, since smartphones with notched displays are going to keep on coming. Google has also included support for notched displays in their developer preview of Android P. Android P being the next major Android update that’s going to launch near this year’s end.
Though the notch on the iPhone X may only look bad but it’s there because it serves many functions, Apple has put cameras and multiple other sensors behind it. Though the Android version of the notch only has the earpiece, selfie camera or cameras, and the usual sensors. Though technically Android was first to introduce the notch with their with Essential Phone, but it’s obvious they only got so popular due to iPhone’s charm and luster when they mounted it onto an iPhone X.
We could say that the sudden popularity of the notched display of the iPhone X is a step forward into the future, it definitely a step towards smartphones that are truly bezel-less with the end to end displays. This year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Vivo presented their concept smartphone that had a fingerprint sensor embedded right in the display. With time as the technology matures and grows, we’ll probably get more and more smartphones that use in screen fingerprint sensor. Eventually freeing up space on front panels on the smartphones, which would be a very beneficial step for cellular devices that have front mounted fingerprint sensors.
The next best thing serving as a step towards the future seems to be the notched displays. And current users’ perception of this trend might be good or bad, but it’s a step for the greater good.