Whether you like it or hate it, the anomaly of a full-view screen is now shaping into a trend. The general opinion on the notch is quite polarized. Quite a few people discard it as ungainly and unnatural, but quite a few others view it as a distinguishing design element.
Apple is most likely to retain and even expand the “Notch” to its entire portfolio this year and it looks like Android OEMs aren’t averse to this peculiarity either. Even Google will be adding the support for the notch in the upcoming Android P. At the end of the day, It’s about giving consumers what they want and the force seems to be really strong with the notch.
In fact, quite a few OEMs have already released or are confirmed to be working on Notched-display devices. Here are some of the already official and upcoming options:
1. Asus Zenfone 5Z and Zenfone 5
The Asus Zenfone 5Z and Zenfone 5 (First Impression) launched at MWC 2018 have 6.2-inch Full HD+ displays with 19:9 aspect ratio. If you eliminate the strip running along the top that accommodates the notch, the remaining panel is 18:9. The screen-to-body ratio is a stunning 90%. The display quality is also pretty good.
Both Zenfone 5Z and Zenfone 5 look same on the outside. On the inside, both Zenfone 5 and Zenfone 5Z have powerful performance hardware (Snapdragon 636, Snapdragon 845). Other worthy features include AI-powered dual rear cameras, fast Face Unlock, Glass back, Hi-res Audio output, and 3300mAh battery
Asus Zenfone 5Z specs
Display: 6.2-inch (19:9) Full HD+ IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 845 SoC | RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: up to 256GB | Software: Android 8.0 | Rear camera: 12MP + 8MP | Front camera: 8MP | Weight: 155g |Battery: 3300mAh
Asus Zenfone 5 specs
Display: 6.2-inch (19:9) Full HD+ IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 636 SoC | RAM: up to 6GB | Storage: up to 64GB | Software: Android 8.0 | Rear camera: 12MP + 8MP | Front camera: 8MP | Weight: 155g |Battery: 3300mAh
2. Huawei P20 and P20 Plus
Next to join the notched-display bandwagon will be Huawei. The Chinese major is already setting the grand stage for P20-series and has rolled out invites for the March 27 event to be held in Paris.
Credible leaks that surfaced on the opportune point in time (Galaxy S9 launch day) all but confirm that these phones will have a notch. A few reports also confirm the presence of triple rear cameras on one model. Other touted features include fast and secure Face unlock, AI capabilities, and Android Oreo-based software.
Huawei P20 specs (expected)
Display: 5.7-inch (19:9) Full HD+ IPS | Processor: Kirin 970 SoC | RAM: up to 6GB | Storage: up to 64GB | Software: Android 8.0 | Rear camera: 40MP | Front camera: 24MP |Battery: 3320mAh
Huawei P20 plus specs (expected)
Display: 6.0-inch (19:9) Full HD+ IPS | Processor: Kirin 970 SoC | RAM: up to 6GB | Storage: up to 64GB | Software: Android 8.0 | Rear camera: 40MP | Front camera: 24MP |Battery: 4000mAh
3. Oppo R15
The Oppo R15 is now official and kicking. It comes in two variants – Oppo R15 and Oppo R15 Dream Mirror Edition. This is particularly interesting because of the design semblance Oppo R-series has shared with OnePlus devices in the past. If Oppo R15 has it, it won’t be far-fetched to presume that OnePlus 6 could have a display notch too!
The Dream mirror edition is powered by Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor and the base R15 model is powered by mid-range Helio P20. We don’t expect Oppo to bring R15 to India anytime soon.
Oppo R15 specs
Display: 6.28-inch (19:9) Full HD+ IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 660 octa-core | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 8.1 | Rear camera: 16MP+5MP | Front camera: 20MP | Battery: 3450mAh
Oppo R15 Dream Mirror Edition specs
Display: 6.28-inch (19:9) Full HD+ IPS | Processor: MediaTek Helio P20 SoC | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 8.1 | Rear camera: 16MP+20MP | Front camera: 20MP | Battery: 3400mAh
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4. Vivo V9
Vivo V9 (Review) is the first notch-display phone to hit retails shelves in India. The handset has a 6.3-inch 19:9 display, is powered by Snapdragon 625 chipset and runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based software out of the box.
There are dual cameras on the rear (16MP+5MP) and a 24MP selfie camera on the front. Other features include AR stickers, AI-based beautify mode, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, 4K video recording, Face Unlock, Fingerprint sensor and dedicated microSD card slot.
Vivo V9 specs
Display: 6.3-inch (19:9) Full HD+ IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 626 SoC | RAM: up to 4GB | Storage: up to 64GB | Software: Android 8.0 | Rear camera: 16MP+5MP | Front camera: 24MP | Battery: 3260mAh
5. Oppo F7
Not only Vivo but its sister company Oppo has also teased its upcoming phone with a display notch, the F7.
All Oppo F7 Specs have already leaked online ahead of its launch. The next-gen selfie-expert will house the selfie camera in the notch and flaunt a staggering screen-to-body ratio. The chin makes the broadest strip of bezel on this phone.
Oppo F7 specs (expected)
Display: 6.23-inch (19:9) Full HD+ IPS | Processor: Helio P60 | RAM: up to 4GB | Storage: up to 64GB | Software: Android 8.0 | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 25MP | Battery: 3400mAh
6. Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s
Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 2S will also debut on the same day as the P20, but half-way across the globe in China. Xiaomi has already confirmed that the Mi Mix 2S will be powered by Snapdragon 845 chipset and the leaked renders show a notch.
The position of the notch in leaks, however, keeps shifting and thus its hard to say anything with certitude. One of the major peeve points of the Mi Mix 2 was its odd selfie camera location. The selfie camera was mounted on the bottom and users had to turn it over each time they needed to click selfies. To fix, this Xiaomi will either shift the bottom bezel and selfie-camera to the top or etch a notch. We will know for sure on March 27.
Mi Mix 2S specs (expected)
Display: 6.01-inch (18:9) Full HD+ IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 845 SoC | RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: up to 256GB | Software: Android 8.0 | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP | Battery: 4400mAh
7. Essential phone
Essential phone launched last year was the first phone with a display notch. Its camera cutout is, of course, a lot smaller and less distracting. The phone had a few issues but has gradually fixed most of its shortcomings (including the price).
The handset is powered by Snapdragon 835 SoC paired with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage. It runs stock Android software, has 3040mAh battery, and is available in multiple colors. We heard reports that Essential Phone could launch in India soon, but since these were most unsubstantiated, we wouldn’t be betting on its availability in this part of the subcontinent.
Display: 5.7-inch (19:9) Full HD+ IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 835 SoC | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 8.0 | Rear camera: 13MP| Front camera: 8MP | Weight: 185g |Battery: 3040mAh
8. OnePlus 6
A Recent OnePlus 6 leaked prototype shows a notch display. Since we are still a good 3 months or so away from OnePlus 6 unveiling, there are good chances that OnePlus discards the prototype and goes for an entirely different design.
But it’s highly probable that OnePlus is indeed considering the notch for its upcoming flagship killer. After all, the OP 5 had an uncanny resemblance to another Apple phone as well.
Also Read: OnePlus 6 expected features
9. Noa N10
The Noa N10 is one of the cheap iPhone X clones that you can order from China. The phone has a 6.02-inch display with Full HD+ resolution and is powered by MediaTek MT6763 chipset paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.
Other features include Android Oreo-based software, 3600mAh battery, dual rear cameras. The official demo video shows that the software hasn’t been optimized for the Notch. Of course, we can’t recommend anyone to buy this but its there nevertheless.
10. Oukitel U18
Oukitel U18 is an affordable phone with 5.85-inch 21:9 display and a notch. The hardware isn’t competent though, and that explains the budget price.
The Oukitel U18 is powered by MediaTek MT6750T chipset paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The phone houses a 4000mAh battery has dual rear cameras, and a 13MP selfie snapper on the front housed within the notch.
Display: 5.85-inch (21:9) Full HD+ IPS | Processor: MediaTek MT6750T SoC | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 8.0 | Rear camera: 16mp+5MP| Front camera: 13MP |Battery: 4000mAh
Phones with Notch Display
As the year progresses, we will certainly be seeing more of the controversial notch-design. And there are good chances that the Notch will, after all, stick. We will keep adding relevant options to the list as they surface. Meanwhile, we’d like to know what you think about the Notch.
Last Updated on March 23, 2018.