In order to increase the screen size and keep up with the trend of borderless design that began with Essential Phone and iPhone X, smartphone OEMs have jumped into the trend of notched displays. The display slot is basically a top cut that is part of the smartphone display. Some of the advantages of displaying a notch are that it retains both sides of the display area to show information such as time, battery percentage, and so on.
With display notches, smartphone OEMs can now offer the largest screen space without having to give up the top critical hardware such as selfie cameras, receiver speakers, other sensors, LED indicators and more. Now you can get a 5.5-size 6.2-inch smartphone.
Whether you like it or hate it, there are different types of display slots – smartphones with a notch display.
iPhone X Notch
Apple’s iPhone X uses a spectacular edge-to-edge display that occupies the front end of the entire smartphone. Ok, almost the entire front of the phone. Unlike the Android flagship products of the Pixel XL 2, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and LG’s V30, the iPhone X is not equipped with a top bezel; instead, it has a wide display slot that looks strange.
The gap on the iPhone X includes the TrueDepth camera system, which supports the iPhone’s Face ID facial recognition technology. It also integrates the hardware elements required by Apple’s new Animoji features and infrared sensors.
Prior to the introduction of the iPhone X, the display gap (design) caused a lot of discussion among consumers and industry experts, most of which were negative. But as time goes by, many people have become accustomed to Apple’s design choices, so the hatred of this gap has gradually disappeared. Android smartphone makers are now adopting this gap concept on their smartphones.
Medium-sized Notch (Oneplus 6, ASUS Zenfone 5Z, Huawei P20 Pro, etc.)
Shortly after the launch of the iPhone X, a large number of Android smartphone manufacturers joined the ranks and released smartphones with gapped displays. Huawei P20 Pro, OnePlus 6 and ASUS Zenfone 5Z also have a notched display (but a smaller display).
Unlike the iPhone X, Android phones such as the OnePlus 6 come with new features that allow users to control the gap in whatever way they want. The user can turn it off (gap) in the Display Settings.
By doing this, a regular black bar appears at the top of the display, similar to the normal black bars we see on many other Android phones. On this black bar, system time, battery indicator and notification will be displayed. If you don’t like this gap, you can let it disappear. This is a unique feature that Apple’s iPhone X has not yet provided.
Water Drop Notch (required PH-1, Oppo F9 Pro, Vivo V11 Pro)
Indispensable is the first launch of a smartphone that is ahead of Apple’s “gap.” Of course, a few weeks later Apple was eclipsed at the iPhone X level. Oppo created the name Waterdrop with the launch of the Oppo F9 Pro.
Although the Essential PH-1 gap (similar to the Oppo F9 Pro gap) has not become mainstream, many Android phones such as the Vivo V11 Pro have introduced water droplets.
Although the “regular” gap mainly consists of speakers, pre-camera cameras and other types of sensors, such as notification LEDs, IR blasters.
The water droplet recess – due to its shape and size – does not fit, it only contains the front camera. Its main purpose is to provide more screen space on the phone display. There is no doubt that it is an attractive design element, but the function of the water droplets is still a bit fuzzy.
In other words, the water droplet gap is a very good difference in the crowded gap display, but its function is very low.
The notch display design has now become a mainstream design element, especially with the launch of the budget Realme 2, which claims to be the most affordable phone with a display gap. Realme 2 starts at Rs 8,990 ($125).
Apple’s iPhone X has a display gap, because Face ID technology requires a variety of sensors in front, but on Android, the gap display is just an aesthetic choice. The gap may not be a permanent fixture for Android smartphones.
Android phones such as Vivo Nex and Oppo Find X take the full-screen experience to a whole new level. This phone uses an electric pop-up camera, without any ugly gaps and 92-93.5% screen to body ratio.
Pop-up cameras (such as pop-up cameras in Vivo Nex) may not be ideal (long-term reliability is primary). But design changes like Oppo Find X and Vivo Nex show that smartphone makers are experimenting with new ideas to get rid of the ugly gap. Essential released the first smartphone with a notched display and patented a similar camera design for Vivo Nex.
You like the gap display. If so, which one do you like the most? Tell us in the comments