If there is one question everyone has been asking for the past year is that what is the deal with a notch on every smartphone? Although the concept was introduced first by Andy Rubin’s Essential PH-1 back in August last year, the iPhone X has made it quite the standard.
Many of the top Android smartphone makers immediately rushed to copy the notch implementations in their respective flagship smartphones. Soon you could see a whole bevy of smartphones that are coming with notched displays. So is the notch here to stay?
One could argue that the display is the most important part of the screen. We really do need to have more screen on a smaller body to get the most out of a smartphone. That is what everyone is trying to accomplish. However, if the phone is all screen then the sensors and most importantly the front camera will have to be sacrificed. The notch gives the phone space to hold the camera while giving the phone a lot of screen real estate as well.
However, here we have to say that perhaps the notch future is not as bright as people thought it out to be. Smartphone makers are actively trying to ditch the notch to give a full-screen experience. The best example of this is the Vivo NEX and the Oppo Find X smartphones.
These two smartphones employ mechanical sliders to hide the front-facing camera and in the case of the Find X, even the dual-camera on the back, inside the phone. What comes out is a display which happens to be all-screen and no bezel. Though there are several risks associated with this kind of implementation, an increasing number of smartphone makers are going ahead with this mechanical slider. Durability is something that comes to mind when talking about moving mechanical parts on a smartphone.
The list of upcoming smartphones that are going to use it includes the Mi Mix 3 and the Honor Magic 2. In the near future, we may be able to put in what could be termed as an in-display front facing camera so that there is no need to employ a front-facing camera on a mechanical slider. The future certainly holds a lot of opportunities for a screen that has no notch and just a big screen that is more or less the same size as the body.
Notched screens are obviously going to be a temporary fix for smartphones as the future is going to be full of smartphones that can bend and flex. The quest for a smartphone that is all-screen and no bezel or a notch can still be considered a bit far away though.