Notches are getting where they should be

Essential Ph-1 with that Notch
Blindly Followed iPhone X Notch
Blindly Followed iPhone X Notch

Brands started to adapt the notch for their phones after the iPhone X.  And you could easily tell that it is the copy of iPhone notch due to its shape. None of the people completely liked that iPhone style notch, yet it was popularized. And I think brands came to understand that and now they are moving to originality.

iPhone was not the origin of the notch. It was just the influence of iPhone than made everyone copy it. The mother of the notch is the Essential Phone. You might not know about this as this was exclusive to the US and was from a brand called Essential.

Essential Ph-1 with that Notch
Essential Ph-1 with that Notch
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As you can see Essential Ph-1 just had the front camera in the notch while that of iPhone had a wider one having a lot of equipment. While the iPhone’s notch justified it, everyone else just copied it for the sake of its presence.

But thanks Oppo, the industry is finally shown what a notch should be like. While it was the Essential Ph-1 but Oppo’s marketing has made it to the public. There was an article by Droid Life that Essential Ph-1 was ahead of its time and that’s completely true. The industry is finally getting to that style.

 Just like the Essential Ph-1, Oppo’s Waterdrop notch just is enough what is required. Nothing extra like to bring the earpiece on it but just to keep the big equipment, front camera. The earpiece is embedded in the top thin bezel which is a nice use of space.

Oppo F9 Pro with that Waterdrop Notch
Oppo F9 Pro with that Waterdrop Notch

Others have started to copy this notch style like the OnePlus 6T (rumored), the Vivo V11 Pro (both are sister companies of Oppo), an upcoming Huawei Phone, and will spread soon in the industry. If we look closely, then this is slightly better than the notch of the Essential’s. It was still bigger and taller.

The water drop design is smaller than that – not taller than required. This style cuts less screen even than that of Essential Ph-1 and far less than any other iPhone-ish copiers. It will be better if the notch is settled for a smaller size of the Essential Ph-1’s style, it will be more uniform. But waterdrop is ok for the time being.

Notches are finally getting where they should, of the size they should be – the size that can be accepted for getting a higher screen at the front. This design has and will make the brands tout an even higher screen to body ratio.

But if we still look as a whole, notches were never the solution for a higher a screen to body ratio. While it gets the job done, but still a cut out in the screen, it was never accepted although it is made a trend. Certainly, it’s better than drilling a hole in the display for the camera and to have display around a hole. Pop-up cameras are also not going to last or to be incorporated in mainstream phones.

So, for now, notches are the way to go for the brands for providing a higher screen to body ratio. And I am certainly happy that industry is finally moving to the proper and actual size of the notch rather than blindly moving after a useless bigger one.

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