Yes, the OnePlus 6 will have a display notch

Yes, the OnePlus 6 will have a display notch

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Depending on who you ask, the display notch is either an exciting advancement in smartphones or an annoying trend. We’ve seen it pop up now on devices from Xiaomi, Huawei, ASUS, and LG. The OnePlus 6 has been rumored to have a display notch, but it hasn’t officially been confirmed yet. If you were still holding out hope, OnePlus is about to ruin your dream.

OnePlus has shared the first official image of the OnePlus 6 (above) and it does indeed have a notch. The notch is home to the earpiece, front-facing camera, proximity and ambient light sensors, and LED notification light. Knowing the notch would be a controversial decision, co-founder Carl Pei had a lot to say about the implementation on the OnePlus 6.

A common argument from notch-naysayers is “why not just put all the sensors in a thin bezel across the top?” This is the approach Samsung takes with the Galaxy S9 and Note 8. Pei says they couldn’t have gone that small without compromising the quality of the components. He points out that their notch is smaller than the iPhone X notch because they don’t have a Face ID feature.

Pei explained why users should embrace the notch for extra screen real estate, “what you are essentially doing is moving the entire notification bar up, giving users more content on their screen.” The clock has been moved to the left (like in Android P), which allows more room for status icons. OnePlus is also taking great care to make sure the notch doesn’t interfere with video. When a video is playing the notch is disguised with a black bar, essentially shrinking the screen to a more normal aspect ratio.

A lot of people look at the notch as a copy-cat design choice. OnePlus is adamant that their choice to use the notch is purely hardware-driven. Along with the new gestures, OnePlus is able to utilize as much screen real estate as possible. The future of smartphones is full bezel-less displays with very few buttons. OnePlus is on that train and trying to make thoughtful decisions to get there. The OnePlus 6’s 90% screen-to-body ratio is certainly a step in that direction.

Source: The Verge