So, guys, the OnePlus 6 will have a notch. We’ve seen it in leaks before, but we didn’t know whether that would actually come to pass.
That is, until company man Carl Pei decided to just confirm the details himself, even going as far as sending The Verge a shot of the phone and its cute little notch.
He also felt the need to defend the thing, noting how it adds more screen real estate where a bezel would have been otherwise. It’s a good point, because if that was just going to be a typical thick bezel then why wouldn’t you want more room to work with?
Functionally speaking, it’s growing on us. (Or, at the least, some of us are going to simply tolerate it.) But we still can’t shake the feeling that the notch wouldn’t have been so ubiquitous if not for Apple jumping on the board. Call Sharp and Essential the first all you want, but Apple clearly blazed the trail.
For his part, Pei says OnePlus most likely wouldn’t have gone this route this fast if not for Apple, but display manufacturers were already shopping these designs out before Apple’s went official. It comes off as if OnePlus knew the notch would take off, but they likely didn’t. Apple did it, and now so are they.
Oh, and his final take on the matter: learn to love the notch. If not, well, it’s time to move on from OnePlus.