Love it or hate it, there’s a good chance most every flagship launching this year will feature an iPhone X-like notch on the display. Despite efforts by some OEMs to persuade the public it’s actually more of a hardware feature than a feeble attempt at mimicking Apple’s design — we’re not buying it.
Yesterday we saw OnePlus provide some preemptive damage control by announcing the OnePlus 6’s notch “feature” ahead of the phone’s formal unveiling. In an exclusive interview with The Verge, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei justified the inclusion of a notch by calling it the natural design progression of a large displayed phone with front facing sensors. Um, sure. Okay.
Shortly after telling his followers to “Learn to love the notch,” Pei ended up deleting the tweet, likely due to backlash over the comment. But OnePlus wasn’t the only company talking about notches…
Just earlier today, LG took to Reddit asking users how they felt about the notch. You may remember recent leaks of the LG G7 showed off a display notch, so it’s not hard to imagine LG was looking to gain a little insight.
We’ve seen a LOT of comments around “The Notch” over the past few weeks, from people who love the quick access to the menu to those that hate the wasted screen space. We would love to gather some more feedback to share with our R&D team- and this is where you come in. So…what do you think? Love the Notch? Or is it Notch your thing?
Feedback, of course, was less than enthusiastic and after a few short hours of making the rounds across the blogosphere, the post was mysteriously removed.
So what did we learn today? Well, despite consumer’s disdain for the notch, manufactures are about to go all-in on display notches this year. Whether or not this is an actual deal breaker depends on you.