The smartphone notch isn’t going to last much longer. As quickly as the notch came into fruition, it looks like OEMs are quickly racing to replace the notch with the punch-hole camera cutout. Samsung and Huawei are poised to release the first devices with a punch-hole display, but they’re not the only ones working with the new display technology. A newly-leaked video of the Lenovo Z5S has surfaced which shows off its punch-hole cutout for the front-facing camera.
The punch hole on the Lenovo Z5S’ display is perfectly centered, dividing the status icons on the right from the notifications on the left. While this setup mimics the minimalist notches we’ve seen on the OnePlus 6T and the Essential PH1 (the first device to show off a display notch), Huawei and Samsung will likely be placing their punch-hole for the front camera in the top left corner of the display.
As for the Lenovo Z5S, the device is expected to be a mid-range Android smartphone with a few high-end specs. The Lenovo Z5S powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 with 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 6.3-inch 1080 x 2340 Pixel display, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, triple-sensor camera on the back, single 8MP sensor up front and a 3210 mAh battery. The phone has already been certified by TENAA which means we could see an official announcement about the phone between now and CES 2019 which takes place on the second week of January.
On the surface, the punch-hole cutout for the front-facing camera isn’t much different than a display notch. Based on what we’ve seen so far, would you rather own a smartphone with a notch or a punch-hole cutout for the front-facing camera?