History of the notch: Who copied who (and why Apple did it best)

As soon as I begin typing the word ‘notch’, I can almost hear the distant clatter of countless fingers on keyboards, “OMG, so ugly,” “Why is this a thing,” “Apple copycat,” “Nuh-uh, Apple copied Essential.” So on and so forth.

That’s why we thought it would be interesting to examine the notch closer, and not as the supposedly purely aesthetic choice many people take it to be, but rather as a functional part of the modern smartphone, that is likely going to serve a purpose for longer than many people would like.

Who did it first?
This seems to be one of the most common questions …


No, the iPhone X wasn't first to market with a notch, but neither was the Essential Phone (poll results)


Yesterday, we asked if you know which notch-y phone was first to make it to the markets worldwide, and, yes, the question included smaller-than-iPhone-X notches that only house the selfie camera, or the camera and earpiece. About 64% of our 3634 respondents said it was the Essential Phone’s notch protrusion that goes around the front cam that was released to the public first. 

In fact, Sharp’s Aquos S2 pre-dated its release with a few days – August 14 vs August 17 for Essential – although it was never launched stateside, but rather hit the markets in Asia. Sharp has …

Sketch reveals the exact dimensions of the Pixel 3 XL's notch & chin

After two leaks yesterday revealed the first live images of Google’s next flagship, a new sketch courtesy of Steve Hemmerstoffer has now confirmed the exact dimensions of perhaps two of its most controversial design features, the display notch and chin.

In exact dimensions, the display notch on the Pixel 3 XL is 23.8mm wide and measures 8.1mm in depth, making it one of the deeper cutouts on the market due to the extremely thin bezels that are present elsewhere on the device. Nevertheless, the notch certainly isn’t the largest one out there, with both the iPhone X and Xiaomi Mi 8 sporting …

This is what a bezel-less iPad with Face ID could look like, and it doesn't need a notch

Images by @MilenYanachkov / PhoneArena.com

An iPad with Face ID, or at least a model without a physical home button, is very likely to come out this year or next. Several changes introduced in iOS 12 for iPads, including a host of gestures straight from the iPhone X, seem to corroborate the many reports claiming that a bezel-less iPad is coming. Furthermore, well-regarded market analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities has gone on record to say that he believes upcoming iPad Pro models will support Face ID, which has opened the floodgates for speculation about …

Hands-on images suggest budget Lenovo Z5 complete with notch may be coming

Despite constant teasers suggesting the Lenovo Z5 series will be one of the first to boast a truly bezel-less design, the latest leak reveals what could be a very disappointing reality.

Taking a look at the images, not only does the smartphone on show include a display notch, but also a rather thick bottom chin – a far cry from recent claims. Looking at the rear, a typical dual-camera setup is featured in the top corner of the panel, with an LED flash accompanying it below. Also, as is common these days, a circular fingerprint scanner is also featured on the rear of the smartphone. Now, …

The iPhone 9 may be released in November, as LCD light leakage plagues the notch

To LCD or not to LCD? That may be the question Apple is struggling with when it comes to its rumored “affordable” 6.1″ iPhone, whose CAD-based render you see above. Hot on the heels of the rumor that Apple may swap LCD for OLED at some point, comes today’s report claiming that the iPhone 9, or whatever Apple calls its single-camera phone this year, will be released no earlier than November.
That’s a month (or two, depending on when the fall iPhone crop is scheduled for announcement) later than the usual launch timeframe for iPhones, but …

Motorola One Power leaks out again, could be the first Moto phone with a notch

Earlier this week, we saw a render of an unannounced Motorola smartphone allegedly called One Power. Today, the device can be seen once again, this time in a real-life photo (embedded above). 
Revealed by Slashleaks, this new photo seems to show a Motorola One Power prototype. If you zoom in and squint really hard, you may notice a certain caption at the bottom of the device, just below the company’s logo: “Motorola Confidential Property. Not For Sale.” 
The Motorola One Power has an almost bezel-less screen …

Possible iPhone SE 2 screen gets compared with the iPhone X: Check out the smaller notch

Talk about a second generation of the small but potent iPhone SE has been around for some time now, with the gossip windmill spewing more and more leaks and gossip as the developer-centric WWDC nears. The most substantial leak that we’ve got hold off is an alleged display panel for said iPhone SE 2 that features a notch, heavily hinting that the iPhone X design language could seep down to the smallest iPhone lineup.

A brand new leak originating from the vast expanse that Twitter is shows us two screen protectors, one clearly intended for the iPhone X, and a similar-looking but …

Xiaomi Mi 8 SE renders reveal Mi Mix 2S-inspired design with added notch

It was only revealed yesterday that Xiaomi had plans to launch a cheaper Xiaomi Mi 8 SE on May 31 alongside the regular Mi 8. But now, with just one day to go before the unveiling, a promotional render and poster have revealed the smartphone’s design entirely.

Overall, the Mi 8 SE takes on a much more rectangular form factor, reminiscent of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S. In fact, the overall design is so similar to that of the latest Mi Mix flagship that the only major differences are the inclusion of a display notch and a reduction in the chin size. Now, when it comes to the regular …

Unannounced Motorola One Power leaks out, features a notch and iPhone X-like dual camera

Motorola is seemingly getting ready to launch a new smartphone that tries too hard to be an Apple iPhone X. According to Android Headlines, the upcoming handset is called Motorola One Power, and should be part of Google’s Android One program – this means it’s going to receive fast software updates throughout its life. 
As you can see above, the alleged Motorola One Power features a nearly bezel-less display with an iPhone X-like notch. Not only that, but the handset’s back hosts a dual camera that looks a lot like the rear camera of Apple’s …