Will it blend? A notch can never be 'hidden' on LCD displays
by Daniel Petrov / Mar 27, 2018, 5:28 AM
Not to rain on the phone makers' parade, but their push to fake-make droolworthy screen-to-body ratios by equipping their handset's screens with a cutout at the top, is a #metoo moment, and, no, not that #metoo, but the copycat variety. Once one manufacturer decided to do it on a mass scale, all the lemmings feared they will be left behind, unable to cite 90%+ screen-to-body ratios in their marketing materials, and Google happily sang along, introducing native support for the notch in the upcoming Android P edition.
iPhone X), the original one is minimalistic (Essential), and some are in the golden middle between a notch and its reasons to exist (Huawei's upcoming P20 duo). Still, manufacturers are giving us the option to hide the notch, if we don't like it, by painting the horns in its color scheme to blend it in, and leaving the screen canvas below in a more orthodox rectangular format. Apple, however, went with OLED display on the iPhone X, and those apps which use the horns, as well as those that are trying to hide it by blending it in, can take advantage of the true black that OLEDs are capable of. After all, black on OLED means a pixel that is completely turned off, and blending looks fine, as you can see in the Halide photography app header above.
On LCDs, however... well, there is backlighting that is always on, and seeps light through the cracks, no matter how high-end the panel might be, so black actually looks very dark gray, if you are lucky. That is why we were a bit miffed to hear that Huawei, for instance, will give you the option to turn off the notch in the interface, by blending it in as if it's just the middle of the status bar. The problem is that, while the top-shelf P20 Pro is said to come with OLED display, the P20 and P20 Lite have LCDs, and, well, a picture of a "hidden" notch is worth a thousand words when it comes to LCD displays.
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Why hide it?
posted on Mar 27, 2018, 5:43 AM 0
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Yeah, you are right. Notch is a style. Apple made it popular, so no one should hide it.
posted on Mar 27, 2018, 6:02 AM 1
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The notch is ugly and it offers no real functionality. As a matter of fact the notch offers less functionality. Even apps have to be modified in order to use the space properly (the dumb cutout). Apple's implementation was the dumbest because it has the least amount of space to actually use. Plus Apple is FORCING it's developers to support the notch. Your app will be rejected by Apple if it doesn't support the iPhone X notch.
posted on Mar 27, 2018, 8:31 AM 9
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The notch allows you to put the notifications further up, freeing up more real estate. As much as I loathe Apple led by Captain Cook, not everything they do is bad. Also, looks are subjective. I wouldn't mind a P20 Pro, as it has the 40MP cam.
posted on Mar 27, 2018, 11:13 AM 0
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The only issue I have with the notch is that it cuts into multimedia consumption and the workaround with the black bars looks really bad. Other than that, I don’t see what’s wrong with it from a cosmetic standpoint.
posted on Mar 27, 2018, 7:08 AM 0
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Why don't they just make it such like Samsung and LG styles? No notch at all. Notch is ugly and faking its real screen to body ratio. Apple iPhone X is ugly to begins with, compared to the more elegance Samsung S8 and LG V30. iPhone 8 could be much better in looks if only if its bezels trimmed down.
posted on Mar 27, 2018, 7:18 AM 1
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Are OLED displays really truly black? Everytime I see a Samsung Galaxy S8 switched off, I see that the actual screen colour is a greenish dark grey, which does not blend well with the black bezels. An LCD display looks blacker when switched off. Maybe the pixels of an OLED display remain switched off to represent true blacks, but they are not true black to begin with when they are switched off. The LCD screens may bleed some backlighting through their black areas but they are darker when switched off to begin with. Check your Samsung Galaxys and you'll notice immediately.
posted on Mar 27, 2018, 7:31 AM 0
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If you check gsmarena sunlight contrast ratio, It measures light reflection when screen turned off, you see that all AMOLED screen have the best ratio of black at room light. So you're simply wrong assuming LCD are blacker with screen off.
posted on Mar 27, 2018, 7:59 AM 1
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Wrong, that greenish dark gray color you're talking about may be caused by reflecting from a light source (e.g sun). However, get into a dark place and switch to a black wallpaper, you'll notuce the light bleed or grayish tone of the LCD panel while the OLED will effectively blend in with the black bezels
posted on Mar 27, 2018, 12:02 PM 0
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This is not true and totally against reality. The black bezels of a Samsung Galaxy S8 and the switched off screen never blend together, no matter what lighting. On the contrary switched off high quality LCD displays blend very well to black bezels, when under one continuous glass.
posted on Mar 27, 2018, 12:07 PM 0
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iPhones are better than any Samsung phone!!!!
posted on Mar 27, 2018, 7:38 AM 0
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This whole notch thing is just a proof of concept to show where OEM's currently are with screen manufacturing capabilities - curved screens, pieces of screen that are missing etc. No consumer ever asked for this thinking it would make for a better UI or better viewing experience. It's no different than removing the headphone jacks...but apple was right when they used the term 'courage'. Takes a lot of guts to force something like this on consumers...sometimes 'thinking differently' can sink a company. Having said that...it's hard to get away from the notch when other OEM's start using it, so there should be native support built in to all phones to help hide the notch. (Put a piece of black duct tape at the top/center of your tv and tell yourself that it looks good and isn't distracting) Got to admit that I'm a little disappointed...was hoping for another 'will it blend' video.
posted on Mar 27, 2018, 8:34 AM 0
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