Do you know which was the first phone with a notch?


Love it or leave it, notches are here to stay, it seems, at least until Apple decides to change its top bezel protrusion design that debuted on the iPhone X. There is no denying that this upper screen cutout gained notoriety, and is being quickly replicated throughout the Android universe as we speak, only after Apple introduced the X, but there were phones with cutouts for the camera long before that.

Granted, their sole purpose was introducing as high of a screen-to-body ratio as possible, while Apple allegedly does it in order to house the unique TrueDepth camera that just brought to you that most narcissistic of the Animoji crowd, the Memoji. Do you know which companies did them? Well, without further ado, a trick question - which was the first phone released with a notch (and, yes, the smaller ones count, too)?

Do you know which was the first phone with a notch?

Apple iPhone X
6.93%
Sharp Aquos S2
24.45%
Essential Phone
63.7%
Other
4.92%

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47 Comments

1. DolmioMan

Posts: 330; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

What a s**t poll. The answer is "other" btw. The Motorola f3 from 2006 had a notch in the display to house the (M) logo.

3. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Yea, but see the picture of the article - it is iPhone X. Again another "not" biased and stupid article/poll.

44. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

This poll is so dumb. What's the point of having the first notch phone anyway? We all know everybody followed Apple's iPhone X and made the notch main stream. Apple was the clear inspiration for all these android OEMs to make notched devices which are awfully similar to the iPhone X because they know how well the iPhones sells around the world. In the meantime essential phone sold less than 50000 units in it's entire life span. Who are we kidding here guys? Also, essential phone had a small tiny notch anyway and it that the design we are seeing now in all those android phones? No. It's the iPhone X design we see. C'mon guys.... really? Lolzzz

46. MotoTech1443

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 27, 2018

The Leagoo S9 sported the notorious "notch" long before Apple even considered it on the iPhone X. The article here is not based on who inspired the first notch, but rather which phone had the first notch. It definitely wasn't an iPhone.

7. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Actually... I'm more interested about the 'LAST' phone to ever come with a notch. I'll surely drink to that! And I'm not talking about the cheap grog I drink... I'll drink something nice. G'Day!

26. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

As I've said many times: Nothing's wrong with the notch, as long as it's hidden behind , like a whole, thin, top bezel with few icons on it. NEVER to be seen, and NEVER to mess up with the usable main part of the display. Simply, Apple implemented the notch in the ugliest and most stupid way.

29. Pabliell

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

Nothing wrong with the notch, as long as you use your phone in portrait orientation. Once you switch to landsape mode, you'll see what's wrong with the notch and the Stupid:9 ratio.

42. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

I meant not to be seen even on landscape mode Hidden inside thin black software bezel

15. AmashAziz

Posts: 2923; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

You are so correct!! Thanks :)

19. Phullofphil

Posts: 1785; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

It’s not notch taking from the screen but the screen is taking from the bezzle. It’s fine if you don’t like it but untill the camera array gets embedded orother options than its here to stay. As far as who came out with it first it’s hard to say. It could’ve been in development for years by any one of these companies in my going off when it was released does not take into account when it was design or thought up

24. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It does nothing a slim bezel can't do, and looks bad. It's a compromise that didn't need to be made.

22. jonathanbohner

Posts: 24; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

damn, good call. i dont remember that one, was it available in the US?

43. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

iPhone X was the world inspiration for all these notch phones we see around the world. This poll is very ego boosting for the android fanboys, I know....lol

47. MotoTech1443

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 27, 2018

Since an Android phone did in fact sport the first notch (the Leagoo S9), Android fanboys don't need an ego boost. The facts speak for themselves.

2. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Essential has an eye. Iphone X has teeth. Very different

5. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

/pəˈteɪtəʊ/ - /pəˈtɑːtəʊ/

8. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

This polls isn't about which one have the first "eye" or "teeth", it's about notch.. And those two count as notch.

37. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

A notch is a notch. Doesnt matter what sizes or shapes it comes with.

4. Sparkxster

Posts: 1228; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Sharp Aquos S2 was first phone with notch, next one was Essential, then iPhone X and after them the others follow.

6. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Both the Sharp & Essential were released August 2017. Not sure which one was first announced though

9. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Essential announced in May.. Dunno if Sharp have any announcement for S2, since it's exclusive to japan :-/

11. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

At least 42 people are ignorant to either phone being the first ;)

41. yalokiy

Posts: 997; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

That sharp S2 is exclusive to China and Taiwan.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The iPhone X was first, and that’s that. It was also the first with split screen, picture in picture, and a 6 inch screen.

12. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

lol you forgot wireless charging ;)

16. TheOracle1

Posts: 2259; Member since: May 04, 2015

You both forgot about waterproofing!

17. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Dayyum, how could we forget such an important Apple invention.

20. Papa_Ji

Posts: 848; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

also fast charging

34. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1060; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Let's not forget facial recognition ;)

13. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2186; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

People look at this as hate because of the success of Apple. We all know that the Essential Phone was a flop. The only news to create for Essential is that Apple “stole” the idea from them. All the front facing 3D depth and mapping camera system is miles ahead of what Essential offered. That is why people enjoying hanging on to the hate. I can’t wait until Apple figures out the technology to cover the notch with display to make it an entire image. What would people say about that?

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