Hole, notch, bezels, or foldable: what will your next smartphone purchase be?

Hole, notch, bezels, or foldable: what will your next smartphone purchase be?
So, at the start of 2019, we can see the development of a few different trends when it comes to smartphone design. Some will stick to the good ol’ notch — as made popular by the iPhone X, and seen on many Android phones in different shapes and sizes. Some will go the “punch hole” route with an almost bezel-less display that has a hole for the selfie camera somewhere on the front. We will also get to see real foldable phones in 2019 and reports say Samsung may not be the only one who will wow us with this new tech. And, lastly, there will be those who aim to please the purists by launching more “classic-looking” devices — no notches, no cutouts, just a bit of chin and forehead on the phone to hold all the necesarry components.

All that said, what do you think your smartphone purchase in 2019 is going to be (ideally)? A notched phone? One with a hole? Are you saving up for one of those sweet, foldable jewels of high tech? Or are you one that relies on the classic chocolate bar design?

Ideally, what would your 2019 smartphone purchase be?

A foldable phone!
18.43%
A punch hole is fine by me!
33.22%
Notch — it's not bad
8.64%
Give me a classic design, a bit of bezel is fine!
39.71%

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36 Comments

1. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1239; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

You forgot the option of a slider phone, that would be my choice. All screen, no camera notch or hole because I don't care about selfies anyway.

10. TheOracle1

Posts: 2074; Member since: May 04, 2015

They also forgot the pop-up camera like my Vivo NexS. The perfect solution for me and it's doubtful I'll be buying again in 2019.

11. Bankz

Posts: 2491; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Gotta be the foldable. Anything that makes what Motorola has in store materialize, then that'll be it. Motorola has a way of nailing design or innovation Everytime.

20. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Foldable is nice, because if it can bring me a smartphone and a true table all in one device. Then it's truly worth it.

12. Poptart2828

Posts: 333; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

Slider phones, dual screen all this new tech is only in China

14. BL4NKF4CE

Posts: 122; Member since: Aug 06, 2017

There is a global version of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3. It's gonna be officially sold soon in North America. The Nex Dual has a global version as well. It's sold in Europe as well as China.

21. DFranch

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Yes, Slider. Hoping the rumor of the OnePlus 7 being a slider is true.

2. Landon

Posts: 1242; Member since: May 07, 2015

I'm either getting the S10+ or Note 10 (depending on if the Note 10 has a headphone jack) for my next device. My Note 5 still runs like a champ, but it's time for a major upgrade!

4. cmdacos

Posts: 3889; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Dual screen

5. bucknassty

Posts: 1311; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

see! we all dont mind a BIT... meaning slim bezels... gives you something to hold nawmeen?

6. surethom

Posts: 1618; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

No choice, like most I dont care where the front camera & sensors are, its about the Phone size & camera.

7. chipguy23

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 23, 2017

Bezels are just fine for me. The race to shrink bezels has truly been one of the most ridiculous things I've seen in years. The new hole punch is probably the worst I've seen yet of getting around shrinking the bezel. My OCD cant handle the asymmetrical hole so this is the first time in years samsung wont be my new phone.

8. Poptart2828

Posts: 333; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

What a pathetic state does the US market find itself. No innovation

22. libra89

Posts: 2259; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I don't understand the US market comment here. Last I checked, all of these phones are not sold here, considering that some are just regional...

26. TheOracle1

Posts: 2074; Member since: May 04, 2015

That's the point. The US market doesn't get the cutting edge stuff hence his lack of innovation comment. Even Europe has a much wider selection.

9. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I'm set for a few years; until then, someone will figure out how to put everything under the display.

13. Galen20K

Posts: 568; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

honestly i don't mind a little bit of bezel or punch hole design, it's just the natural progression of the technology. in not too long, it will all be resolved anyways to where we all would like to be. i'm not sweating it at all.

15. osterrich21

Posts: 186; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

A classic design for me is OK. More amoled screen, 3.5mm jack, optical stabilization (or that of redmi note 5 pro, gyro eis, incredible stabilization).And great camera, Sony sensors. Cpu and gpu decent.128 storage, 6/8gb ram.Back in plastic.This is a smartphone almost perfect.

25. ALMBO6

Posts: 195; Member since: May 28, 2018

Only thing missing from osterrich21's comment is a great battery life (5000 mAh, why not) and maybe removable but that one is not compulsory.

16. phoneclash

Posts: 40; Member since: Dec 18, 2018

For me it’s about price more then anything. I was one of those who got the moto z2 force for $100 (thanks to this site). Price, internal memory and NFC is what matters most to me.

17. sissy246

Posts: 7006; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I like thin bezels best. But i guess i will have to accept what ever the note 10 has. Stil want to check out the foldable phone also.

18. Cat97

Posts: 1774; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

My next purchase will be the first Android phone without a chin. Until then...no thanks !

19. Orion78

Posts: 167; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Little bezels all the way! No one asked for these stupid notch and hole designs.

23. J2017

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 25, 2017

I voted bezel but would rather slider.

24. Donbenie

Posts: 255; Member since: Aug 04, 2013

Never knew how much I hated notches and co until it was time to get a new device.. Am all for a little bit of bezels..

27. japkoslav

Posts: 1447; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

I do not need anything with a compromised screen, but as usual it's a part of the whole equation.

28. monoke

Posts: 1145; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Anything but a hole or notch. Watch too many videos/youtube to be distracted by a damn hole.

29. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3098; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

On a foldable I would prefer a Windows on ARM device but a good portrait slider a la Priv would be even better.

30. alaw.14

Posts: 414; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Probaly will buy the new infinity design (s11,n11) series. My note 8 can definetly last me awhile.

31. odachek

Posts: 115; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

A foldable phone for sure, but please take note that I don't want a BENDING phone like FlexiPai.

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