Huawei compares the notch on the P20 to the one on the Apple iPhone X and says smaller is better

Huawei compares the notch on the P20 to the one on the Apple iPhone X and says smaller is better
When it comes to the notch on a smartphone, Huawei says that smaller is better. Currently the second largest smartphone manufacturer on the planet, the company is flexing its muscles in the midst of a press tour in the U.K. by comparing the size of the notch on the Huawei P20, to the one that adorns the Apple iPhone X. On a giant sign that is placed behind the stage, we see the top of both phones with the words "Minimal Notch, More Notifications" above the images. However, what Huawei doesn't point out is that the P20 has a chin, which is something that the iPhone X doesn't have.

Many other phones have an even smaller notch than the Huawei P20, including the Oppo R17 with its teardrop screen. The latter handset also sports a very small chin. And the Essential Phone also sports a small notche.

But the ultimate goal is to offer a nearly bezel-less phone without the use of the notch. And while their have been such devices offered, such as the Vivo Apex (with a selfie camera that pops up from the top of the handset), for this year at least, quite a few Android manufacturers have embraced the notch. Google has added native notch cutout support to Android Pie, and the Google Pixel 3 XL will have a nice-sized cutout based on leaked videos and pictures of the device.  Of course, not every Android phone carries a notch, most noticeably those produced by Samsung.

Ironically, while the world seems to have gone notch crazy, there is speculation that Apple will go notch-less with the 2019 iPhone models. This can be achieved if suppliers are able to shrink down the components and sensors currently housed in the TrueDepth Camera. Apple has already been awarded patents that could allow the technology to be placed in the display using microscopic pores. And while the iPhone wasn't the first handset to employ the notch, if next year's iPhones arrive notchless, you can be sure that it will also start disappearing from Android models as well.

(Top image credit: Vlad Savov / The Verge)

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1. Ninetysix

Posts: 2966; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

They should also compare the chin.

2. Papa_Ji

Posts: 885; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Also the thick border all around the display.

6. maherk

Posts: 7029; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Are you sure you want to compare the black border? Because I'm pretty sure it's almost as twice as big on the X. Still, I agree with the OP, Huawei are stupid in comparing the notches on both phones while ignoring the big a$$ chin they put on their recent phones.

15. Papa_Ji

Posts: 885; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Mathematically Both p20 pro and X has ~82 screen to body ratio.... Means X has much thicker borders then P20 Pro.

17. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I'm sure he's supporting Huawei with that comment.

28. yalokiy

Posts: 1116; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

That chin at least has a good reason -- fingerprint scanner with built in gesture navigation.

3. Nionx

Posts: 208; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

You know what's better than a small notch? NO NOTCH!!! FOH with this nonsense. P20 is a great device visally ruined by the me too craze for notched displays. At least the Porsha design is notch less showing what could have been ( even though the price is outrageous)

13. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 765; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Let the truth spill out of your veins.

24. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Precisely. The notch is unnecessary as proven by Xiaomi, Samsung, Vivo etc

4. Clars123

Posts: 1079; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

Huawei stop,please. Apple at least had the courtesy to remove the chin and not photoshop the side bezels in photos.

9. ijuanp03

Posts: 669; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Nah... the side bezels on the P20 is really thin compared to Apple. Apple is actually late to the party when it comes to screen to body ratio.

5. nikhil23

Posts: 503; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

no notch is much better

7. theunspoken

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 06, 2017

Small or big, notches are ugly.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22520; Member since: May 28, 2014

Well, Apple has a more minimalist approach when it comes to many things on it's smartphones, notifications included. But Huawei is correct when they say that there are more notifications shown on their smartphones. There are no lies detected here. However, I'd also like to add that I personally believe that smartphone OEM's should spend more time perfecting their products, and less time taking jabs at each other, Apple included. Huawei makes very competitive, compelling, and feature rich products. They don't need to go at Apple like this, as they have already leapfrogged them for the #2 spot, market share wise. And rightfully so, IMO. I just received my Huawei Mate 10 Pro today (wanted to test out a Huawei flagship, and got this for a very good price) and I must say, I am blown away by the performance, camera and features. So much so that I'm going to sell my iPhone 8 Plus and use the Mate 10 Pro as my daily driver going forward.

10. monoke

Posts: 1197; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Huawei: Ours is much smaller. Apple: Only by a notch!

11. ijuanp03

Posts: 669; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Technically, Huawei is correct. Their notch is smaller. Even better, the P20 has fingerprint scanner on the front. A very convenient way to unlock when your phone is at your table as you do not need to raise the phone.

12. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 300; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

No notch, minimal bezels and no pop-up cam is the best, whoever comes up with it

14. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2276; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

More advertising for Apple...Why do Android companies take shots at the valued trillion dollar company? No need to. Apple buyers aren’t buying Android devices. Their are more Android buyers going to Apple.

23. mootu

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

"Why do Android companies take shots at the valued trillion dollar company?" Why do you feel the need to state that Apple is a trillion dollar company in almost every post? They were not the first and they wouldn't have even got there if they hadn't propped up the share price with the $100 billion share buyback (Tim Cook giving himself a huge bonus in doing so) Apples real value is around $150 billion cash that they hold plus assests which is nowhere near 1 trillion.

16. jacky899

Posts: 431; Member since: May 16, 2017

I like the small notch bit I prefer big notch with small chin over small notch with big chin


Posts: 467; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Compare the chin now. Who even asked for the fingerprint scanner on the front.

20. notfair

Posts: 767; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

I just want to add 2 things: 1. This happened during the P20 announcement in Paris on the 27th of March 2018 which makes this "NEWS" almost 6 months old... Nothing new to write about PA? 2. At the Mate 10 announcement (16th of October 2017) they were mocking Iphone X for it's nothc and how their phones have not and never will then later on, BAM BOOM, notch on the P20, I mean, this is pathetic.

21. epdm2be

Posts: 827; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

"...while ignoring the big a$$ chin they put on their recent phones." You probably mean: while ignoring consumers whishes to have NO notch at all! As is proven by one of those polls on this site. Huawei are a bunch of idiots with no vision! F them!

25. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Comparing android devices to iphones proves that apple is the lead in mobile industry. Flaterring!!!

26. Japultra

Posts: 133; Member since: May 16, 2014

Actually it just means they are a leading competitor of Huawei.

27. panrt321

Posts: 100; Member since: Aug 23, 2018

OK but Mate 20 pro with big notch look on render, and P20 big chin. LG G7 Better, and V40 same.

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 31664; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The smaller notch displaying more information is a no brainer, but move the FPS to the back, and add more screen. The iPhone sorely needs a rear FPS, FaceID, and a passcode isnt enough for me.

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