Nokia 5.1 Plus' display notch mysteriously being hidden by HMD Global across Europe

Nokia 5.1 Plus' display notch mysteriously being hidden by HMD Global across Europe
Nokia 5.1 Plus product image in Germany

HMD Global only recently announced the international debut of the Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 5.1 Plus and, although the company has openly embraced the notches they bear in Asian markets, HMD seems a lot less keen to do so over in Europe.

While neither device is available to pre-order across the continent, the Finland-based company has gone ahead and activated the Nokia 5.1 Plus product page in multiple countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine). In the process of doing so, though, the company has made some modifications to the images that are used in the hope of disguising the notch. Specifically, while product pages in Russia and Asia show off the Nokia 5.1 Plus with a wallpaper that extends all the way to the top of the status bar, showing off the notch entirely, these new images include a blacked-out background within the status bar, giving the impression that no notch is included.

Due to the fact that no Nokia 6.1 Plus pages have gone live across Europe yet, it’s unclear if the company has a similar strategy planned for this smartphone or any other notch-bearing smartphones that may be in the works. If this does turn out to be the case, however, it could indicate that European consumers are much less fond of the controversial design feature than others. What remains unclear for now, though, is whether the Nokia 5.1 Plus will ship with the notch hidden by default straight out of the box in Europe.


source: Nokia (translated) via: GSMArena

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9 Comments

1. aashis.sapkota

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

What the h***. This is the joke of the day :-D

8. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 740; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

If you think this is a joke. Then this article isn't meant for you! Who cares if it has a notch?

2. ahmadkun

Posts: 665; Member since: May 02, 2016

After years from now when technology tops level MAX .. i don't know how to tell my son about these days phones.. how we ended up with tons of notched display phones just trying to have our dream bezel less phone..

7. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

“how we ended up with tons of notched display phones just trying to have our dream bezel less phone..” This statement has just too much of sadness. :(

3. cmdacos

Posts: 4330; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

They're embarrassed of it just like every OEM should be.

4. Vokilam

Posts: 1380; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

What should be embarrassing is the fact that it’s possible to make a phone without chin - and they still do!

5. ijuanp03

Posts: 661; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

what's more embarrassing is the fact that Apple can't remove the notch while cheap OEMs can.

6. Vokilam

Posts: 1380; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

cheap OEMs removed the notch, but placing a pop-up camera - and the same "cheap OEMs are charging $1000 for their phone too... show me a cheap phone with bezeless, chinless and notchless design?

9. jetttech

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 01, 2019

they were not trying to make people think that it is notchless they disabled the notch in those markets and they did not just disable the notch in the eu they also did it in australia and new zealand

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