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.