Confirmed: You will be able to hide the OnePlus 6 notch... eventually


OnePlus' decision to adopt an iPhone X-like notch on its upcoming OnePlus 6 rustled a lot of jimmies from the company's fanbase, which took it to the OnePlus forums to dissect the matter at hand. 

Obviously, the company has kept an ear close to the ground as CEO Pete Lau recently chimed in, revealing that users will be able to hide and black out the display area around the notch for a more traditional display appearance:


This promise should alleviate some of the concerns expressed in the forum thread, with the resounding one being that OnePlus doesn't listen or care to its fans' opinions and forces the notch on them just to jump on the latest design fad. Having the option to black out the display horns would allow the notch-haters to use their device as they prefer, whereas users looking forward to maximizing screen real estate will also have an option going on for themselves.

The OnePlus 6 is likely coming soon given the steadily-increasing number of leaks and even official tidbits of info regarding the device. OnePlus discontinuing its latest OnePlus 5T further corroborates this expectation of ours. You can read more about the OnePlus 6 in our dedicated rumor review which is linked just below.

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49 Comments

2. TheOracle1

Posts: 2329; Member since: May 04, 2015

If they wanted to maximize the screen they shouldn't have put a notch there in the first place. Xiaomi and Samsung seem to understand that.

4. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Absolutely !! +1

11. Sunbae-min

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Seriously U need to stop putting Xiaomi or other low grade makers in Samsung's category. What makes it different is that Samsung never follow this stupid notch trend nor it has a single reason to be an iPhone-ish. Those cheap counterfeit products are sold poorly and their makers are desperate to imitate Apple hoping that people gonna like it. That's such a false perception as real Android users have never liked that silly notch design, and that's why they choose the Galaxy line products as their daily driver while only very minor brainwashed plastic Android fans got fooled and wasted there money on those con artist manufacturers.

14. TheOracle1

Posts: 2329; Member since: May 04, 2015

Huh??

17. fyah_king unregistered

What he’s saying, is that people will buy their iPhone knockoffs thinking it’s close enough to Apple.lol

39. Stappy3

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

So I can't include Xiaomi and Samsung in the same category for anything?? Not even "Smartphone manufacturers?"

41. BullDozer

Posts: 159; Member since: Dec 18, 2015

Samsung is great and notch is ugly but check facts about Xiaomi. IDC stats say that Xiaomi had 7,2% worldwide market share at the end of 2017 ( pos 4 ). It managed to double it's market share during one year from 3,3%. Xiaomi was actually the one that started bezel-less trend on 2016 with their MI MIX model. Apple then imitated idea to their IflopX but they also added that ugly notch.

42. BullDozer

Posts: 159; Member since: Dec 18, 2015

Samsung is great and notch is ugly but check facts about Xiaomi. IDC stats say that Xiaomi had 7,2% worldwide market share at the end of 2017 ( pos 4 ). It managed to double it's market share during one year from 3,3%. Xiaomi was actually the one that started bezel-less trend on 2016 with their MI MIX model. Apple then imitated idea to their IflopX but they also added that ugly notch.

23. c.m.s

Posts: 236; Member since: Dec 10, 2017

What do you mean? "The notch" is _adding_ screen area, not removing. Black out the screen area next to the sensors give you the same result as the old "forhead" design as on Samsung S9.

27. Mikele

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Don’t mind them useless copycat same as Huawei P20 series and other midrange series in that Asia region

43. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 216; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

I agree with you that huawei, xiaomi, oneplus are all useless copycats that should all be banned from the rest of the world. However, Samsung is what Apple gets their inspiration from and copies from. Without Samsung and LG, Iphone would not be possible.

3. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Yea good for Oled display status bar,notification background with no burn in issue in screen anymore if kept with a black wallpaper then the display will be fine from day one purchase and use and It will preserve battery life too.

5. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

This all sounds like damage control !!

6. ahmadkun

Posts: 610; Member since: May 02, 2016

i don't understand anymore .. ! why you put it there from the beginning while you know that people hate it and then you give them the option to hide it? i think something is going wrong with those Chinese manufactures

9. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Yes, the better alternative would have been slim bezels without a notch and the option to include a software notch fot those who want it.

10. ahmadkun

Posts: 610; Member since: May 02, 2016

+ the notch will still be there while you are playing some games or watching some videos and the notch will be more annoying in this case.. so it will be hidden only on the home screen and other apps like music or settings

7. Feanor

Posts: 1379; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

To me offering adjustable notch sounds absurd, like if someone would put effort to offer you a movable camera or a movable volume switch, because they're uncertain of where to place it. Other do it and stand for your decision, or don't. This is exactly the type of stupid decisions you get from over-hyping features, and even more this is the mindset of Asian companies (mainly Chinese) that they have to follow the trend, even if they have no idea why.

8. antroid

Posts: 392; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

It so weird the clock is "above" the screen, they should have placed "in" the screen instead

12. Sunbae-min

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Joke on those con artist manufacturers. They make fun of Apple and Samsung, yet they still have gut to copy iPhone's notch feature which they used to take a jab at. Samsung deserve to be the real Android King forever since we never intended to be influenced by that devil Apple.

13. Feanor

Posts: 1379; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Well... Samsung is following trends quite regularly as well: Their smartwatch was response to the long term news that Apple was working on one. Waterproofing and 960fps video recording was reaction to Sony's innovation. Stereo speakers was reaction to Sony and HTC's stereo speakers. Actually apart from their expertise in displays and their pioneering of the curved displays, they are pretty much followers, just like Chinese companies.

19. Sunbae-min

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Oh my Jesus! Why are you so misleading and moron dude? Now try to disguise the fact that an idea of perception is quite different from a soon-to-be feature. Smartwatch isn't Apple's exclusive property because it's gonna be a thing for future as mobile os is being developed rapidly, so you gonna expect any smart beyond smartphone (smartcar, smarttv, right?). So Samsung's development of smartwatch is pretty legitimate and on par with today's technology standard, you don't dare to accuse of Samsung was copying, you totally wrong. The same goes for waterproof, 960fps video recording and stereo speakers, those are the soon-to-be features cos you can't refuse to accept improvement and mistake. And you know what Samsung even do them much BETTER than those backward makers, that's not imitating, that's how things gonna go that way. So what about that laughable notch? Does anyone even think about it, nah it's not a feature someone expect to come out, it's just Apple's own foolish idea to try to separate itself from the rest as it thinks it's above everyone despite it's clearly NOT. Again, Samsung is a real innovator, not copycat like your beloved Oneplus, so don't try to manipulate the fact, and bring Samsung to your cheap dirty thoughts you can only embarrass yourself.

24. Feanor

Posts: 1379; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

You don't find it a bit suspicious that from all "future standard technologies" -as you name them- Samsung targeted waterproofing and 960fps right after Sony did it? Also Sony is pretty much the real inventor of the modern smartwatch in 2012 (even the name Smartwatch is the name that Sony invented for their second generation smart watch and now we use it as a name for the entire product segment), but Samsung didn't care about Sony's attempt until they "heard" that Apple is getting in the game. You can be in denial, but Samsung, technically cable as it may be, is clearly following trends.

33. Sunbae-min

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Wow is there anything to reduce your hate on Samsung, dude, at least a little bit, if not all? Ok ok, now I'm gonna expose your ugly hypocrisy since you insist. You wanna play the game "come first serve first"? haha! Waterproofing isn't your pathetic Sony's first idea. Samsung is the one who introduced a waterproof smartphone since 2011 named Galaxy Xcover, yet Sony's first waterproof phone Xperia z just came out in 2013, and it wasn't even fully functional waterproof. Doesn't it mean Sony copy Samsung or follow the trend, by your lame definition? You're making yoruself like a clueless sony fanboy. The thing is that Samsung is much more capable in everything. There are much more features than this that Samsung can implement on their products, the question is that are those features really serve people in their daily life AND are those things well-built and have no flaw when they are on the market? And just so you know Samsung's R&D team is much larger than Sony's so don't ever dream about beating Samsung in term of innovation. So again, Samsung doesn't follow trends, Samsung follows people and reality.

34. Feanor

Posts: 1379; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Hahaha, relax dude. I don't hate Samsung, but I'm also not blinded by fanboyism like you. Of course Sony had waterproofing before the Xperia Z, the Xperia Go and other phones before it were waterproof. There were always special tough waterproof phones, but with the Z series Sony made it mainstream. If it weren't for Sony, your S9 wouldn't be waterproof, you'd have to buy an Xcover for that.

35. Sunbae-min

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

LOL Xperia GO or whatever it's still after Samsung xCover. Nice try, but still clueless. ''If it weren't for Sony, your S9 wouldn't be waterproof, you'd have to buy an Xcover for that.'' So by saying that you mean if there's wasn't HTC Dream, world's first Android smartphone, delusional Sony fanboy like you won't see an Android phone from Sony? Keep making yourself a laughing stock here, come on!. LOL

45. Xnyter

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 04, 2018

hahaha sorry for you man the first waterproof hone to introduce is the Casio Canu 502S / GZ'One with a 1.3MP camera and 256MB RAM in 2005. Then in 2006 sony ericsson released Sony Ericsson SO902iWP+. It sported a QVGA display and a memory stick duo slot and Nokia 5500 Sport. This ran on Symbian, so is the first ever waterproof smartphone. Japan was flooded soon with this waterproof/water resist phone in 2007 . Fujitsu created a whole series of phones from 2007 onwards, the Fujitsu F703i, F704i and F705i .By 2008, US company,.Sonim released the XP3 Enduro, not content with water resistance, they tried to make this phone as shock proof as possible.Back in the japanese market, Casio released the W61CA, a 5.1MP water proof phone camera. Then SAMSUNG came in to join the wagon they released it in 2009 the Marine B2100 in 2009 with 7MB of memory, it’s still in the dumb phone territory. Waterproof phone trend continue the Fujitsu F01B, a 3.4 inchtouchscreen devices with a 12.2MP camera. THE ever first android smartphone is Motorola Defy, a 3.7inch Touchscreen and 5MP Camera in 2010. AND the FIRST ever GH'z smartphone with waterproof/resist is the Sony Ericsson ST17i AKA SONY ERICSSON XPERIA "ACTIVE" in 2011, then SAMSUNG only released XCOVER just 1 month late in 2011. After that it literally copy the ACTIVE name for their own waterproof/resist smartphone variant because SONY ERICSSON only use that name for that lineup and not SONY so in the eye of every hater of SAMSUNG its a evidence of copying and not innovating names lolololololx, and dont get angry to me japanese waterproof/resist phone is in their own blood for awhile as I post it just google it man. dont bash me coz english is not my main language, goodbye and have a nice day lololololx

46. Xnyter

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 04, 2018

as an additional info dont be confuse to SONY ERICSSON AND SONY MOBILE because this company was merge and after that marriage the two separate ways and ERICSSON sell its stake to SONY, that form SONY MOBILE. And as I see it clearly even SONY ERICSSON is the first to released water proof phone it still as same company as SONY only different name and management, so dont build up a XCOVER as the first smartphone to be waterproof/resist it is the motorola DEFY still the first off all there league

40. Nickfuryroad

Posts: 43; Member since: Oct 25, 2017

Yeah, they copy only the GOOD features, not the stupid features like that freaking notch.

15. Cat97

Posts: 1921; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

This hate for the notch is just stupid, really. More display is just better, why would someone want a portion of the display to be permanently painted in black versus showing useful information and freeing space for other things ? The technology for 100% bezel-free is not here, but the manufacturers are offering the next best thing. The notch hate is just a way some people express their anger over the iPhone X resemblance, but essentially it is a great thing to have. People should think more...

28. c.m.s

Posts: 236; Member since: Dec 10, 2017

I totally agree, this hate is so ridiculous :) I too believe this would not have been such a big thing for people here if it wasn't for the iPhone X. Noone I know that do not read site like this have ever said anything about the notch, its just a obsession by phone (and mainly android) fans.

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