It's all but confirmed the OnePlus 6 will feature an iPhone X-like notch: Oppo R15 teaser tells all

Oppo R15/R15 Plus teaser

Oppo R15/R15 Plus teaser


Everyone these days is embracing the notch as Apple unlocked the floodgates with its iPhone X. While the latter had a good reason to do that, most Android manufacturers really have no excuse aside from screaming "me too, me too!" as loud as possible.

Chinese manufacturer Oppo, which falls under the umbrella of BBK Electronics alongside OnePlus, has just released a tell-all teaser for its next devices, the Oppo R15 and R15 Plus, and guess what - these too will be sporting am iPhone X-like notch. Who would have thought the most controversial design element on an iPhone ever would enjoy such a high rate of copying from so many Android manufacturers...

Now, why are you telling you this? Judging from past experiences, Oppo and OnePlus's devices quite often share one and the same DNA and look quite alike, thus whenever Oppo releases a new flagship device, you can expect the soon-to-follow OnePlus handset to sport a super-similar design. This trend can be traced back to the very first OnePlus One, which inherited the general looks of the Oppo Find 5 with just a few small differences, and more recently with the Oppo R11 and R11s, which were a foreshadowing of the OnePlus 5 and 5T.

Given that the R15 will sport a notch, we can say with strong confidence that this design quirk will also arrive to the OnePlus 6 in a few months' time. We already explored the topic at large in our fresh new rumor review for the OnePlus 6, which also showcases an alleged leaked picture of the device proudly sporting a notch.


source: Weibo via AndroidAuthority

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53 Comments

1. Boast_Rider

Posts: 516; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

That's just sad. If you want to copy Apple, copy the performance and consistency, or the camera, or the screen calibration. Not stupid things like removing headphone jacks or notches.

15. sgodsell

Posts: 6664; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It's articles like these that are blowing things out of the water. Especially when it's not true. Like the very first sentence "Everyone is embracing the notch". At MWC we saw some embracing the notch, but the vast majority of smartphones didn't support the notch. That is one of the things about Android, there is so many OEMs and device models. So if you want a smartphone with or without a notch. You will be able to find one that suites your needs. But to say everyone is supporting the notch is wrong.

17. Boast_Rider

Posts: 516; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

Even if there are many smartphones, there are very few that actually fit your needs, so you're stuck with a couple of brands. I for example don't live in a developed country. We don't earn $200k every year and can't afford $1000+ phones like others. Oneplus is pretty much the only brand whose flagships I can afford. So if they screw up, I can't buy a phone.

27. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

Even the US where I live, very few people earn over $200K and most people don't purchase $1000+ phones.

31. Boast_Rider

Posts: 516; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

Well, that's still not the point I was trying to make. It's still much harder for us. GDP per capita of my country is $2000 per year and the top 1% starts at $20000. I'm comparison, GDP per capita is $57000 in US and top 1% is around $400k. Even an average family with 2 earning members will easily make $100k there, whereas an average family here struggles to survive and find food. Even for the top 1%, the iPhone is a status symbol and a significant hit to monthly budget. Oh, and the phones which cost $600 in US cost $1000 here. For example, iPhone X costs $1500 here (average 9 month wage). It's nearly impossible for us to afford these phones, and Oneplus is one of the brands we can barely afford.

32. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

"Who would have thought the most controversial design element on an iPhone ever would enjoy such a high rate of copying from so many Android manufacturers..." Most controversial element of the iPhone seems to be not so controversial anymore. Who would have thought this might happen.....OMG LMAO. Those who laughed at and belittled Apple for that infamous notch now have to swallow their own words. Me personally has no problem with the iPhone notch from the beginning thus I welcome anyone who embrace that unique and useful feature. It increases the display area without a chin and a forehead, it adds a futuristic look to the phone and it perfectly makes sense. So far ASUS, LG and Oneplus have embraced this and I hope others will too in the future. Apple sets the trends in this smartphone business, no one can deny it by now.

38. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5474; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

I laughed at the notch as I laugh at these stupid copycats for screwing up a design. And unique feature? You can't call it unique anymore since there are several brands doing it now. Futuristic look? lol you have a weird definition of futuristic, my friend. And like others, Apple does set a trend, like all major players do. I for one don't care if brands 'embrace' the notch, just as long as there are plenty of choices left for me. I will never buy a phone with a notch as ugly and impractical as these ones.

46. checkmymike

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

Correct yourself. Essential started it all, then almost everybody copied, including apple.

33. Furbal unregistered

Think of the notch as moving the status bar up and nothing more. More and more phones will be doing it as the panels are going to be cheaper than engineering around moving the camera elsewhere (pop up) or finding a way to get the camera behind the screen.

18. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2107; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

sgodsell...every response you post is defensive. You make it sound like Android is a "company" as their are options for every customer. Bottom line...Android manufacturers such as Asus and OnePlus have "copied" the X. There are no rebuttals needed to defend this topic. There will be more Android manufacturers following Apple's moves just to generate company revenue. Originality has been long gone for Android as you said, "there is so many OEMs and device models". Enjoy dog eat dog. If Apple did the same thing I would call Apple out. Just that plain and simple.

29. sgodsell

Posts: 6664; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Asus also released more smartphones without notches. So why not tell the whole truth. Just like Huawei released a P20 lite with a notch, but from the looks of the Evan leaks. Huawei's P20 and P20 plus don't have a notch. But hey let's pretend that everyone is ONLY making notched smartphones now. But wait, did you not see all the smartphones that were released at MWC? Because the majority of them didn't have any notches. So saying everyone is jumping on the notch band wagon is a lie.

34. midan

Posts: 2501; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"Just like Huawei released a P20 lite with a notch, but from the looks of the Evan leaks. Huawei's P20 and P20 plus don't have a notch. " No all the p20 phones will have notch

48. Leo_MC

Posts: 6163; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Huawei also makes dumb phones with buttons.

52. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2107; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

What’s your point about Asus releasing other phones within their lineup beside “notches”? That has nothing to do with this argument. Bottom line they created a phone to mimic the iPhone X. That is a fact. There is no pretending. Those are your words. Name an Android phone before the launch of the iPhone X that had a notch and design similar to Apple’s. I will count for you as the number is ZERO. Your word pretending describes your own fantasy of what you think of the Android vs iOS industry...

30. miketer

Posts: 490; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

And it makes me puke, these manufacturers don't have class and self confidence on their own designs. Of all the designs, they copy the notch, the one part the general public hates the most

37. TechNeck

Posts: 626; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Actually, they copied the Essential Phone, which came out before the X was announced.

39. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5474; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

No, they didn't. While iPhone wasn't the first with a notch, their notch is distinctive enough to say they are copying Apple's ugly design and not Essentials.

19. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1140; Member since: May 01, 2017

Apple wasn’t the first to remove the headphone jack...that accomplishment belongs to HTC

25. Boast_Rider

Posts: 516; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

I never said Apple was the first, you're the one assuming I did.

40. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

Notch is not really something that a genius have to come up with. Anyone can have a notch design because the camera and sensor have to be there. It's an ugly to have but not really anyone can do. The Essential phone was the first to come out and Samsung had a drawing of this notch way back 2014. People make great deal because it's Apple.

41. Boast_Rider

Posts: 516; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

Notch is not something any genius will come up with. It's too stupid an idea. You can still have very high screen to body ratio without having a notch - just look at Samsung's flagships for this matter, they have higher screen to body ratio than iPhone X. Heck, even look at something like the Vivo Apex, which absolutely destroys anything else in creating a full screen phone, and doesn't have a notch. Notches are stupid, and unnecessary. They can put it on the bottom of the phone, and create a rotatable UI so that people can reverse their phone during a video chat and not have to look up their nose, while still keeping the top pretty bezel-free.

42. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

I agreed but not everyone want to have that big black bar run across the top and bottom. They are trying to cheat making it like bezel less but have to have a notch in order to have the camera and sensor there. Anyway it looks stupid imo. But why do people always asumming everyone copying Apple? The ideas have brought up by many companies in the past and like I said even Samsung have this drawing way back before Apple came out the notch. Wonder why people are calling this site PhoneArena.

43. Boast_Rider

Posts: 516; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

I never said Apple was the first to do it. It's nonetheless stupid. Even with the black bars, the s9 has higher screen to body ratio and it looks better.

47. E34V8

Posts: 109; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

I'm coming from an iPhone 7+, switched to OnePlus 5... The performance of the iPhone is not that great at all. Compared to the 5 or the phone i had before the iPhone 7+ (SGS7) felt sluggish, slow and not that responsive. Tested an iPhone 8+ as I wanted to change the 7+, but it felt no different. So far I'm very pleased with the OP 5. Performance is on another level. But if OnePlus decide to use an ugly notch in OP 6, I'm not buying it.

51. Boast_Rider

Posts: 516; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

The Oneplus 5 is a faster phone than the 7+, even the 8+. I never said Oneplus makes slow phones. I own a Oneplus 3 and it still performs pretty well, barring the occasional frame-drops(that's common to all SD820/1 phones). I'm just saying as a general statement to copy good things from a brand, not the bad ones.

2. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Notch is looking good on R15 definitely not on OP6

3. MarmiteTheDog

Posts: 185; Member since: Jul 31, 2017

Idiots

4. talon95

Posts: 976; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Really Oppo? Can't you just recognize good designs and avoid the bad ones?

5. hurrycanger

Posts: 1752; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

That notch seems small. If the top and bottom bezels are as thin as on the iPhone X, I'll say it's impressive. Please don't make a notch while having some ridiculous bottom bezel.

6. cmdacos

Posts: 3786; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Throw this in the trash can

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