Should Android phones be embracing the notch? (results)


Should Android phones be embracing the notch?

NOtch on my watch!
72.64%
Notch you worry, it gives the best screen-to-body ratios
7.19%
Whatever, everyone copies everyone
20.17%

Last week, we asked you whether Android phones follow in Apple's footsteps, and embrace the notch to reach higher screen-to-body ratios, yet letterbox videos or provide unsightly scenes in full-screen apps, or should they be following in the footsteps of Samsung and Xiaomi with its Mi Mix series in trimming the bezels all around, yet abstaining from cutouts and other general patchwork. Well, nearly 73% of our 2950 respondents are adamant against any bezel cutouts, big or small. About 20% are in the "I don't care" camp, while just 7% think it is a svelte idea, as long as it brings higher screen-to-body ratio. Mark that, gentle or brutal copycats!

Asus already did it, but LGHuaweiOnePlusOppo, and plenty of other less known Android warriors are reported to have phones in the works that flaunt a top bezel cutout to house the front camera, earpiece and other paraphernalia, in an Essential Phone, or, the more likely inspiration - an iPhone X notch style. Should Android phones be embracing the notch, though?

Copycat legalities aside, the "notch" allows a manufacturer to boast extremely high screen-to-body ratios. The new Asus Zenfone 5 boasts 83.69% of it in our benchmark calculations, which is a bit higher than the iPhone X's 82.35%, as the Zenfone has narrower notch, and still, the Galaxy S9, which sports an oldfashioned uninterrupted, but very thin top bezel, beats them both with 84.36%, which only gives way to the Essential Phone's 84.85%, but this one has the most minimalistic "notch" of them all.


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24 Comments

1. wesley.

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Essential phone and a Sharp phone had it before iPhone. Both Android. I prefer no notch though. Looks whack.

10. DolmioMan

Posts: 335; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

And there’s a reason there’s a huge influx of notch devices showing up 6 months after the iPhone X was announced. Doesn’t matter who did it first, they’re still copycatting Apple.

2. andriodfanboy1

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I did not took part in pool coz i didn't even understood even a single option out of 3 it would have been alot better with yess no i don't mind

37. firebird820

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 01, 2017

And I didn't understand your comment

3. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I wonder how many Apple users voted: Notch you worry, it gives the best screen-to-body ratios

7. Sparkxster

Posts: 1240; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

I don't mind the notch at all as long as it is implemented in the right way. Essential and mi mix 2s did it right.

8. breathless

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 01, 2017

It just shouldn't be calculated into the screen/body ratio, period. Especially if the software isn't made to account for it. "Here's some more screen for you, but you can only see a certain % of it!" - how does it even make sense to consider that part of the actual screen?? These strips of displays we used to call secondary/ticker displays, not even that long ago...

12. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3157; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

You can't have it both ways, it's either a notch or bezel. Those sensors, earpiece and cameras have to go somewhere.

13. japkoslav

Posts: 1520; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Vivo and Xiaomi already proved it's possible.

21. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Bezel over notch anyday. I don't mind some bezels. I'm using Galaxy S7 and that much bezel don't bother me at all.

24. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

What about Galaxy S9 or the new rumored Vivo smartphone ? They both have over 80% screen to body ratios and yet without notch.

15. ahmadkun

Posts: 616; Member since: May 02, 2016

thanks god giving us sumsung, no notch , and keeps the features that we need :)

19. japkoslav

Posts: 1520; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Well, they did release Samsung S6 ... Let us hope they learned their lesson.

22. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

If you can't go completely "Notch-less" because you have to put a front facing camera up there, then by FAR the best and least intrusive solution is the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S. All FF cameras should be done like that, or via pop out like the Vivo concept phone. Otherwise, give me a small bezel like Samsung, and call it a day. No notch please.

26. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The notch is a compromise, pure and simple. I'll take a thin top and bottom bezel over the notch any day. And since the thin bezels are already there, slap in some funny facing stereo speaker in them. Not the earpiece and bottom facing - that's also a compromise.

27. Zoenphlux

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 05, 2011

I don't understand the need for bezel-less stuff. It's already getting too difficult to even use with one hand with these extra tall displays. You have to kill your hand to reach all the way up, or all the way down to hit buttons. I do like a minimal display, but if you have to make an ugly phone like iPhone x and essential phone, you might as well just leave the top black.

31. sunnyfpy

Posts: 288; Member since: May 12, 2013

Why copy stupid stuff?

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