Nokia 6.1 Plus software update removes notch-hiding feature, but don't panic just yet

Nokia 6.1 Plus software update removes notch-hiding feature, but don't panic just yet
Potential buyers of future iPhone generations may not care as much as we expected about the infamous notch, but clearly, this is an important design element for a number of Android device manufacturers.

HMD Global wasn’t exactly an early adopter of the screen cutout trend, but the recently released Nokia 5.1 Plus, aka X5, and 6.1 Plus/X6 both follow in the footsteps of the iPhone X, and the upcoming Nokia X7 will probably do the same. 

Curiously, the Nokia 5.1 Plus is being promoted across the old continent using product images with a hidden notch, while the 6.1 Plus no longer allows its users to activate the so-called “full bezel” status bar style.

That’s right, the Nokia 6.1 Plus has received a minor software update earlier this week, and in addition to Google’s latest security patches and (vaguely) improved system stability, this removes the option to camouflage the notch.

What initially seemed like a bug, sparking the irritation of quite a few Twitter and Reddit users, was ultimately confirmed as an intentional change requested by Google. That may sound like bad news for notch haters in India, Hong Kong, and other global markets the Nokia 6.1 Plus could eventually reach, but it’s probably something that will be reversed soon enough.

Keep in mind that the 5.8-inch mid-ranger is part of the Android One program, putting the user interface squarely in Google’s control, but at the same time, that the phone currently runs Oreo, not Android Pie. The latter OS version specifically supports the notch, so whenever the Nokia 6.1 Plus will score its first major software update, odds are the “full bezel” mode will return. Until then, you’ll just need to live with the notch.

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6.1 Plus
  • Display 5.8 inches
    2280 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Dual camera)
    16 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3060 mAh
  • OS Android 10




Posts: 234; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

People like or not but 2018 is all about notches

3. Chris_ABN

Posts: 203; Member since: May 16, 2018

f**k the notch!

2. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

Essential had the first phone that had a notch. Then the iPhone X. For a site that is strictly about phones they don't have their s**t together

1. lyndon420

Posts: 6942; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Follow in the footsteps of the iPhone X? Has PhoneArena forgotten how the 'notch' craze started?? How many phones incorporated stupid screen cutouts...but it's the iPhone that gets credit for creating something ugly? Ok then. On a side note....shady updates suck....every single app on my phone is screaming for an update....I'm not listening.

5. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

You know the notch was ugly for PA before but now it’s fine.

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