The Essential Phone, which was made official in May last year, was the first smartphone to feature a notch on top of the display. However, the notch became a topic of much discussion only after Apple introduced the iPhone X in September. While the notch does give the iPhone X a unique appearance, most consumers weren’t too impressed with the design choice. Despite that, it appears a number of Android smartphone makers have been inspired by Apple’s design choice and we are expecting to see at least half a dozen new smartphones with a similar notch this year.
Asus ZenFone 5 (2018) and ZenFone 5Z
Asus introduced the ZenFone 5 (2018) and ZenFone 5Z smartphones at its Mobile World Congress 2018 press conference in Barcelona last month. In terms of design, both smartphones are nearly identical to the iPhone X with a notch on the front and a 90% screen-to-body ratio. The ZenFone 5Z is the Taiwanese brand’s latest flagship offering and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor, paired with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage. The ZenFone 5, on the other hand, is a mid-range device powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 octa-core processor.
Alleged live images showing the OnePlus 6 had been leaked online last week, showing a notch on top and a glossy glass back with a vertical dual-camera setup. As we told you in a previous report, most OnePlus fans were not very impressed with the images, mainly because of the iPhone X-style notch. Unfortunately for OnePlus fans, it has now been pretty much confirmed that the OnePlus 6 will actually have the same notch, thanks to the OPPO R15 and R15 Dream Mirror Edition images that were leaked online recently. More about the OPPO R15 below.
As we mentioned above, multiple images of the OPPO R15 have surfaced on the web recently, include ones published by Chinese telecommunications regulatory authority TENAA. According to TENAA, the R15 will feature a large 6.28-inch AMOLED 1080 x 2160 Full HD+ resolution display with 19:9 aspect ratio and a notch on top. OPPO has also confirmed that the smartphone will have a high screen-to-body ratio of 90%. As you can see in the image above, the OPPO R15 appears very similar to the iPhone X from the front. The R15 series smartphones are expected to be officially unveiled sometime later this month in China.
LG G7 ‘Neo’
Recently leaked images of LG’s upcoming flagship G7 smartphone have confirmed a design that looks eerily similar to the iPhone X from the front. The notch will not be the only key design feature that the LG G7 ‘Neo’ would share with the iPhone X. Leaked images and the hands-on video from MWC 2018 suggest the next LG flagship is going to come equipped with a vertical dual-camera setup at the rear and a glass back for wireless charging support. In terms of specs, the G7 reportedly features a 6-inch 1440 x 3120 OLED display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio. As you would expect from a 2018 Android flagship, the G7 is said to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core SoC, paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. Another variant of the handset with 6GB of RAM and 128GB onboard storage is likely going to be offered as well.
Huawei P20 and P20 Pro
Huawei’s next flagship smartphones, the P20 and P20 Pro are also going to sport a notch at the top. However, unlike the iPhone X, it appears the P20 will have a physical home button on the front, with a fingerprint sensor embedded inside it. The Huawei P20 Pro, on the other hand, will feature a fingerprint sensor on the back. Both the P20 and P20 Pro smartphones are going to be officially unveiled on the 27th of this month at an event in Paris, France. Along with the P20 and P20 Pro, Huawei is also expected to introduce the mid-range P20 Lite at the event.