From our last week poll, a whopping 91% of voters are either not getting any of the Galaxy S9 series or are opting to stick with their current device as it serves them well.
This week, we will be looking at the “notch” concept in a smartphone display design. Since the release of iPhone X about six months ago, there has been a growing number of Android smartphone manufacturers who seem to fancy the notch design. The likes of Essential and Sharp have rocked some sort of notch way before Apple used it but it was the iPhone X that obviously popularized this design. Now the likes of Asus, LG, Huawei, OnePlus, OPPO, Meizu and other Android manufacturers have either used this design or are gearing up to use it. However, is the notch really relevant to Android devices?.
The main reason for the notch is to increase the screen-to-body ratio by creating only a small compartment (notch) which houses the front camera, earpiece, and other relevant sensors. However, manufacturers like Samsung and Xiaomi have shown that smartphones can achieve really high screen-to-body ratios without a notch.
Notched Asus Zenfone 5 and iPhone X boasts of 83.6% and 82.35% screen-to-body ratios respectively while the likes of Xiaomi Mi MIX and Samsung Galaxy S9 which uses really thin bezels on all four sides have 83.6% and 84.36% respectively. Of all the notched devices, only the Essential Phone has a higher screen-to-body ratio of 84.9% but it also has the most titchy notch.
In recent times, the notch idea is becoming some sort of menace. So what do you think about the notch on Android phones? Cast your votes in the polls below and if there is anything you need to add, let us know in the comments.