OnePlus has confirmed to The Verge that its next flagship smartphone, likely called the OnePlus 6, will ship with a notch cut out at the top of its display. The company confirmed the information with Vlad Savov who has expressed his disinterest in notches in the past. OnePlus CEO and founder Carl Pei wanted to make his company’s case to Savov in an interview which you can read about here.
In the piece, Pei says its company’s notch on the OnePlus 6 will be larger than what’s on the Essential Phone but smaller than the iPhone X’s. In fact, exact measurements for the notch were given, sitting at 19.616mm x 7.687mm. An official image of the notch can be seen above.
Pei notes it was able to shrink the notch because OnePlus feels “the need to have structured light on our phones” isn’t required, but it had to make it bigger than some of the smaller cutouts on the market because they needed to fit components like a user-requested LED notification light, earpiece for phone calls, and ambient light/proximity sensors. For better or for worse, though, the notch will be there.
To accommodate the extra hardware, OnePlus has designed its software with better precision and attention to detail than most competitors have. It’ll be placing its clock on the left side of the notch while notifications sit to the right. A black bar will hide the notch when it may get in a users way such as when viewing a photo or watching a video. Navigation gestures like on the iPhone X will be prevalent as well to rid the phone of the normal navigation bar.
But before you get your hopes up, the OnePlus 6 will still have a chin, unlike what’s found on the iPhone X. Pei admits that the X’s chin is “on the back of the phone,” meaning Apple used a curved OLED display to yank the screen around the shape of the phone and house all the necessary internals ribbons for the panel to work within the rear of the device. This isn’t only hard to accomplish, but costly as well. Therefore, we may not see many Android phones with omitted chins until some point down the road.
OnePlus says it wants users to “learn to love the notch” since so many competitors will be implementing it in future devices as well. Of course, every OEM has its own reason for including the design feature, and OnePlus says it’s to maximize screen real estate. But considering this is the goal of many manufacturers, it looks like notch cutouts at the top of phone screens are here to stay, whether you like it or not.