Many Android OEMs are expected to jump on the notch bandwagon this year and some already have. ASUS showcased several new handsets last month with a display notch and just yesterday, Huawei followed suit with the P20 lineup. There have been a lot of reports recently that the OnePlus 6 is also going to feature a display notch and it has now been confirmed that it will indeed have a notch. OnePlus CEO Carl Pei has said that fans must “learn to love the notch.”
OnePlus has provided the first official image of the OnePlus 6 to The Verge which confirms that the handset is going to have a notch up top. The company is going down this route because it too wants to maximize screen real estate. “What you are essentially doing is moving the entire notification bar up, giving users more content on their screen,” said CEO Carl Pei.
Pei also added that the notch will certainly be present on the OnePlus 6 and that while it’s going to be bigger than the one on the Essential Phone, which was really the first well known Android smartphone with a notch, it’s going to be smaller than the iPhone X. He even provided the precise measurements of the notch which are 19.616mm x 7.687mm.
OnePlus has also had employees manually test the top 1,000 apps on the Google Play Store to determine which apps would require a compatibility mode with the notch. It’s moving the clock to the left side of the screen to free up more space for the status icons and it’s also going to disguise the notch whenever video is playing to recreate the overall screen curvature.
No further information has been revealed by the company as yet about its upcoming flagship so we’ll have to wait until the handset is officially announced.