Even before OnePlus confirmed that its next flagship smartphone is going to be called OnePlus 6, the company confirmed that it’s going to have a display notch. That very same black bar at the top of the display that has been popularized by the iPhone X but in reality has been used before by other manufacturers as well. OnePlus has now revealed that it’s going to release a software update for the OnePlus 6 after it’s launched which will let users hide the notch.
OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei recently talked up the notch in an interview and even tweeted that fans should learn to love the notch. Fans weren’t too happy with the company’s decision and they were quite vocal in their displeasure.
Many inquired if it would be possible to hide the notch by making the status bar black and the icons white. Huawei already lets users do this on the P20, they can use this simple software feature to effectively make the notch disappear.
OnePlus CEO Pete Lau talked more about the notch in a post on the company’s official forums. He said that OnePlus did consider a black-out feature in the early stages of development of the OnePlus 6 but decided against it since it wanted to focus all of its time and resources on “delivering an exceptional full-screen experience.”
However, since many users have raised interest in a black-out feature, OnePlus has confirmed that the feature will be added to the OnePlus 6 in a future software update after launch.