What will it take to make an all-screen phone?

The notch, why do phones have it?

It all began with the iPhone X, or the Essential Phone to be fair – the quest for the secret for attaining an all-screen display on a smartphone.

Apparently, it’s all about giving users more room for content on their phone’s screen. There used to be a time when people were okay with the size of bezels on their phones – a time when bezels were neither hated, nor loved.

“Seems like a poor use of space”

2018 was a year marked by brands going for as much all-screen display with the tech they’ve got in hand. It also turned out to be a significant year in the area of top-notch phone design. The bezels and chin got narrower and notches started showing up.

While the iPhone X received mixed responses for its notch, Apple fans ultimately got used to it. But the thing with notches is that they don’t go well with all phones.

Many Android fans were disappointed when brands started going with notches on their flagship phones. But the notches did become mainstream, at least for a while.

Samsung went with the idea of: You know what’s better than having a notch on top of your phone? Not having a notch, at all.

A few smartphone brands including Xiaomi, Honor, Oppo and Vivo went creative and brought out phones with catchy gimmicks to deal with the front-facing camera and the sensors in order to achieve maximum screen ratio.

We saw sliding front-facing camera modules on phones such as Oppo’s Find X and Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 3. The front-facing camera went to the bottom-right of the chin of the phone with the Mi Mix 2S. Dual displays were put into use by Vivo’s NEX to totally avoid the hassle with the front camera. Then we saw the all new hole-punch displays on phones including the Samsung A8s and Honor’s View 20.

What’s next? Is the notch here to stay?

Achieving a 100% screen-to-body ratio is impossible on a smartphone, period.

We haven’t been able to implement the front-camera under the display or integrate it without being noticeable. It’s a black circle, or a bar, depending on the manufacturer, and it’s here to stay until we come up with new tech in the future.

You could settle with a sliding camera or a dual display or other crazy gimmicks, but you’ll know the future is here when you wonder where the camera is after taking a selfie with an all-screen phone.

Let’s look forward to that future.


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