Would you like to see a ‘notch’ in a future Xperia?

by XB on 7th March 2018

in News

One of the most polarising smartphone design trends that emerged last year, was a cutout or ‘notch’ in the display. The Essential Phone PH-1 was the first to use one, with a modest cut-out for the front facing camera. However, the design was popularised by Apple, with the launch of the iPhone X and its infamous notch, which housed numerous components including infrared cameras for Face ID.

One of the main reasons that this design was adopted by Essential and Apple, is to use a near bezel-less edge-to-edge display. The big limitation with current display technology, though, is that you still need to house the necessary front-facing components somewhere (proximity sensor, front-facing camera, infrared sensors etc.).

However, while the initial launch of these devices caused derision, it appears that a number of Android manufacturers are embracing the notch in their latest smartphones. MWC 2018 saw a number of smaller phone manufacturers release designs with notch fully present – including the Asus Zenfone 5, Oppo R15, Leagoo S9 and Ulefone T2 Pro.

The madness is not stepping there though, LG is widely reported to be using a notch in its upcoming G7 flagship, while there are similar rumours for the OnePlus 6.

Now to see a truly bezel-less Xperia phone from Sony, like the above seems a bit fanciful right now. After all, we’ve only just moved from Sony’s OmniBalance/Loop Surface design language to ‘Ambient Flow’ after a number of years. But given the fact that a number of Android manufacturers are jumping on this ‘notch’ bandwagon, would you like to see something similar from Sony? Is this a design that you like? We’d love to hear your views on this in the comments below.

  • Moisés

    In 2012, Sony registered a patent , it is about a way to have camera/sensors beneath screen.
    I doubt they go ugly notch.

    It is disgusting …

  • Manuel Picos Otero

    NOOOOOOO.I hope it does not occur.

  • Naime Shirou

    Nooooo!!!!!!! XZ2 already look good!! NOTCH Is for iphone only. If sony having notch. Then i will say Sony Copy other phone for the forst time!! The XZ2 may look like htc on thd back. But i must say its just a coincidence. Sony want to create a phone that good in hand. So the make that curve. And sony to add wireless charge features also. So they using glass. Waalaaaaaaaa. Sony not copy. Just coincidence.

    No matter what. Notch never look futuristic to me. So no need. Yeah :D

  • Antero Masonen


  • TracerBullitt

    Sony smarter than that, now’s the time to one-up Apple and prove it with their behind the screen tech.

  • Melvin22

    Yes sure but on a midrange phone just like a test

  • RockStar2005


    Sony IS too smart for that, I hope. lol They need to stand apart from the rest, not with them.

    I can’t believe how many phones are getting the notch though!

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    Oh hell to the no :(

  • Bruno Herrera

    Don’t even dare

  • ChiTownT3x


  • Ju Rgen

    Omg clearly not…

  • JC

    Hell no!

  • JC

    I lost faith after the lastest flagship.


  • Cecco1970Effeffe
  • Rafaella Santos

    next Xperia curved in front curved sides Galaxy note 8 Xperia XZ2 fans think ugly

  • Eduardo Otero

    I DO NOT want a full bezel-less design that pushes Sony to put on a bloody awfully notch. I’d rather go with a hodden camera.
    Well I want bezels.

  • kamal marwah marwah

    Just make xz1 design bazelless,ambient flow design is ugliest

  • kamal marwah marwah

    I was huge Sony fan but after xz2 design I m moving to another brand

  • kamal marwah marwah

    Where is oled phone with dual cameras

  • Cecco1970Effeffe
  • Barricade

    No. Any phone with a notch is a no-go for me. I really hope Sony, Google and Nokia won’t go with a notch, or I’ll have to get myself a Samsung at long last.

    (I like stock android, or as close to stock as possible.)

  • Marcus

    Although their following of the trend of removing a headphone port makes this more likely hopefully they won’t so they can keep dual front speakers.

  • Frode P. Bergsager

    No problem with a notch in display, but without headphone jack I will probably choose another brand after 9 years of Xperias.

  • Belal Samy

    One of the most features of Sony is the design language which separate Sony from any other brand..
    Of course this notch is so rubbish.. and its surly against Sony design..

  • jonoave


  • DBS

    The XZ2 line should have told you that no, they’re not smart. At all.

  • DBS

    Rumours are that the iPixel 3 will get a notch (because of course it will, Apple did it). And seeing as the Developer Release of Android P supports a notch…I think you can cross Google from that list of potential buys.

  • حسين العريبي

    Dont copy i phone

  • Ederson Baumbach .*.

    I think this would be cool as long as it did not limit the display of the indicators and alerts from the top bar.

    I made up a small example (using MS Paint :D ) of how I wish it were…

  • Sadman Khan

    How about no?

  • Ederson Baumbach .*.

    My “renders” were kind of weird, but that’s what I was able to do where I am now…


  • paul_cus

    I like the notch for iPhone, but not for Xperia.

  • SeVeMaS

    Hell no, please keep those front facing stereo speakers

  • HAWX

    Ambient Flop.
    Just reeuce the bezzels of either Z2 or Z3 or Z3+ or Z5 Premium and see the sales bazooka. Always hard to understand Sony..

  • Talos the Robot
  • Richard Brutski

    Why not? They already proved that they are just another Apple-sheep company when they unveiled that HTC..I mean huawei generic phone in February. While they’re at it, remove the SD card slot?

  • Richard Brutski

    I said the same thing, and looked at other phones, only to realize there is no more “unique” left. Sony was the last one not producing generic blobs.

  • Niels d. G.

    Dual cameras are useless marketing gimmick, and in half of the brands that feature it, the secondary rear camera is a fake that doesn’t do anything at all. A YouTuber proved this by showing that covering the secondary lens had absolutely no impact on the bokeh effect that supposedly works by using the secondary lens to sense depth.
    And even the legit dual cameras are put to shame by what Google’s Pixel 2 can do with just one lens and its depth-interpreting algorithm.

  • Richard Brutski

    Every brand is exactly the same. Name a flagship that isnt an 18:9 glass soap-bar design with a rear mounted finger-print sensor. The only difference is the brand slapped on the front or back.

  • Richard Brutski

    Again, as DBS said, the XZ2 should tell you that no, they are not smart.

  • Talos the Robot

    If Sony wants to copy any phone then this is Vivo Apex not the iPhone X. Take notes from Vivo Sony and don’t even stare at Apple. The chinese are becomming the true innovators in smartphones now.

  • RockStar2005

    DBS said that after I posted. lol

    I like the XZ2 for the most part. Though back is just ok not crazy about it.

    I love their phones. But I HATE their business sense (and lack of BALLS when it comes to the U.S. market, which they SHOULD be kings of but choose instead to be b*tch a$$ sideliners lol)

  • NinJy

    No thanks.

  • Richard Brutski

    Now they chose to be sideliners who sell a generic phones for a high price. AKA dead.

  • RockStar2005

    Wow lol

    XZ Premium is a generic phone?

  • Richard Brutski

    No. The XZ Premium is a Sony, a great phone that is the opposite of generic. The XZ2 is a generic phone with sony slapped on it (in the wrong spot too).

  • Barricade

    Well, maybe the notch support is because of pretty much any major OEM except for Samsung having a notch nowadays. I still have hopes. We’ll see, but if you’re right, my next phone will have to live long enough until they can get true bezelless without the need for a stupid notch.

    Also, calling it an iPixel is still very immature.

  • DBS

    “pretty much any major OEM except for Samsung having a notch nowadays.”

    Any major CHINESE manufacturer you mean. All the iPhone rip-offs are using the notch. But the actually good phones not designed for the Chinese market – Samsung’s, Nokias, Alcatels, Blackberries, Motorolas etc – aren’t adopting the notches.
    And even LG isn’t guaranteed to have it. The notched phone that has been floating around as the supposed G7 has been scrapped by LG.
    We’ll see.
    But I don’t think we’ll see important phones adopt notches. Those who do will be immediately seen as iPhone copycats. If everyone but Samsung adopts notches, Samsung will be delighted with it as it will simply just solidify their position as the ruler of Android sales.

    I don’t expect Nokia and Blackberry to adopt it either, by the way.

    Also, I will continue to call those shit Google iPhone rip-offs iPixels, and I still don’t give a f*ck if you like it or not ;)

  • Khalid Abdi


  • CG

    To me, a notch would only be acceptable if the screen parts left and right of the notch were always reserved for special GUI elements (ie notification bar), but not acceptable in current Android state because the notch can hide part a picture, movie or application.

    So currently I prefer no notch with a small bezel for the front cam or no bezel with a retractable cam like Vivo Apex.

  • Reptile64

    DEAR GOD NO!!!

  • shumayal

    It’s not a design. It’s a compromise.

  • Khalid Abdi

    I rather lose a 3.5 mm than having a notch Yuck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! seriously

  • Khalid Abdi


  • WOW! Love both!

  • azzido

    No thank you, notch is nonsense…

  • RockStar2005

    So I’m gonna assume then you hate 18:9 too?

    I’ll agree that the Sony name should be on top, but I don’t think it looks generic. I don’t really get the curve in the back but I don’t necessarily dislike it either.

    I’m really just waiting (impatiently) for the release of the XZ2 Premium, which the guy who runs this site told me was actually supposed to be announced at MWC but at the last minute they decided not to for some reason. I’m hoping it comes out in June (or earlier) like the XZ Premium did, and with a better design than the XZ2, which is possible. But w/o T-Mobile VoLTE, it will be yet another phone I won’t buy. Would’ve got the XZP last year if it wasn’t for that issue. No joke. So instead got the LG V30 which is really great too (esp on audio), but I mean, there’s only ONE Sony. lol

    I’d love it if we could combine HTC’s attitude with Sony’s phones. HTC may not sell through U.S. carriers much anymore (except Sprint, but F Sprint lol), but u can EASILY go on their site and get a locked T-Mo or UNLOCKED phone, and even the unlocked one they certify for T-Mo VoLTE. They even tell you right there on their site so u don’t have to rely on third party info which may not be right. Why the F can’t Sony Mobile do that?? It really annoys me Richard. You wanna be a wuss and not advertise here, fine. But at least don’t gyp the people who DO wanna buy your phone in the U.S.

  • Ahmed Ebrahem


  • Dexter Moregan

    Absolutely Not.

  • ganesh

    hell no

  • Moisés

    Above the camera there are 4 little holes.

    Laser AF, RGB, flash LED and something else. The first hole.
    Does anyone know what’s that?

  • Alvin

    Well if they do that, then my money goes to other manufacturer with a phone that has no notch.

  • Glyptho

    No to the notch

  • Bulitz

    A sleeveless t-shirt!

  • Ognjen Markovic
  • Sungkyung Kim

    It seems like that many smartphone brands are following this “notch” design this year which looks to losing the own identity or uniqueness on its design.
    SONY. on Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 compact, what the people castigating thesedays is the apparantly poorer design than its previous flagships like XZ1 and XZ1 compact.
    Someone argue that Xperia XA2 looks even more pricier than XZ2.

    I hope SONY to modify their new design, for at least, the location of the camera (rear one) and the fingerprint sensor be changed along with the thinner top-bottom bezel, lighter weight on XZ3 (possible branding). However, I also hope SONY’s future smartphone’s design to be different from those of notch-designed phones.

  • Ali Mir

    Doesn’t really matter. Does it?
    That ‘ambient flow thing – now with a notch’ would always be a soap shaped bath-tub inspired device with no headphone jack or dongle to support the previous audio devices.
    Sony has already left their path and praised by many now. They will like their newly attained status of manufacturing ‘reviewer-friendly devices’ and would want to follow the trends.
    My only hope is… They look back at their previously released devices (From CMD Z7- which was my first ever phone, that reliable T610, awesome Walkman / Cyber shot phones, Arc, Play, Ray and so on… all the way till XZ1) and at least realize that they have lost their identity.
    And, then give us a XZP2 with blocky corners and a headphone jack. I hope this realization occurs very soon. Like, in September this year :p.
    *fingers crossed*.

  • shenoy

    Sony is not a copycat Co. Hope Sony still will come up with something unique n make us happy n proud.

  • rakuen

    Yess,I agree with you
    Part beside notch should be reserved for notification bar, signal, battery etc,, even in landscape
    So we can view battery status, notif, signal even when we see a movie fullscreen,,

  • Jer

    EN OH

  • Richard Brutski

    What is voLTE? I have an x Compact on t-mobile that I imported from Europe.

  • Vijaykumar

    No. Notch is not good.

  • RockStar2005

    That’s cool. Oh you have T-Mobile too? Kewl.

    VoLTE is short for Voice Over LTE. For people who have T-Mobile we have 2 main radio “high bandwidth” bands we use, and now 1 (soon 2) newer “low bandwidth” band called Band 12. The low one has like 2 times the reach and 4 times the ability to penetrate through buildings as the high bandwidths do, so it’s pretty valuable. Thing is, with T-Mobile, you CAN’T have access to Band 12 for calls (I think for data u can though?) UNLESS your phone is certified for T-Mo VoLTE. So if you’re in an area with bad reception and only Band 12 is coming through, w/o VoLTE, you wouldn’t be able to call out, even for 911.

    Other brands like HTC and OnePlus offer unlocked phones which are T-Mo VoLTE-certified, so why the F can’t Sony Mobile? It’s inexcusable IMO.

    See here’s the odd thing, though I guess good for you since you like Compacts………..Sony Mobile, in their ever-infinite “wisdom” lol, decided to certify VoLTE ONLY for the XZ1 Compact last year, NOT XZ1 or XZP, aka the REAL flagships. lol For 2018? They decided to only sell the XZ2 Compact through Verizon (aka Verizon Exclusive), no other carriers will get it. So Verizon ppl who buy it will get VoLTE for sure, but not T-Mo. Doesn’t make sense? Yeah, it doesn’t. Sucks?? DEFINITELY! lol

  • Richard Brutski

    If sony doesn’t change their mind and keeps going with this awful “new” (unoriginal, copied) design, I’ll keep this X compact for a long time, then upgrade to an XZ1 compact if something happens to it. Hopefully this isn’t the case, but as far as I can see, the XZ1 is the last phone ill ever need/want so thats good to hear.

  • iia3ezu

    Personally, I think the notch is ugly and distracting; you’ll immediately understand when you use the phone in landscape mode.

    It’s also partly why the iPhone X was a flop (everyone should read tech news and financial reports etc, to keep yourselves updated). Apple has already scaled down the production of iPhone X.

    Anyhow, the Xperia phones have bigger issues to contend with than a silly notch, although a notch Xperia is more or less the final nail into Sony Mobile’s coffin.

  • RockStar2005

    Yeah I am ok with it but would def prefer they up their game on the XZ2 Premium.

    Yeah you’re lucky in that you’re a fan of the Compact series, so for you, the XZ1 would be perfect since you have T-Mobile.

  • Alessio Torres

    Who ever has suggested this should be shot just for doing so!

  • Richard Brutski

    Was planning on getting the XZ2 compact, but it turned out to be so awful. Threw up when I saw it, then threw up again reading about what they did to it.

  • RockStar2005

    lol I C.

    Well if you have T-Mobile, it doesn’t sound like the XZ2 Compact would be FULLY compatible with T-Mobile’s VoLTE anyway from what I can see (hopefully I’m wrong). So the XZ1 Compact would be the way to go.

    I guess people on XDA found a way to mod the XZ1 or XZP using a mod created from the XZ1 Compact, and this mod gives them VoLTE on T-Mo’s network. But it requires rooting and I don’t have the patience for that anymore. I rooted my HTC One M8 a few years ago, and it was cool at first, but rooting means you gotta maintain it manually which sux, so I vowed never to do it again. Or else I’d have the XZP right now.

  • Richard Brutski

    Do you know if the X compact is compatible with VoLTE? I never use voice call anyway, but it works great.

  • RockStar2005

    Having VoLTE also will give you: 1) Faster connections when you dial out and 2) Better call quality.

    Umm……….good question. I just checked and it looks like no (which is what I figured)…………


    If it was me, and I really loved Compact versions like you seem to, I’d upgrade to the XZ1 Compact, and the U.S. version with that to ensure T-Mo VoLTE-certification. I’m not 100% sure the int’l XZ1 Compact has T-Mo VoLTE-certification, but if I had to bet on it, I’d bet no.

    Getting a U.S. XZ1 Compact would give you extra piece of mind. It would for me. There are certain areas that only T-Mo’s Band 12 covers, and if you’re in one of those area or ever are, then you’d be much better off with VoLTE.

    https://www.amazon.com/Sony-Xperia-XZ1-Compact-Unlocked/dp/B074P5FMGC/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1520485317&sr=1-3&keywords=sony+xperia+xz1+compact lol

    From that page: (ok, apparently Sony DOES advertise the VoLTE thing. Of course I wouldn’t know b/c none of the phones I want have this sweet piece of info lol):

    Premium smartphone, compact design
    Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, Android 8.0 Oreo platform & T-Mobile WiFi calling and VoLTE. 4.6” HD Triluminous display encased in a rigid full-metal compact design without any partition lines.

    And the U.S. Sony Mobile XZ1 Compact Specs page itself:


    T-Mobile WiFi calling and Voice over LTE enabled

    Man you have no idea how lucky you are. lol Pick a color, sell that X X Compact (unless you don’t want to), and enjoy the very best.

    P.S. F U Sony Mobile. lol

  • SonyXZP_user

    STOP NOTCHing! Make the Xperia unique by improving the Ambient Design. How? It is up to you, Sony.

  • Richard Brutski

    I love my X compact. Never had call problems (I rarely ever call anyway). I’d flash euro firmware on it anyway, much rather have a FPS. I’ll get an XZ1 eventually though, unless Sony fires the autistic monkeys who came up with the XZ2 series, and make a good phone.

  • RockStar2005

    Ok cool. At least you know you have that option now w/o reservations.

  • laci_csk


  • hansip

    Oh man, notch is just overhyped. Yes it is beautiful, but it distracts the real screen experience. do it like XA2 and we’re all happy.

  • Jerry Berglund

    Sony seems to be not interested to be different anymore, so they would probably follow. But for me its a real big no.

  • Objectif


  • Husam

    When they implemented the ugly, not-so-bezelless design, they downgraded the front camera from 13 mb to 5!
    imagine what would happen with a smaller, uglier notch! VGA camera???

    no thank you!

  • Rene Boncales
  • theskig


  • Ziggy

    No no no, never ever I would buy a phone that has that ugly notch. Then again I will never buy a phone that doesn’t have a headphone jack.

    Ambient Flow in it’s current form needs to be killed with fire and quickly.

  • AllanKafka

    Please, no!
    And for other manufacturers, the notch is almost always a silly idea, because it makes sense *only* if there is no bottom bezel. Otherwise it’s just the stupidest of stupid design ideas.

  • krishna


  • Todd

    If Sony does such a thing I’ll buy no shit from it anymore

  • Nomak

    No way

  • Ryuzaki Raiga

    sony jumping with others bandwagon company is similar to how WB did to JL and it failed

  • Midnight

    Hell, no

  • lapinmiguel

    NEVER !!!
    Please Sony

  • disqus_rEzXAvmQyG

    No no no!!!!

  • Kayla!

    Imagine your favorite food with a piece of s**t on it’s top.
    NO! NEVER!

  • Kayla!

    Round-cut display corners are the same case.
    Just like a tv in 1960’s.

  • DStyle

    Notch looks nice but nah. . . Future Xperia phones will definitely keep the bezels(hopefully thinner than XZ2). So, just do what Sony does best rather than jumping on the notch bandwagon.

    What I do prefer is a sliding keyboard. Although, its old fashion and if Premium Xperia is using OLED, then, maybe . . . will see.

  • Iki

    Camera behind the screen would lower it’s quality.

  • Domus

    I think that “notch” it’s the most stupid design proposed by apple.
    This is my opinion, but really…no sense.

    Degustibus…but really a punch in eye for me.

    I hope Sony don’t follow Apple and other companies that believe on this design.

  • Abrar Zahin Shahriar

    Top of the screen is eaten up by time and date anyways, why not?

  • Aiden Pearce

    Sony followed headphone iSheep trend, why not iNotch trend. Anyways Sony already on derailing of its smartphone business. Let iNotch make it quicker.

  • Davud

    No way.

  • Thomas Metall Kammler

    Hell NO!

  • Diastianto Giga

    no, useless feature. i want xperia xz design with 18:9 aspect ratio with powerfull high quality stereo speaker, signature xperia power button, signature fingerprint scanner design

  • Naim Izzuddin

    No,design your own phone instead of copying iPhone like many Chinese manufacturers

  • Sachin Gautam

    Nope not at all, that notch looks very very ugly can’t believe its going on as a trend

  • Sony IsThe Best

    No need ugly fruit notch, it’s now every where, china copy.

  • washinma2424

    Is that confirmed that Sony is selling the XZ2 through Verizon only?

  • washinma2424

    ^ I agree with you 100% bro I have been screaming that since T-Mobile dropped the Z3. I don’t know what the fuc they are thinking.

  • RockStar2005

    You mean the XZ2 Compact? Yes. The XZ2, no.

    I mean, you can of course buy the unlocked “int’l” version too. But as far as U.S. models go, there will be no carrier versions of this phone available EXCEPT through Verizon, making it a “Verizon Exclusive”. aka F U Sony Mobile! lol

    If they keep doing this sh*t, they will NEVER be anything more here than what they are now, which is essentially (and unfortunately) unknown to most people.

  • RockStar2005

    Yeah. I mean, the thing with the Z3 was, it just wasn’t selling here in the U.S. But WHY it wasn’t selling is the question to ask. Was it a bad phone? NO. It was a FANTASTIC phone. It wasn’t selling b/c Sony Mobile put $0 into advertising it here in the U.S. They sold it through T-Mobile, and of course there was the Verizon version as well (Z3v). But if Apple and Samsung are also selling through AT&T and Sprint, then SO SHOULD YOU! And w/o advertisement, even if you’re a household name (Sony), MOST ppl aren’t familiar with your Xperia phone line, so you DO need to advertise. I’ve noticed that ppl tend to be much more open to buying things they’re familiar with. If they haven’t heard of Sony Xperia, or they DON’T see it in their carrier store or on their website, in most cases they will not buy it, plain and simple.

    I’m a huge Sony Xperia fan, but w/o VoLTE, Sony Mobile will never again have my business.

  • comme des garcons

    I don’t like it, but it’s way much better than ambient flow. XZ2 and XZ2C look just ugly

  • DigitalBenny


  • Prakhar Adwani

    Notch? No never ever or else im gonna look for other brand ….. We want a unique design i.e a full screen at the front and a glossy look at the back ….. We dont want copy of other brands……. We seriously want a new unique design…..and some exteremely great design from sony!!!! Hope sony would listen the voices of all the peoples!!!! New technology needed!!

  • washinma2424

    Yes sorry I mean the XZ2 compact. :) Fuc I ain’t going back I roll with T-mobile. LOL

  • RockStar2005

    No prob.

    Haha my man! Yeah F&CK Verizon! I had them for 7 years, and all that happened was my bills went up and my benefits went down. At this point T-Mobile is so rapidly developing its network the gap b/t them and Verizon is constantly narrowing. In some cases, they are better than Verizon too.

    #FBigRed! lol

  • Just remove the useless front camera completely.

  • Federico Rogers Nelson Ciccone
  • Nash

    I prefer aging ir blaster than this hideous notch..

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