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.

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