For over a year, the notches and other holes in the screen have become widespread on our smartphones. Many of you complain about it, and find these elements unattractive.
When you are asked about the generalization of notches on smartphone, facing the arrival of some devices with a slide design, your opinion is very marked: you were only 23% to prefer the notch. Still, manufacturers continue to unveil devices with notches, or with a pierced screen, the latest evolution as of this design.
Samsung has shown this week by introducing the Galaxy S10, incorporating a hole in the screen, and the Galaxy Fold whose internal screen has a notch on the side. Yet, these design elements are far from benefits, and in their communication, brands show how much they are ashamed.
Hide this notch that I can not see
Although it has started after Essential, the brand that has propelled fashionable notch is undoubtedly Apple. The firm introduced its iPhone X in 2017, and a string of clones more or less successful followed. In 2018, Apple did not change its design, but decided to hide the notch with a way not very honest, a clever wallpaper by default.
A presentation of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max
On most visuals of the iPhone XS released by Apple, the notch is hidden by the dark part of the wallpaper. We find this technique at other brands, such as Samsung.
With the Galaxy S10, which incorporates a screen pierced at the top right, Samsung offers only fund-screens optimized to hide what the brand calls "the bubble". The pierced screen does not seem to be such a big innovation in terms of design, if it is absolutely necessary to hide it by subterfuges.
Small note: all Galaxy S10 wallpapers were designed to hide the bubble pic.twitter.com/HdzcPIERdq
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This is also what Honor, or her partner Moschino seems to think. Since all the visuals of the View 20 created in partnership with this fashion brand use a black screen, which completely hides the hole in the screen. However, this example must be tempered, since on the visuals of the View 20 used by the press or shops, Honor has chosen to highlight the hole in the screen. The wallpaper has indeed a luminous halo that starts from the punch, thus bringing it to light.
We can also note the special case of HMD Global, which is well illustrated with the Nokia 8.1 The smartphone has a wide notch, but is well masked logically through a darkened notification bar. The manufacturer does not offer in the settings to disable this subterfuge, so the notch becomes very little visible to the use of the smartphone.
The notch of the Nokia 8.1 is almost imperceptible.
A constraint more than a choice
These signs show one thing, the presence of a notch or the use of a pierced screen is primarily a constraint for a manufacturer. In spite of all that the communication of a mark will be able to say on the subject. The day the technologies to completely hide the cameras behind the screen will be developed, these design elements will disappear as quickly as they arrived.
We might prefer to see the brands wait until the arrival of these technologies, but it is clear that the use of a large screen with the fewest possible borders seems to be a selling point stronger than the absence of notch. Brands therefore favor the enlargement of the screen, and do what they can to hide the notches and bubbles, meanwhile. Exceptions are rather rare.
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