Manufacturers are also ashamed of notches and holes in smartphones screen

Manufacturers are also ashamed of notches and holes in smartphones screen

For more than a year, notches and other holes in the screen have been widespread on our smartphones. Many of you complain about it and find these elements unattractive.

When you are asked about the widespread use of notches on smartphones when faced with the arrival of a few devices offering a zippered design, your opinion is unequivocal: only 23% of you preferred the notch. Manufacturers continue to reveal devices with notches, or with a pierced screen, the latest evolution in this design.

Samsung distinguished itself this week by introducing the Galaxy S10, with a hole in the screen, and the Galaxy Fold, with a notch in the inner screen on the side. However, these design elements are far from being advantages, and in their communication, brands show how ashamed they are of them.

Hide this notch that I can’t see

Although it launched after Essential, the brand that propelled the notch into fashion is undoubtedly Apple. The company introduced its iPhone X in 2017, and a string of more or less successful clones followed. In 2018, Apple did not change its design but decided to hide the notch with a not very honest way, an original wallpaper by default.

On most of the iPhone XS visuals published by Apple, they hid the notch by the dark part of the wallpaper. We can find this technique in other brands, such as Samsung. With the Galaxy S10, which features a drilled screen at the top right, Samsung only offers optimized wallpapers to hide what the brand calls “the bubble.” The pierced screen does not seem to be such great innovation in terms of design if it entirely must be hidden by subterfuge.

We can also note the particular case of HMD Global, which is well illustrated with the Nokia 8.1 The smartphone has a large notch, but which is well hidden by software thanks to a darkened notification bar. The manufacturer does not propose in the settings to disable this subterfuge, so the notch becomes very invisible when using the smartphone.

A constraint more than a choice

These signs show one thing, the presence of a notch or the use of a drilled screen is above all a constraint for a manufacturer. Despite everything that a brand’s communication can say on the subject. The day the technologies to completely hide the cameras behind the screen are perfected, these design elements will disappear as quickly as they arrived.

We might prefer to see brands wait until these technologies arrive, but we have to say that the use of a large screen with as few borders as possible seems to be a stronger selling point than the absence of a notch. The brands, therefore, prefer to enlarge the screen and do what they can to hide the notches and bubbles, in the meantime. Exceptions are rather rare.

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