It seemed that in 2017 the trend was removing the headphone jack in favor of Bluetooth audio or through a USB Type-C dongle. Now, in 2018, it is all about the notch – a small cutout that OEM’s are opting to use on their devices that have edge-to-edge displays to house the front-facing camera and other sensors.
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We’ve already seen the iPhone X, Huawei, and Xiaomi embrace the notch design to push the display to the very top of the device. The LG G7 and OnePlus 6 will soon join those, but OnePlus has taken to its forums to advise that users can hide it if they wish.
OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei looked to proactively address the complaints about the OnePlus 6 featuring a notch even before the device is released. Pei says the OnePlus 6 will include a feature that first was seen in the Huawei P20. Users can “hide” the notch with software, which will wrap it in a black linear line.
This gives the display a feeling that there is no notch at all by simply surrounding it in the same color as the bezel. You lose a small amount of display real-estate but allows the device to adopt a more traditional look.
While OnePlus say it is taking care of ensuring the notch doesn’t impede on the media experience, you always have the option to just ‘turn it off’.