- Two notable smartphones introduced the "notch" in 2017: the Essential Phone, and Apple’s iPhone X.
- In 2018, the notch became mainstream, appearing on dozens of new flagship phones from that year.
- Now, it’s 2019, and a handful of intrepid smartphone makers are trying to kill the notch once and for all.
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Smartphone "notches" gained momentum in 2017, and in 2018, they finally went mainstream.
In 2019, though, intrepid smartphone makers are out to kill the notch before Apple inevitably does.
The smartphone "notch," of course, is a little cut-out that allows for a selfie camera to exist within an edge-to-edge phone display. Phone makers have found workarounds for physical buttons through the use of gestures, but people still really need the selfie camera, as much as they want an all-screen phone.
The solution — in the eyes of many smartphone makers, including Apple and Samsung — is to create a phone with an edge-to-edge display, but to remove part of the display to make room for a selfie camera.
But not every smartphone maker is on board with the "notch" or cut-out solution. Instead, many of these companies are creating new and clever ways for all-screen phones to co-exist with selfie cameras.
Take a look.
For years, smartphones featured traditional rectangular displays.
Then, in 2017, we were introduced to the "notch."
It happened first with Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone, an Android phone that featured a small cut-out for the selfie camera.
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