Now that notches have taken a permanent seat at the top of most smartphone displays, various smartphone makers are trying to reduce the notch’s footprint to make it more pleasing to eyes. This race to reduce the size of the notch has given birth to a new notch style which is popularly known as a teardrop notch. Also known as the dewdrop or waterdrop notch, the teardrop notch is just big enough to house the front-facing camera. The notch is shaped in a way that it looks a lot like a teardrop and hence the name. The smartphones which sport the teardrop notch actually do look beautiful and if you are in the market for one, we have got just the article for you. Here are the 8 best smartphones with teardrop, dewdrop, or waterdrop notch that you can buy:
Best Smartphones with Teardrop, Dewdrop, or Waterdrop Notch
Best Budget Smartphones with Teardrop Notch
1. Realme 2 Pro
The Realme 2 Pro is currently the most affordable device with a teardrop notch that you can buy. Starting at Rs. 13,999, it is a great choice for someone who is looking for a budget device. Talking about the specs, the Realme 2 Pro is powered by the Snapdragon 660 processor while the Adreno 512 takes care of all the GPU related needs. The smartphone also sports a 6.3-inch FullHD+ (1080×2340 pixels) display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a pixel density of 409 PPI. There are no bezels on the top and the sides while there’s a tiny chin at the bottom.
The smartphone also packs in some really good cameras. There’s a 16 MP + 2 MP dual-camera sensor at the back while there’s a single 16 MP camera at the front. Both these cameras do a decent job of capturing pictures and users of this phone won’t be disappointed with the phone’s camera performance. Overall, the Realme 2 Pro is a great device for its price and if you want a smartphone featuring teardrop notch at a budget, this is the option you should go with.
Buy From Flipkart: ₹13,999
Best Mid Range Smartphones with Teardrop Notch
1. Vivo V11 Pro
The Vivo V11 Pro is one of the first phones to bring teardrop style notch in India. The smartphone brings a 6.41-inch Super AMOLED display which looks absolutely beautiful with its small teardrop notch at the top. When it comes to power, the Vivo V11 Pro is powered by the Snapdragon 660 processor paired with Adreno 512 GPU. There’s also 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage in the base model. One unique thing about this smartphone is that it brings an under-display fingerprint sensor which is quite an innovative technology.
The Vivo V11 Pro also excels in the camera department. There’s a 12 MP + 5 MP dual-camera sensor at the back while a whopping 25 MP camera at the front is taking care of all your selfie-related needs. The cameras can capture stunning photos in good lighting conditions. The images are sharp with good color reproduction and dynamic range. The performance does falter a little bit as the ambient light decreases, however, even the low-light photos are not unusable by any means. Overall, I quite like this smartphone and recommend this to anyone looking for a good mid-range phone with teardrop notch.
Buy From Amazon: ₹25,990
2. Oppo F9 Pro
Oppo F9 Pro is very similar to the Vivo V11 Pro both in design and camera performance. Firstly, the Oppo F9 Pro brings a similar 6.3-inch full HD display with a teardrop notch at the top. The display looks beautiful with bright colors and deep blacks. It also packs a 16 MP + 2 MP dual-camera sensor at the back along with a 25 MP camera at the front. The base model Oppo F9 Pro comes with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage.
Where the Oppo F9 Pro differs from the Vivo V11 Pro is in the specs department. The F9 Pro is being powered by the MediaTek Helio P60 octa-core 2.0 GHz processor which has a similar performance as the Snapdragon 660. The phone also doesn’t have an under-display fingerprint sensor and uses a traditional fingerprint sensor at the back. Depending on your preference, you might prefer the latter over the former, in which case, this is the device for you. Overall, the Oppo F9 Pro is a good mid-range device which has a beautiful teardrop notch display.
Buy From Flipkart: ₹23,990
Smartphones with Teardrop Notch That Are Coming Soon
1. OnePlus 6T
The OnePlus 6T is just around the corner, and it will most probably be one of the best, if not the best smartphone with a teardrop notch that you will be able to buy very soon. According to the leaks, the new OnePlus 6T sports a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2340×1080 pixels and an impressive 91.5% screen ratio. This has been made possible by the use of a teardrop notch at the top which seems to dissolve in that big and beautiful display.
As it’s customary, the phone will be powered by the latest and greatest Snapdragon 845 processor which is paired with an Adreno 630 GPU, 6 or 8 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of internal storage. There’s also supposed to be a triple camera sensor at the back consisting of a 20MP, a 12MP and a ‘TOF 3D sensor’, and a 25 MP sensor at the front. There’s no doubt that OnePlus 6T will be a fast phone and if you want extra horsepower to go along with that teardrop or waterdrop notch, you should probably wait for this one.
Coming Soon (Pre-book on Amazon)
2. Vivo X23
The Vivo X23 was launched in September 2018 and is supposed to release soon in India. The phone brings a 6.41-inch display which has a resolution of 1080*2340 pixels and a waterdrop notch at the top. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm SDM670 Snapdragon processor while the Adreno 615 will handle all your gaming needs. There’s also a 12 MP + 13 MP camera at the back along with a 12 MP camera at the front. We still don’t have any release date for the smartphone as of yet, however, it is supposed to release in India in the coming months.
Smartphones With Teardrop Notch Not Available in India
Apart from the phones mentioned above, there are a number of new phones with teardrop notch which might not be coming to India. However, you can import them if you like them more than the ones that are available in India.
1. Honor 8X Max
While Honor released the Honor 8X which has a normal notch, in India, it kept its bigger sibling, the Honor 8X Max, with a teardrop notch, exclusive to China. That’s a bad news for Indian consumers as we would have loved to get our hands on the Honor 8X Max. The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 636 processor paired with the Adreno 509 GPU. There’s also 4/6 GB or RAM and 64/128 GB of internal storage options. When it comes to optics, there’s a dual 16 MP + 2 MP camera at the back with an 8 MP single camera at the front. Since we haven’t gotten our hands on this device, we can’t tell you much about its performance, however, if its smaller sibling is any indication, the Honor 8X Max is likely a really good smartphone.
Buy from Banggood (Rs. 23,994)
2. Nubia Z18
The Nubia Z18 is a flagship phone from Nubia which is powered by the Snapdragon 845 processor. There’s also the top of the line Adreno 630 GPU handling all the GPU related needs. The front of the smartphone sports a big 5.99-inch full HD+ display which has a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. The display has a tiny waterdrop notch at the top which houses the front-facing camera. Where the Nubia Z18 really excels is in the camera department. The smartphone brings a dual 24 MP + 16 MP camera at the back along with an 8 MP camera at the front. There’s also a 3450 mAh battery which should last you a whole day. The Nubia Z18 certainly brings flagship-level specs and is good for anyone who is looking for a powerful smartphone with a teardrop notch.
Buy from Banggood (Rs. 39,741)
3. Huawei Mate 20
Huawei just announced its latest and greatest smartphone of 2018, the Huawei Mate 20, and apart from bringing a premium build quality, exceptional cameras, and powerful internals, the phone also features a teardrop notch. Talking about the display, the Mate 20 packs a 6.53-inch LCD panel with a resolution of 2244 x 1080 pixels. There’s the new Kirin 980 processor based on the 7nm architecture. There’s also either 4 or 6GB of RAM, paired with 128 GB of internal storage.
One of the USPs of the Mate 20 is its triple camera sensor at the back. The triple camera sensor includes a 12 MP wide angle sensor, a 16 MP ultra wide angle sensor, and an 8 MP 2X telephoto lens. There’s also a big 4000 mAh battery which should easily power the device for a whole day.
Price: ~ ₹70,000
Best Smartphones with Teardrop, Waterdrop, or Dewdrop Notch
That ends our list of the best smartphones with teardrop, waterdrop, or dewdrop notch that you can buy right now. As you can see, there are a number of options you can choose from. My favorite smartphone with the teardrop notch is the OnePlus 6T which is supposed to release pretty soon. However, depending on your budget, you might prefer one over the other. Do let us know which is your favorite phone with waterdrop notch in the comments section below.