When iPhone X was launched last year, people raised an uproar about the huge notch that the phone was sporting. Plenty of memes and jokes went around the internet mocking Apple’s design choice. However, fast forward one year and despite having an unimaginable price tag and a huge notch at the top, the iPhone X proved to be a big success for the company. So much so that a majority of Android manufacturers have introduced notches in their flagship as well as budget and midrange devices. In fact, the notch has become a marquee feature of a new device. So, if you also want to get into the notch game and purchase a device which sports it, here are the 15 best smartphones with notches that you can buy right now:
Best Smartphones With Notch(Sections):
- Best Budget Smartphones with Notch
- Best Midrange Smartphones with Notch
- Best Budget Flagship Smartphones with Notch
- Best Flagship Smartphones with Notch
Best Budget Smartphones With Notch
1. Realme 2
Building upon the success of Realme 1, the company took no time in launching its successor, the Realme 2, and it is the cheapest smartphone with a notch that you can buy. Starting well below INR 10000, Realme 2 brings a lot of features which a smartphone enthusiast will like. The smartphone is being powered by a Snapdragon 450 processor and comes in two variants. You can either get the 3 GB / 32 GB version or the 4 GB / 64 GB version which is priced INR 2000 more than the former.
It also packs a dual-camera sensor at the back with a 13 MP primary shooter and 2 MP secondary shooter. The front camera which boasts of an 8 MP sensor also brings HDR capabilities. I also love the huge 4230 mAh battery which should easily last you the whole day. However, the USP of the device is sitting at the front on top of the big 6.2-inch IPS LCD display. The display itself is quite good despite bringing a somewhat lower resolution. At its top lies a small notch which hosts the front-facing camera, microphone, and other sensors. If you just have to have a notch then this is the cheapest smartphone that will let you do that.
Buy From Flipkart: Starting at ₹8,990
2. Redmi 6 Pro
Redmi 6 Pro is the latest budget device from Xiaomi which brings everything that Xiaomi phones are known for and adds a notch at the top. That means, with Redmi 6 Pro, not only you are getting a fairly capable smartphone which is also built to perfection, but you are also getting the beloved notch at the top. When it comes to specs, the smartphone is being powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor while the Adreno 506 GPU is taking care of all the GPU needs. The phone also sports fairly capable cameras with a dual 12 MP + 5 MP camera sensor at the back and a 5 MP sensor at the front.
Coming to the front of the device, the device packs a beautiful 5.84-inch IPS LCD display which has a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels. It sports the modern 19:9 aspect ratio and a notch at the top. The notch here is not as big as the one on the iPhone X so you are not losing that much screen real estate here. Realme 1 might be the cheapest smartphone with a notch but Redmi 6 pro is the best cheap phone with a notch that you can get.
Buy From From Amazon: Starting at ₹10,999
3. Honor 9N
Another great budget device with a notch that you can buy is the new Honor 9N which brings a beautiful display, a powerful processor, and great cameras at quite an affordable price tag. Honor 9N without a doubt is the best-looking smartphone in the budget category as it brings a beautiful glass sandwich design which is mostly seen on high-end smartphones. The smartphone also feels solid in hand and is very well build. At the front, the smartphone is bringing a 5.84-inch IPS LCD panel which has a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels, giving it a respectable pixel density of ~432 PPI. The display is absolutely gorgeous and the small notch at the top compliments it very well.
The device is being powered by HiSilicon Kirin 659 processor while the GPU related tasks are being handled by the Mali-T830 MP2. There’s also 3 GB of RAM along with 32 GB of internal storage at the base model. Overall, Honor 9N is bringing quite a good value for its money. While the smartphone did have a performance problem at the launch, Honor quickly fixed it with software updates. If you want a great build quality and performance to go along with the notch, this is the right phone to get.
Buy From Flipkart: Starting at ₹11,990
Best Midrange Smartphones With Notch
1. Poco F1
If you have never heard of Poco F1 before, you must be leaving under a rock for a few months as this phone has just upended the smartphone segment by bringing flagship level specs in a smartphone that is priced as a low-end midrange device. First of all, the smartphone is being powered by the Snapdragon 845 processor and Adreno 630 GPU. That specialist makes this smartphone a beast. It is able to scream through everything you can throw at it. Even the most demanding mobile games are no challenge for this phone. On the camera front, the phone is bringing a great dual 12MP + 5MP setup at the back while a 20 MP front camera is handling all your selfie needs. While the cameras cannot be compared to the likes of Pixel 2, they are very good for the asking price.
When it comes to the display, the smartphone is sporting a 6.18 inch IPS LCD screen which has a resolution of 1080 x 2246 pixels with a huge notch at the top. While the notch is on the bigger size, it’s for a reason. The Poco F1 brings IR sensor to help make the face unlocking not only more secure but also allow it to work in dark. Overall, there’s not one person on this planet that can deny the amazing value that this smartphone brings, and while Xiaomi has cut some corners, you are not going to be disappointed with this phone.
Buy From Flipkart: Starting at ₹20,999
2. Honor Play
Another smartphone that is bringing flagship level specs down to budget price category is the Honor Play which is being powered by the Huawei Kirin 970 processor which is equivalent to the Snapdragon 845 when it comes to performance. The phone is also bringing Mali-G72 MP12 GPU along with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. With the phone costing below INR 20000, this is way more than what you can expect. Honor has marketed this phone as a gaming phone and having played most of the AAA titles on this phone including PUBG, I am not surprised why.
Talking about the display, the Honor Play is packing a 6.3-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, giving it a respectable pixel density of about 409 PPI. It is one of the best display in this price range and I quite like it. And yes there’s a small notch at the top which is better looking than the one on Poco F1 in my opinion. The smartphone also brings good camera capabilities, with a dual 16 MP + 2 MP sensor at the back and a 16 MP sensor at the front. While most of the world has been enamored by the Poco F1, I prefer the Honor Play as it brings a better design and builds quality while matching the Poco F1 in performance.
Buy From Amazon: ₹19,999
3. Nokia 6.1 Plus
If you are not ready to pay the near 20,000 rupees for the above two phones and want something which is a little cheaper, take a look at Nokia 6.1 plus. The phone is being powered by the Snapdragon 636 processor which is being paired with Adreno 509 GPU. While it can’t beat the Poco F1 or Honor Play in performance, it is no slouch either with only the most demanding games putting a break in its run. I also love that the Nokia 6.1 Plus is running on stock Android which means no bloatware and a faster update cycle.
When it comes to the display, sports a big 5.8-inch fullHD+ display which has a resolution of 2280×1080 pixels. That gives it a pixel density of 432 PPI. The display looks gorgeous and I also love the small notch at the top. The notch makes the phone look like a 2018 flagship but is also not so big as to hamper with its pristine look. Finally, I also love the dual 16 MP f/2.0 + 5 MP f/2.4 camera at the back and the 16MP f/2.0 at the front, both of which can take quite good photos. They are not the best in business, but they get the job done. If you love stock Android as much as you love notches, go get this smartphone.
Buy From Flipkart: ₹15,999
4. Huawei Nova 3i
If you love smartphone photography and want a good looking notched smartphone which doesn’t break the bank, check out Huawei Nova 3i. The Nova 3i is bringing a lot of goodies to the table and I think you all are going to love this smartphone. For starters, the Huawei Nova 3i is being powered by Huawei’s latest Hisilicon Kirin 710 processor which sits right in the middle of higher-end Kirin 970 and mid-range Kirin 659 processor. What that means is that you are getting a capable processor which can handle everything that you need a smartphone to handle. I also love that the Kirin 710 is being paired Mali-G51 MP4 GPU, 4GB/GB of RAM, and 64GB/128GB of internal storage.
Coming to the front, the smartphone is packing a 6.3-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, giving it a pixel density of ~409 PPI. The display gets plenty bright and has good colors reproduction and as you might have guessed it, it has a small notch at the top. All that said, the USP of the device is its cameras. The smartphone brings a 16 MP (f/2.2) + 2 MP camera at the back along with a 24 MP + 2 MP dual-camera sensor at the front. As you can see, both the primary and secondary cameras pack a dual sensor allowing you to take great photos. If your love of notch intersects with your love of cameras, you need to buy this phone.
Buy From Amazon: ₹20,990
5. Vivo V11 Pro
Vivo V11 Pro is a smartphone which brings possibly the most beautiful notch I have ever seen any smartphone. The notch has a tear-drop style which takes minimal real estate while still allowing you to have that 2018 flagship look. The smartphone packs in an impressive 6.41-inch Super AMOLED display, which looks absolutely beautiful with deep blacks and good color reproduction. The display has a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, giving it a pixel density of 402 PPI, meaning it’s plenty sharp too. When it comes to power, the smartphone is being powered by a Snapdragon 660 processor which is being paired with Adreno 512 GPU. There’s also 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage at the base model.
Where the smartphone seems to be lacking in power, it makes up with its cameras and advanced technologies. First of all, the V11 Pro comes with an under display fingerprint sensor which really seems magical at this point in time. The smartphone is also packing a 25 MP camera at the front allowing you to take some amazing and detailed selfies. Even the primary camera takes decent photos with its dual 12 MP + 5 MP sensor. Overall, I quite like this phone and recommend this to anyone who is looking for a different notched smartphone.
Buy From Amazon: ₹25,990
6. Oppo F9 Pro
OPPO F9 Pro is very similar to Vivo V11 Pro in specs and design and is a very good alternative to the latter if you don’t like it for some reason. For starters, the smartphone brings the same teardrop designed notch that we see on the V11 Pro. It also brings 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage which is quite nice. There’s also the same 25 MP sensor at the front. That being said, it does upgrade the primary camera to a dual 16 MP + 2 MP sensor which is a good news for Oppo lovers.
When it comes to power, the smartphone is being powered by the MediaTek Helio P60 octa-core 2.0 GHz processor which is basically a mid-range processor similar to the Snapdragon 660 found on the V11 Pro. When it comes to the display, the phone sports a 6.3 inch IPS LCD panel which has a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. It is plenty sharp and gets sufficiently bright. Overall, I quite like this phone and if you are looking for a unique notch design, do check this one out.
Buy From Flipkart: ₹23,990
Best Budget Flagship Smartphones with Notch
1. Asus ZenFone 5Z
Before the Poco F1 became the new sensation in the smartphone market, Asus ZenFone 5Z had taken the crown of the best value for money smartphone on the market. The Zenfone 5Z packs in Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Snapdragon 845 processor and Adreno 630 GPU which it couples nicely with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. The smartphone also sports a 6.2-inch FHD+ Super IPS+ display which has the modern 19:9 aspect ratio along with a notch at the top.
When it comes to the cameras, the ZenFone 5Z sports a 12MP+8MP dual camera setup with OIS and EIS on the back, along with an 8MP selfie camera up front. The cameras are quite good and take really good pictures. Finally, there’s a respectable 3,300 mAh battery which is being supported with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology for fast charging. Overall, the smartphone is quite good and you should certainly look at it when considering your next notched smartphone.
Buy from Flipkart: Starting at ₹29,999
2. OnePlus 6
While many brands are trying to become your next budget flagship device, there’s no denying the fact that it was OnePlus which practically invented the budget flagship segment of the smartphone market. Like it’s predecessors, the OnePlus 6 is a powerful smartphone which brings excellent specs, fluid UI, and great cameras. While the Poco F1 might be winning the price game, OnePlus 6 is still the true flagship killer when you take into the small details that go into making a good smartphone. Starting with the processing power, the OnePlus 6 brings the top of the line Snapdragon 845 processor, Adreno 630 GPU which it pairs well with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage.
I also love its 6.28-inch Optic AMOLED display which like every other 2018 flagship stretches from edge to edge. There’s a small chin at the bottom and a notch at the top, but they do not take away from the bezel-less feel that this smartphone brings. OnePlus 6 also pack amazing cameras. The dual 16MP (f/1.7) + 20MP (f/1.7) camera set up at the back is capable of taking amazing photos with great details and dynamic range. Even the 16MP (f/2.0) front camera is fairly capable and can take beautiful selfies. I also love the smartphone’s user interface as it’s very light and just bring enough features that make it a joy while using it. Overall, I still prefer the OnePlus 6 over all the other budget-flagship device and you should certainly give it a chance when buying your next notched smartphone.
Buy From Amazon: Starting at ₹34,999
3. LG G7+ ThinQ
Since last few years, LG has not been having any success in the smartphone market, it has led the company to price its 2018 flagship device far lower than the norm. While being placed in the budget flagship device section due to its price, the LG G7+ ThinQ is a true flagship device bringing all the features that you attach with the flagship moniker. For starters, the LG G7+ ThingQ not only brings the top of the line Snapdragon 845 processor and the Adreno 630 GPU but it also brings 6 GB of RAM and whopping 128 GB of storage at the base model. The smartphone is also rated IP68 water and dust resistant, a feature you won’t find in any device in this price segment.
It’s also packing a beautiful 6.1-inch Quad HD+ display which is being protected by Gorilla Glass 5, another feature you won’t find in sub 40000 device segment. LG G7+ ThinQ also brings one of the best cameras in the business. It’s a combination of dual 16 MP (f/1.6) + 16 MP (f/1.9) at the back and an 8 MP (f/1.9) sensor at the front is really good. The smartphone takes some amazing photos and other devices in its price range can’t even hold a candle to its performance. Overall, if you are looking for a true flagship device at the most affordable price point, this is the device you should get.
Buy From Flipkart: ₹39,990
4. Huawei Nova 3
Huawei Nova 3 is a budget flagship devices which aims to provide the perfect camera experience to its users. Starting with the specifications first, the Huawei Nova 3 is being powered by Hisilicone Kirin 970 processor which goes head to head with the Snapdragon 845 when it comes to performance. There’s also 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage which is more than enough. When it comes to the display, the Nova 3 is packing a 6.3-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. Like all the other similarly priced device on this list, the display is almost bezel-less with a small notch at the top.
I also love the design and build quality of this device especially the back which has a shimmery dual-tone finish that changes colors depending on the angle at which you look at the device. All that is good but as I said at the start, the USP of this device is its cameras. The smartphone brings dual-camera sensor both at the back and at the front, something which is not found on most of the other phones. The primary camera features 16 MP (f/1.8) regular sensor along with a 24 MP (f/1.8) monochrome sensor while the secondary camera brings a 24 MP + 2 MP sensor. Both these sensors can take amazing photos. If you love smartphone photography, you will certainly find this device very enticing.
Buy From Amazon: ₹34,999
Best Flagship Devices With Notch
1. iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR
Apple just released three new iPhones (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR) and they all come with Apple’s Face ID technology which is by far the best and most secured face unlocking mechanism in any smartphone, period. While most of the Android manufacturers are just making use of the front-facing camera, the iPhone XS is using a combination of multiple sensors inducing a dot projector, an infrared sensor, a flood illuminator, and more to bring the most secure facial recognition system on any smartphone.
Apart from the FaceID the new iPhones also bring a ton of other enhancements including the new A 12 bionic chip which is built on the new 7 nm architecture and brings 50% better GPU and 15% better CPU performance, improved dual 12 MP + 12 MP cameras at the back with a 7 MP camera at the front, bigger batteries, new colors and a huge price tag. In India, the iPhone XS and XS Max will be available on 24th September while the iPhone XR will be available sometime in October. If you want the most secure facial recognition system on a smartphone and can afford to pay for it, check these phones out.
Available to Buy on September 24
2. Huawei P20 Pro
Just like other Huawei smartphones on the list, the Huawei P20 Pro not only brings top-level specs but it also brings one of the best smartphone cameras in the business. I mean, the smartphone is the first truly mass market smartphone to pack in a triple-lens camera at the back. Event the single lens selfie shooter at the front is no slouch either. Talking about the camera specs, the device features a 40MP f/1.7 + 20MP f/1.8 + 8MP f/2.4 primary camera setup on the back and a 24MP f/2.0 selfie camera up front. Together these cameras take some amazing photos and there are very few smartphones out there which can beat its performance.
Talking about the other specs of the smartphone, the Huawei P20 Pro is being powered by the Hisilicon Kirin 970 processor which is paired with Mali-G72 MP12 GPU. There’s also 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. On the front, there’s a big and beautiful 6.1-inch AMOLED display which has a resolution of 1080×2240 pixels. Finally, there’s also a 4000 mAh battery which easily lasts the whole day no matter how hard you push this phone. Overall, if you want the best camera phone on the market which also happens to have a notch, the Huawei P20 Pro is the smartphone you are looking for.
Buy from Amazon: ₹64,999
Buying a Smartphone With Notch?
That ends our list of the best smartphones with notches that you can buy right now. There’s a huge price difference between the cheapest and costliest phones on this list so you are going to find one you here no matter what’s your budget. Do check this list out and tell us your favorite notched smartphone amongst them all by writing in the comments section below.