In two different polls that we conducted over Twitter, we saw that people are beginning to accept the notch. In our polls more than 39% of the respondent said that they were ready to buy the phones with notches. Whether you agree with this sentiment or not, 2018 is probably going to go down in the smartphone history as the year of the notch. We have already seen a couple of Android manufacturers coming out with a notched smartphone, and many have confirmed that their next flagship will come with a notch. Since the notch is here to stay, we thought of bringing you the best notched smartphones that have already, or are going to, hit the market. So, here are 10 best smartphones with notch you can buy:
Best Smartphones with Notch You can Buy Today
1. iPhone X
We would like to start our list with the smartphone which basically brought the notch trend into existence. When Apple launched the redesigned iPhone X to celebrate the ten year anniversary of the iPhone, apart from other cool things, the smartphone also brought the notch. Despite being ridiculed by many, iPhone X sold like hot cakes even when it was priced at a whopping $999 for the entry-level model. If you can afford it, iPhone X is probably the best-notched phone you can buy today. I am saying that because iPhone X’s notch is the only one which has a purpose.
The iPhone X’s notch packs the advanced FaceID technology which allows users to unlock their device by just looking at it. While Android has been offering face unlocking for quite a few years now, the iPhone X’s technology is far superior and secure. Apart from the notch, considering you are buying the most premium iPhone ever, you are also getting a beautiful 5.8-inch super retina display, along with A11 Bionic chip which is the most powerful mobile processor you can get. You are also getting one of the best smartphone cameras with portrait mode capabilities in both front and back. That being said, specs really don’t matter at this price point and all you should know that you are going to get a premium product if you are ready to pay the price.
Buy From Amazon: ₹82,990
2. OnePlus 6
Over the last few years, OnePlus has mastered the formula of making great smartphones at prices that are hard to beat. Their latest offering, the OnePlus 6 builds on that momentum and is currently one of the best Android smartphones you can buy, period. As always, the OnePlus 6 is bringing top-notch hardware including the Snapdragon 845 process, Adreno 630 graphics card, 6/8GB RAM, and 64/128GB of internal storage. When you get past its jaw-dropping specs, you will find a beautiful device which sports a glass front and back which looks absolutely premium.
The front panel is a 6.28-inch full-HD+ Optic AMOLED display with a notch which is gorgeous. This year OnePlus has also improved its camera game. Despite seemingly packing the same dual 16MP (f/1.7, EIS & OIS) + 20MP (f/1.7) at the back and a 16 MP (f/2.0) processor at the front, the phone performs way better than its predecessors. It is one of the best smartphones in the market right now and if you are a notch lover, you should be thankful that OnePlus included the notch in its design.
Buy From Amazon: starts at ₹34,999
3. ZenFone 5Z
Asus recently launched its flagship ZenFone 5Z in India and well, it’s a great phone for the price. First of all, yes, it has the notch in tow and brings a beautiful glass and metal design with the iconic Zen-inspired concentric-circle patterning on the back. The front features a beautiful 6.2-inch FullHD+ Super IPS+ display with Gorilla Glass protection. Under the hood, the device comes with the latest and greatest Snapdragon 845 with up to 8GB of RAM, so performance should not be a problem for the device.
On the camera front, the ZenFone 5Z comes with a 12MP f/1.8 + 8MP f/2.0 dual camera setup with OIS, EIS and a ton of AI features. On the front, the device comes with an 8MP f/2.0 camera setup with EIS and the fancy portrait mode or depth mode. When it comes to the software, the ZenFone 5Z comes with Android 8.0 Oreo with ZenUI 5.0, which brinhgs a ton of features, including AI features like AI calls, AI ringtones, AI learning, AI cameras, AI charging, and more. To be honest, the ZenFone 5Z is one feature packed smartphone and a phone that competes with the OnePlus 6 very strongly.
Buy from Flipkart: starts at Rs. 29,999
4. Honor 10
Honor 10 is one of the best-notched smartphones you can buy right now. Not only the phone packs a premium build and design but it also brings the top of the line silicone from Huawei which makes this one hell of a powerful smartphone at a very reasonable price. The smartphone features a glass sandwich design which looks very premium and is also feels very good in the hand. On the front, the smartphone sports a 5.84-inch full-HD+ IPS LCD panel which looks absolutely gorgeous. When it comes to storage, the phone is offering 6GB of RAM along with 128 GB of internal storage which is just bonkers.
One of the best parts of Honor 10 is its cameras as the phone takes some incredible pictures. The primary camera at the back brings a 16 MP (f/1.8) + 24 MP (f/1.8) dual-camera sensor while there’s a 24 MP (f/2.0) camera at the front. Both the front and back cameras capture images with a lot of detail, good color accuracy, and nice dynamic range. All this is powered by the Huawei Kirin 970 chipset which is the best processor that the company currently makes. Lastly, the smartphone also brings a 3,400 mAh battery which will be enough to last you an entire day. If you are looking for a notched smartphone, this is one of the best you can get.
Buy From Amazon: ₹32,999
5. Huawei P20 Pro
Just a few weeks back, Huawei released its new flagship for the year 2018, the Huawei P20 Pro. When it comes to the raw specs, the device brings Huawei’s Hisilicon Kirin 970 Kirin 970 processor, Mali-G72 MP12 GPU, 6GB RAM, and 128GB internal storage. Basically, this phone is a screamer and it can handle anything and everything that you can throw at it. One of my favorite parts of the Huawei P20 Pro is its design. The phone comes in some stunning colors which are very eye-catchy and definitely make this one stand out from the crowd. However, neither its design nor its power is the USP of the device.
Apart from your love of the notch, if you are thinking of buying this smartphone, it has to be for its cameras. To give you an idea about the phone’s camera performance, the P20 Pro scored 109 on DxO Mark beating Pixel 2 with a whopping 11 points. Huawei P20 Pro is going to be the camera to beat this year. As far as on paper specs are concerned, the triple camera module consists of a 40MP, a 20MP, and an 8 MP camera. The secondary camera is also a 24MP shooter which will give you some great selfies. Overall, if you want a smartphone which arguably has the best cameras, the best design, top-notch performance, and a notch, this is the phone you should get.
Buy From Amazon: ₹64,999
6. Huawei P20 Lite
If you love the looks and design of the P20 Pro but can’t afford it, there is also a cheaper option for you in the market. The P20 Lite from Huawei is a budget smartphone which brings a similar design to the P20 Pro. It features the same glass sandwich design with an almost bezel-less 5.84-inch full-HD+ display at the front which sports a notch at the top. The phone is being powered by the Kirin 659 octa-core processor and brings 4GB of RAM along with 64GB of internal storage.
When it comes to the cameras, the back sports a dual 16MP+2MP with an F2.2 wide aperture along with a 24MP front-facing camera with an F2.0 aperture which can perform portrait mode effects. Lastly, there’s also a 3000 mAh battery which should last you for the whole day. This is certainly one of the best budget notched smartphone that you can buy right now.
Buy From Amazon: ₹19,999
7. Vivo V9
Vivo V9 is one of the first budget mid-range devices to embrace the notch. The smartphone brings an almost bezel-less 6.3” display with a resolution of 1080 x 2280 (~400 PPI). Although the display utilizes an IPS LCD panel, it is really good with very good blacks and calibrated color profile. When it comes to power, the smartphone is powered by Qualcomm MSM8953-Pro Snapdragon 626 processor and Adreno 506 GPU both of which are enough to handle the day-to-day task and can even tackle some of the most demanding games on the Play Store.
It also packs a very good camera system with the primary setup comprising of a dual camera sensor (16MP+5MP). The secondary camera packs a 24MP sensor which is more than enough for all your selfie needs. Both cameras come packed with features including and not limited to AI face beauty, time-lapse photography, live photo, bokeh mode, AR sticker, shot refocus, ultra HD, and professional mode. Lastly, the smartphone also brings dual-SIM capabilities, support for expandable memory, 64GB of internal storage and 4GB of RAM. The smartphone is bringing a lot of value for the price it is asking.
Buy From Amazon: ₹22,990
8. Oppo F7
Oppo F7 is a new notched smartphone from Oppo which is competing directly with Vivo V9. The smartphone brings a 6.23-inch FHD+ Display with a resolution of 2280 x 1080 pixels. The display is also protected as the F7 utilizes Corning Gorilla Glass 5. It’s being powered by MediaTek P60 Octa-Core 2.0 GHz processor and runs on the latest Android version, Android 8.1 Oreo. When it comes to cameras the Oppo F7 brings a 16MP primary camera with a 25 MP secondary shooter. It’s evident that just like Vivo V9, Oppo is focusing a lot on the selfie shooter.
Other specifications include 64GB internal storage with microSD card support for extendable memory, 4GB of RAM, and a 3400 mAh battery. As you can see from the specs, it’s quite clear that Oppo F7 is directly competing with Vivo V9. That said, although Oppo F7 is a bit cheaper than Vivo V9, it also has just a single primary camera setup and uses MediaTek against Snapdragon processor. So, If you are planning to buy any of the two, do keep these things in mind.
Buy From Flipkart: ₹21,990
Smartphones with Notch Coming Soon
1. Mi 8 SE
Xioami’s new flagship for India, the Mi 8 SE, is about to be released in India and it’s one of the best mid-range flagship devices that you can buy. When it comes to the design and build quality, I feel that Xiaomi has knocked it out of the park with the Mi 8 SE. The smartphone’s glass sandwich design featuring a glass display and a glass back, which are held together by an aluminum frame, is pretty solid and the phone feels really good in the hand. The phone sports a big 5.88-inch Super AMOLED display which has a resolution of 1080 x 2244 pixels. The display on this thing looks absolutely beautiful. There’s a ton of contrast and colors, text looks crisps, and pictures and videos just pop out. All that said, the probably the biggest USP of this device is its processor. The Mi 8 SE features the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset which is built on the company’s latest 10nm architecture.
It’s the first smartphone in the world to feature a new processor and that makes it really unique. The processor not only brings 10-15% performance boost over the older 600-series processors but it also has other features including on-device AI support, improvements to the camera, and power efficiency. Coming to the cameras, the smartphone packs a 12MP (f/1.9) + 5MP (f/2.0) primary camera set up along with a 20MP (f/2.0) front-facing shooter. You should check our full review if you want to know how they perform in real-world situations, but the gist is that they perform really well in good lighting conditions but fail to impress as the ambient light start decreasing. The phone is coming to India in a couple of weeks and when it does, it will be one of the best mid-range devices that one can buy.
2. Nokia X6
Nokia has joined the notched smartphone craze with its recently announced Nokia X6 and it’s one of the best budget smartphones that you can buy. When it comes to the design, the Nokia X6 arguably is the best-looking budget device. I mean, it’s glass sandwich design featuring aluminum frame is something which is not found in the budget segment. I also love Nokia X6’s display as the device brings a big 5.8 full HD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio, which thanks to the notch, is cramped inside a fairly manageable form-factor. Nokia X6 is no slouch when it comes to power either. The device brings the Snapdragon 636 chipset, which it pairs with 4GB/6GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB of internal storage.
Nokia X6 also wins big points in the camera department. On paper, the Nokia X6 brings a dual rear-camera system with a 16MP (f/2.0) primary sensor and 5MP (f/2.2) secondary sensor along with a 16MP (f/2.0) selfie shooter. While you will have to wait for our full review to get the final assessment, the first impression of the cameras is quite good. Overall, I am quite happy with the phone and I believe that this phone will surely give Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 Pro a run for its money, as it is supposed to be launched in the same price range. The device has already been released in China and will be coming to India very soon.
Buying a Smartphone with Notch?
That completes our list of the smartphones that are embracing the notch. Check them out and do tell us which one catches your fancy. Also, we will make sure to update this list with more smartphones with notch, so make sure to keep track. Lastly, do let us know your status on this whole notch trend by writing down in the comments section below.