Haters greeted the iPhone X’s “notch” with overwhelming criticism, and yet, a growing number of rival smartphone makers are stealing it. OnePlus is another one of them, according to these leaked photos, which reveal the upcoming OnePlus 6 ahead of its official debut.
The notch isn’t a reason to buy an iPhone X. It’s a sacrifice Apple had to make so that it could give us a gorgeous Super Retina HD display with the slimmest bezels possible. But it also makes iPhone X instantly recognizable. It’s a distinguishing feature that copycats feel a need to clone.
iPhone X’s notch embraced by Apple’s rivals
Lots of people want an iPhone X but can’t afford its hefty $1,000 price tag, so they look for the closest thing. Bringing the notch to other devices could make it more appealing. Apple’s rivals clearly understand that, which is why so many are already adopting similar designs.
OnePlus could become one of the biggest copycats so far. Leaked photos of the Chinese company’s upcoming OnePlus 6 suggest it will have a notch of its own, albeit significantly smaller than iPhone X’s. This will allow for an even larger edge-to-edge display.
The device will also have dual rear-facing cameras, stacked vertically like on iPhone X, and a rear-facing fingerprint scanner like its predecessor, the OnePlus 5T. It appears the OnePlus 6 will sport a glass back — a first for a flagship OnePlus device — which could hint at wireless charging support.
Not all iPhone X clones are awful
Many of the iPhone X clones we’ve seen so far are horrible, but that can’t be said about all of them. The OnePlus 6, if it’s anything like its predecessors, will be an excellent Android device. ASUS also unveiled a notch phone of its own at Mobile World Congress this week that looks very decent.
The ZenFone 5 has a smaller notch and even slimmer bezels than the iPhone X. Its display takes up 90 percent of the space on the front of the device — compared to 86 percent on the iPhone X — which makes for a very attractive design.
ASUS has also optimized its software to accomodate the notch, unlike smaller Chinese smartphone makers, which have allowed Android’s status bar to disappear into the bezels.