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Huawei Thinks This Can Defeat the Notch-Crazy Trend

by Justin Herrick | December 5, 2018December 5, 2018 8:30 am PST

Huawei could be letting the notch die sooner than expected. In a new leak, the upcoming Nova 4 has been exposed with a display cutout. It shows that, rather than a notch at the top of the display, there will be a small space within the panel to store the front-facing camera and ambient light sensor. Maybe notches are due to be overtaken by display cutouts in 2019.

It won’t be the first smartphone to ship with a display cutout. Other companies, including Samsung, are preparing high-end and mid-range devices with similar designs. In fact, Samsung has a handful of alternatives to choose from.

The Nova 4 should be able to offer a true edge-to-edge screen. Since there isn’t a notch attached to the top, the display can stretch to all edges.

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So far, there aren’t too many designs that beat out what the notch accomplishes. Some companies are interested in pop-up mechanism that get stored within a smartphone’s construction, but there are some reliability concerns with that. It can also be awkward to stuff everything into an enlarged chin or forehead.

We’re unsure of when the Nova 4 will make its global debut, but it shouldn’t be too far off. Huawei could unveil it later this month or sometime in January. Then a wave of display cutout-toting smartphones should hit throughout 2019.

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