2018 are notches the hot trend with smartphones. Essential was the first to release a cell phone with a notch in mid-2017, but Apple launched the fashion with the iPhone X. Unfortunately, unlike the iPhone X, every single-touch Android phone has a distinctive lower jaw. Let's take a deep dive to find out why.
Many Android OEMs have released cell phones with a notch since Essential released the PH1 in the summer of 2017. Companies like LG, OnePlus and Huawei have all embarked on the latest trend. The LG G7 ThinQ, the OnePlus 6 and the Huawei P20 Pro have another design feature in common – a huge bottom chin. In contrast, the iPhone X has an almost nonexistent chin at the bottom. Many Android fans are frustrated that OEMs have not replicated Apple's design masterpiece.
As you might expect, the high price tag has iPhone X deal with the minimal implementation of the lower frame. The reason is not quite so clear. Apple has spent a lot of money on research and development costs to remove the lower frame. The investment in development costs was eventually passed on to consumers at the first release in the form of a $ 1,000 price tag.
The problem at hand is the ribbon cable connecting the display controller to the motherboard. This cable is located on the underside of the smartphone screens and is an obvious hurdle to really go without a shutter by clearing the chin. To get around this problem, Apple implemented a flexible display to enclose the bottom, connect the display to the motherboard on the back of the screen, and solve the problem with the lower jaw.
As a result, the screen of the iPhone X is actually larger than what you see from the front of the phone can see. The lower part of the flexible display is simply placed behind the visible part of the screen to make room for the display connection.
Android OEMs could implement a similar solution, but pricing is far more prohibitive in the Android space. A mainstream Android phone for $ 1,000 + to sell is still something to test. The only Android OEM that could possibly come through with this price is Samsung, and they seem focused on full-screen implementations that do not use a notch. In fact, Samsung went so far as to mock Apple Notch's implementation in their Galaxy S9 launch earlier this year.
Will we soon see an Android phone without a chin? This question is difficult to answer. It depends on how quickly Android's OEMs can implement Apple's flexible display approach at a lower cost to the consumer. At this point we can not do much as Android fans. We only take it all by the chin.