Notch display phones initially met with some resistance but have gradually gained acceptance. Manufacturers are, however, trying to avoid notch all together for the next generation of bezel-less phones, but that entails a few compromises. (हिंदी में पढ़िए)
Meanwhile, ‘waterdrop’ notch, which is similar to what we saw on the first Notch display phone – the Essential Phone – has emerged as a solution that allows manufacturers to go almost bezel-less without compromising on the status bar space.
The notch is super minimalistic and only houses the selfie camera. All other notch components (sensors, earpiece, etc.) are housed elsewhere on the narrow top bezel lining.
Is the “waterdrop” notch better than the iPhone X-like notch? Let’s find out:
Waterdrop Notch Display Vs iPhone X-like wide Notch Screen: Advantages
– While the debate is still on, the water droplet style notch seems more aesthetically appealing. More so if the phone doesn’t have anything substantial to justify the regular full-size notch. In Apple’s case, it has its reason’s for continuing with a wider notch. At least it packs a bunch of sensors and camera for its secure Face ID feature.
– Another advantage of a waterdrop notch display is that it leaves ample room for status bar icons regular, which we have accustomed to over the years.
Best Phones with Water Drop Notch Display that You Can buy Today
1. Vivo V11 Pro / Vivo V11/ Vivo V11i
Vivo recently launched its V11 Pro (review) in India which retails in Malaysia as Vivo V11i. It’s lower storage and memory variant is referred as Vivo V11 which set to enter Indian market next month. It is one of the first water droplet style notch screen phones in India.
- Apart from AMOLED screen, the phone has an in-display fingerprint sensor and Snapdragon 660 chipset ticking inside. There’s also a competent dual rear camera set up and a 25MP selfie camera up front.
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2. Oppo F9 and F9 Pro
Oppo F9 Pro and Oppo F9 were actually the ones that started the waterdrop notch tend (and even coined the phrase). Both these phones are known to rock a Mediatek Helio P60 chipset coupled with 6GB and 4GB RAM respectively.
Apart from this, they are the first F-series smartphones to come with VOOC fast charging. Both of them come running on Color OS 5.0.
3. Realme 2 Pro
The Realme 2 Pro (Review) offers water-drop notch for a remarkably affordable price. The handset is available in three RAM variants (4GB, 6GB, 8GB), each with a dedicated microSD card slot.
The phone features Snapdragon 660 octa-core chipset and a good quality 6.3-inch (19:9) screen, dual rear cameras, 16MP selfie camera, and a sizeable 3500mAh battery.
4. OnePlus 6T
The latest OnePlus 6T was the first from the company to feature a waterdrop notch. This phone continued the legacy of OnePlus 6 mostly but resorted to the removing of the headphone jack to include an in-display fingerprint sensor.
The phone features a 6.41-inch display with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The phone is powered by Snapdragon 845 chipset.
5. Oppo R17 Pro and Oppo R17
Oppo R17 Pro and the Oppo R17 – both flaunt waterdrop notch screen. The pro variant gets triple rear cameras and Snapdragon 710, while the R17 is powered by Snapdragon 670 octa-core mobile platform.
Both phones have 6.4-inch AMOLED screens shielded by Gorilla Glass 6 and run Android 8.1 Oreo-based Color OS.
6. Realme U1
Realme has launched their budget smartphone Realme U1 with a waterdrop notch. This was, in fact, the cheapest phone to flaunt a waterdrop display at the time of its launch.
Realme U1 is powered by MediaTek Helio P70 chipset and comes with a starting price tag of Rs.11,999
7. Moto G7 [Upcoming]
Motorola is also reportedly working on a notch-display phone, the Moto G7. Leaked images show dual rear cameras and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.
The leaks also reveal Snapdragon 630 octa-core mobile platform, 8MP selfie camera, and a 3200mAh battery. At the time of writing, there is no official word as to when the phone will be official.
8. Vivo Y95
Vivo has been the front-runner in launching the phones with waterdrop notch and that continued with the Vivo Y95. This phone holds an uncanny resemblance with Oppo A7 which was also released at the same time.
The Vivo Y95 features a 6.22-inch Halo FullView HD+ display with a resolution of 1520 x 720. It is powered by Snapdragon 439 SoC.
9) Huawei Mate 20
Huawei Mate 20 is a low-cost option to Mate 20 Pro. It doesn’t include frills like reverse wireless charging, 3D Face scanning, in-display fingerprint sensor, 2K resolution screen or 40MP camera, but it tries hard to pass on a similar experience at a lower price.
You get a 6.53-inch IPS LCD display, 7nm Kirin 970 chipset, triple rear cameras with Leica optics, 24MP selfie camera, and a 4000mAh battery.
10. Samsung Galaxy M20/M10
Samsung fans would love the design change as the tech kingpin introduces the waterdrop notch. However, the South-Korean smartphone brand gave it a fancy name, i.e., Infinity-V. Galaxy M10 (Review) is powered by Exynos 7870 1.6GHz Octa-core chipset, coupled with a 3400mAh battery. On the other hand, its big brother Galaxy M20 (Review) runs on a 1.8Ghz Octa-core Exynos 7904 chipset and is fueled by a whopping 5000mAh battery.
10 Best Water Drop Notch Phones
The waterdrop design seems a better implementation of the notch trend. They facilitate more space for status bar icons and are less obtrusive in comparison to the large notch islands. With so many upcoming launches in the pipeline, we expected to see more and more water drop notch phones coming our way.
Here’s is the sum-up list of Best Phones With Waterdrop Notch Display in India January 2019
|Vivo V11 Pro||86/100|
|Oppo R17 Pro/ Vivo R17||86/100|
|Realme 2 Pro||84/100|
|Huawei Mate 20||87/100|
|Samsung M20 | Samsung M10||71/100 | 48/100|