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.

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. Oppo R17

Last August, back home in China, Oppo launched its Oppo R17 with a water droplet style notch. The Dual SIM smartphone is actually the first smartphone to feature Gorilla Glass 6 protection. It boasts a 6.4-inch AMOLED display which bearly any bezels on the sides and top. 

The phone is powered by a Qualcomm 670 Chipset with ADRENO 615 GPU and up to 8GB RAM. It also features a dual rear camera setup at the back.

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4. Oppo R17 Pro

Oppo R17 Pro had its debut last month in China and like the R17, its pro variant will also flaunt a waterdrop notch screen. Apart from that, the phone is rumored to house a triple camera at the back where the third one will be a TOF 3D stereo camera.

The phone will be powered by Snapdragon 710 SoC coupled with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage.

5. Vivo X23

The Vivo X23 has become official in China following a number of leaks. The Vivo X23 design is pretty much similar to what we have seen in the Vivo V11 Pro. It has a waterdrop display notch, an in-display fingerprint sensor, a 3D glass body.

As for innards, it packs a 6.41-inch display, Snapdragon 670 SoC, 8GB RAM, Jovi AI, Face Unlock 3,400mAh battery with 22.5W fast charging support.  Vivo is yet to announce its plan to launch the Vivo X23 in other markets.

ALSO READ: Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 VS Snapdragon 710 – What’s different?

6. Honor 8X / Honor 8X Max (Upcoming)

Recently Huawei Honor8 X was spotted at the Chinese TENAA listing. If the Chinese certification site listings are anything to go by, the Honor 8X will boast an LCD display with  FullHD+ screen resolution. The phone will have a waterdrop design notch at the top and a chin having the ‘Huawei’ logo.

The phone runs on Andriod 8.1 Oreo-based EMUI and will be powered by a 1.95GHz clocked Kirin mobile processor. Honor can offer the 8X with 4GB of RAM, and spot 64GB/128GB internal storage variants. In addition, it could pack a 4900mAh battery.

7. OnePlus 6T (Upcoming)

With around a month to go for OnePlus 6T launch, the company has started selectively revealing few things about the phone. The upcoming OnePlus 6T is confirmed to remove the headphone jack and to include an in-display fingerprint sensor.

The OnePlus 6T rumors and leaks suggest that the phone will feature a small waterdrop-like notch at the top housing a single-lens camera.

8. Realme 2 Pro (Upcoming)

The Realme 2 Pro is set to make its debut on September 27 and interestingly it seems to feature a water-drop notch screen on the front.

Though not much is known about the Realme 2 Pro as of now, it is expected to come with competitive specs. The phone could feature a Snapdragon chipset and 19:9 screen on the front. From Realme’s ad on youtube, it is evident that the upcoming phone will include a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.

9. Nubia Z18

ZTE’s sub-brand Nubia also launched its first water-drop notch display phone – the Nubia Z18 smartphone in China. The phone comes with a 5.99-inch full HD+ screen. It employs a Snapdragon 845 chipset along with up to 8GB RAM and up to 128GB storage.

The Nubia Z18 includes a horizontally stacked dual camera setup of 16MP+24MP sensors. Up front, there’s an 8MP selfie camera.

10. Huawei Mate 20 / Mate 20 Pro

The Huawei has set a date for its Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro launch next month. Both these phones are expected to feature a waterdrop notch screen on the front, as revealed by XDA.

Image Credit: XDA Developers

Apart from that, other major highlights of these two phones will be a Kirin 980 chipset which is manufactured using 7nm technology. Huawei is expected to pack a triple camera setup in both of these phones.

10 Best Water Drop Notch Phones

The water drop notch phones seem to be a trend which will further bloom as we inch towards 2019. Just a couple of months ago, the water droplet style notch display phones were just rumors. 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 September 2018

Product Name Rating
Vivo V11 Pro 86/100
Oppo F9 82/100
Oppo R17* 86/100
Oppo R17 Pro* 87/100
Vivo X23* 88/100
Honor 8X* 80/100
OnePlus 6T* 88/100
Realme 2 Pro* 84/100
Nubia Z18* 85/100
Huawei Mate 20* 87/100


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