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. 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 (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.

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.

ALSO READ: Nokia 6.1 Plus Review- Is It Better Than Mi A2?

6. 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?

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 Z3

Vivo recently launched Vivo Z3 in China which has the same footprint as the Vivo V11 Pro and comes in two versions powered by Snapdragon 670 and Snapdragon 710 mobile platforms respectively.

On the front, the Z3 has a 12MP selfie camera with a dual-pixel sensor and on the rea,r you will find a more conventional 16MP+2MP combination. The handset has a 6.3-inch Full HD screen (IPS LCD) and a 3315mAh battery.

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

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 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 Pro/ Vivo R17 86/100
Oppo Z23 85/100
Vivo Z3 83/100
Moto Z7 80/100
OnePlus 6T 88/100
Realme 2 Pro 84/100
Nubia Z18 85/100
Huawei Mate 20 87/100


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