Display trends are swiftly changing every year and before we get a true bezel-less phone, we will have to endure all kinds of crazy. But crazy can be a refreshing change of pace. Perhaps displays are what design innovations are centered around these days.
In the pursuit of larger screens, manufacturers resorted to different aspect ratios and raged a war on bezels. Consequently, they were forced to come up with novel ways to house the front camera (including pop-up modules and sliders). But we guess a punch hole screen for in-display camera is what everyone has agreed upon for 2019.
What’s an in-display camera?
The term in-display is a bit misleading. There is still time before we plant cameras behind the screen the same way as we do for in-display fingerprint readers, but for now, the in-display cameras are more of a circular notch close to one corner and that’s supposed to be less intrusive than a regular notch.
Since the interruption is at corners (mostly), most of the status bar is still usable and can be populated with relatively more system and app icons. OEMs also add a few gestures to get more of the in-display camera. For instance, you can swipe down in the region to direct fire the camera app on the Galaxy A8s.
Phones with an in-display camera that you can buy
So, here are the phones that are sure to include Punch hole cameras at the front.
1. Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ and Note 10
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is totally unapologetic about its circular notch placed smack in the middle of the status bar. The size is the primary differentiator between the regular Note 10 and Note 10 Plus, but Plus variant gets a few extras including SD card slot and faster 45 charging.
Both of the Samsung Note 10 Phones include triple rear cameras, powerful 7nm Exynos 9825 chipset, S Pen with a gyro sensor and gesture support, and both are missing audio jack.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ price and full specifications
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 price and full specifications
2. Samsung Galaxy S10-series
The three phones in the Samsung Galaxy S10-series – Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, & Galaxy S10e – have been the biggest proponent of punch holes this year.
One primary reason for these phones topping this chart is that Samsung delivers the neatest punch hole on these AMOLED screens. There is no shadow or dull pixel lining the cutout which isn’t something we can say for other IPS LCD punch hole displays.
The Galaxy S10 trio covers a wide expanse in the premium segment. Being the epitome of Samsungs craftsmanship, all the three phones deliver excellent hardware in different form factors – and they still retain the audio jack.
- Samsung Galaxy S10+ specifications and price
- Samsung Galaxy S10 specifications and price
- Samsung Galaxy S10e specifications and price
3. Samsung Galaxy M40
The Galaxy M40 is a unique phone from Samsung for a variety of reasons. It brings a punch hole or the Infinity-O screen to affordable price segment, is powered by a competent Qualcomm chipset and is also the first Samsung phone to ditch the audio jack.
The Galaxy M40 looks premium and is a great bet if you are enticed by the punch-hole display concept and are restricted by a budget.
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4. Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro
Huawei’s Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro are the two new Kirin 980 powered phones that are competitively priced and bear IPS LCD displays with a punch hole.
The two phones also focus on delivering a remarkable camera experience. You get quad rear cameras and 32MP front camera housed within the front hole. The Honor 20 Pro and Honor 20 have almost identical specs, but the pro variant comes has more RAM and storage and a slightly bigger battery.
5. Motorola One Vision
The Motorola One Vision has a unique 21:9 aspect ratio screen. The unnaturally elongated screen is marked by a punch-hole camera at the top, and its disproportionately restricted width makes it comfortable to wield.
The Lenovo phone employs Samsung’s Exynos 9606 octa-core chipset and has the 48-megapixel Sony sensor for the primary rear camera. Other highlights include a 25MP front camera, 3500mAh battery, and pure stock Android software (Android One).
6. Vivo Z1 Pro
The Z1 Pro is the first Vivo phone with a punch-hole display in India. The handset is powered by Snapdragon 712 octa-core chipset and includes triple rear cameras.
This game-centric online exclusive handset has a massive 6.53-inch screen with full HD+ resolution and a 5000mAh power unit backing it up. Other features include UFS 2.1 storage, LPDDR4X RAM, 16MP selfie camera, a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and a 3.5mm audio jack.
7. Nokia X71
The Nokia X71 was launched for Taiwan but HMD global is allegedly working on making it available in more markets including India. The handset is powered by Snapdragon 660, has triple rear cameras, and of course, a 6.39-inch full HD+ punch-hole screen that HMD global terms as PureDisplay.
Like all other Nokia branded phone, this one too runs stock Android Pie as part of Android one program.
8. Samsung Galaxy A8s
While Samsung resisted notch for the entire 2018, it became the first one to take the leap towards the in-display camera placed within a punch hole. At the Samsung Developer Conference 2018, the South-Korean giant unveiled its new notch-less concepts: the Infinity U, V, and O displays.
The Infinity-O is what we have been referring to as in-display camera or punch-hole screen. The Samsung Galaxy A8s is powered by Snapdragon 710 and sports a 6.4-inch Full HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The front camera module of 24MP is placed within a 6.7mm cutout. The phone also sports a triple camera setup at the rear.
9. Huawei Nova 4
Samsung beat Huawei as its Nova 4 was launched a week later on December 17, 2018. The Nova 4 has a significantly smaller camera hole when compared to Galaxy A8s. Nova 4 displays a 6.4-inch FHD+ screen with a 4.5mm hole, and unlike the A8s the panel is IPS LCD. It has a screen-to-body ratio of 86.3% and brags a resolution of 2310 x 1080.
10. Moto One Action
Moto One Action is another Android One phone from Motorola that has triple rear cameras and a punch-hole cutout in its elongated 21:9 display for the front camera.
The Moto One Action is powered by Samsung Exynos 6909 chipset paired with 3500mAh battery. The One Action will retail in 3GB and 4GB RAM options with 32GB and 64GB of storage.
So, Notch-Yes or Notch-Less?
Moving ahead, the road could take us to some innovative design alternatives to Notch. Even brands like Meizu could take the Punch-Hole In-display camera route evident from their recent patents. And the only doubt we have is regarding the placement of other sensors and antennas which were otherwise housed in the notch island.
Either way, the notches are on their way out.