iPhone X Copycats: These Are 20+ Android Phones With Display Notches

The clone battle for a notch at the top supremacy has begun, is just of a tide of iPhone X mocks that have swept through Mobile World Congress this week. After the final iPhone X announcement, we received confirmation of what had been suggested for a long time.

There are very little-known Chinese manufacturers competing to get products out as fast as possible. Here are 20 Android phones that have copied Apple’s iPhone X design, particularly the notch at the top of its display featuring the all-important TrueDepth sensor for Face ID, and rather than hiding it away behind the black status bar, Apple embraced it and demanded that app developers do the same.

A quick few months later and looking no fewer than twenty different iPhone X lookalikes presented. You guessed it, they’re all running Android.

The Leago S9 Pro is just one of a tide of iPhone X clones that shown its face at MWC 2018, Essential Phone did it already. Lesser known, mainly Chinese, firms have also taken to aping Apple’s iPhone designs in the past and new with iPhone X is absolutely no different. The idea of Android phone makers borrowing heavily from iPhone designs is nothing new and Samsung, in particular, has found itself in court over the matter over the years.

Of the twenty iPhone X copies offered up as an example of the situation by the global marketing manager of Android phone manufacturer Doogee, such as Oukitel. Doogee. Blackview. UleFone. OtOt. Ila. The list goes on – and it’s starting to include names more familiar to Western audiences. Asus’ new ZenFone 5 takes the obvious notch route from Apple’s latest phone X. Huawei is another to come up with its next flagship that follows a similar patch. Likewise, there are other manufacturers….

There are a fair few that are from companies we’ve never heard of. After all, what on earth is the Wiko Wave 2?!

Starting with Doogee and its exec put together a graphic showing 23 phones, although it’s generally been agreed that 20 is the number of copycats. One of those 23 is the iPhone X itself, but with Essential’s offering having actually launched before the iPhone with a decidedly different approach and the aforementioned Wiko Wave 2 with a notch looking more like that than an iPhone X. Thinking that the final figure of 20 is fair, the iPhone X design with notch was leaked way before the Essential’s existence. Thus it doesn’t take a genius to figure out where do the 99% of these notch copycat phones take their inspiration from even though they didn’t possess anything like Apple’s TrueDepth sensor which is the main purpose of the notch on iPhone X.

There’s no shame when it comes to copying Apple’s iPhone design, as the Cupertino-based company actually copied it from elsewhere. And if we thought the notch was going to go away, we were very much mistaken.

Say what you like about the iPhone X’s notch? If nothing else, it’s an honest design form factor. Apple set out to make a phone as dominated by the screen as possible, which meant removing the bezels, which also meant removing the fingerprint sensor, meant adding a 3D-sensing camera for Face ID. Which meant taking a considerable bit out of the screen. And Apple didn’t try to hide the resulting notch – on the contrary, it simply advised developers not to disguise it in software.

These Android phones, on the other hand, are thinking of making the notch much bigger than it needs to be. They don’t contain advanced face-scanning tech, usually just a selfie camera, a speaker, and an ambient light sensor. One product manager at a Chinese OEM told that he likes the notch design as a way to very much maximize screen-to-body ratio, but again, wouldn’t have been able to push it before the iPhone X made it possible for customers to “accept” such as product.

Google, is also preparing the next version of its Android codenamed “P” to have formal support for notches, anticipating the flood of Apple-inspired devices. With so many companies following Apple’s suggestion that developers and users embrace it. Only question remains: will you?

Expect many more phones to sport similar notches in near future, with OnePlus seemingly next in line to implement it on its upcoming OnePlus 6 flagship. From LG G7 Neo, also has a notch.

(Source: Allenn He [Twitter])

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