Lenovo may be the first big-time phonemaker to produce phone with an edge-to-edge display that has not a single pixel carved out of it to make room for other parts of the smartphone. At least according to a new sketch by Lenovo VP Chang Cheng.
Of course, I’m referring to the dreaded notch, one of the most talked about and highly controversial design trends that has taken over the smartphone world since it was made popular (read: OK to do) by the iPhone X.
Essentially the widow’s peak of the smartphone, the notch is the area of the phone that sticks out like a sore thumb on these falsely named all-screen devices. The purpose of the notch—at least in the case of the iPhone X—is to allow for the mechanics of the front facing camera, the earpiece, and more, to still exist on the front of the phone while not losing the claim that the screen goes from edge to edge.
Some manufacturers, like Samsung and Google, use a workaround for their almost-all-screen displays that involves extending the top of the phone an extra millimeter or two to make room for those components. It works to remove the notch, but to some it might not be worth having to drop the edge-to-edge claim. Meanwhile, Android's latest OS has fully embraced the notch and actually baked it into the software design to smooth the process for developers.
Cheng’s sketch, which is captioned with a ‘Lenovo Z5’ mention, shows not a single displaced pixel on the front-facing screen. The image was posted on Weibo, which is a Twitter-like platform in China. The post, which was roughly translated by CNET, only says that the Lenovo Z5 is the company’s new flagship phone. Other than that, there were no details about where in the production process the Z5 is, or if that process has even started yet.
Another Lenovo-made render of the Z5 shows less than half of the device, but from what we can see, it may end up being the first truly edge-to-edge screen on the market. In that post, Cheng said the Z5 had a 95 percent screen-to-body ratio.
Credit: Weibo by Chang Cheng
Where do you stand on the notch? Is it a deal breaker for consumers when you try to show them different smartphone options?
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