The debate over the notchâ€™s place in the world is ongoing. With it being so prevalent in the mobile industry, companies are exploring alternatives. So far, though, none have come close to rivaling the notch.Â But weâ€™re starting to see an unorthodox idea emerge.
Vivo and Oppo, two BBK Electronics-owned brands, have started using pop-up cameras. The slide-out mechanism allows the camera and other smaller components to be stored within a phone rather than squeezed into a tight space on the outside. Then youâ€™re left with a glorious all-screen look.
Would you choose a pop-up camera over a notch? The question deserves more than a simple â€œyesâ€ or â€œnoâ€ response. As much as you may like to criticize the notch, the pop-up camera isnâ€™t perfect. Actually, there are potentialÂ problems with it.
Phones with pop-up cameras arenâ€™t thin in the slightest. Since their makers are relocating a specific set of components, space needs to be created. Itâ€™s not like your current phone has a bunch of dead spots waiting to be used.
Aside from storing components for the cameras and sensors, the slide-out mechanism itself also needs space. Seriously, thereâ€™s a lot going on inside your phone already.
The NEX and Find X are not only thicker but also heavier than most flagships. Vivoâ€™s NEX measures 8mm thick and weighsÂ 199g. As for the Find X, it comes in at 9.6mm and 186g. Since late last year, theÂ Pixel 2 XL has been viewed as the tank among mainstream flagships. Well, the Pixel 2 XL is thinner and lighter than both.
Not a single person is asking for their phone to weigh more. The notch, meanwhile, doesnâ€™t add thickness nor weight. Itâ€™s a black strip that takes up a minor portion of the display, and most phones have a built-in feature to convert the sides to black as well.