Vivo X23 might feature a “water droplet” notch
Tiny rounded notch is a welcome sight visually but suggests a lack of 3D facial recognition tech
The “water droplet” notch is catching on.
Photos circulating on Chinese social media show what’s believed to be the upcoming Vivo X23, featuring a tiny curved notch that’s shaped somewhat like a drop of water -- hence its nickname in China.
But the appearance of the notch would seem to contradict earlier leaks, which suggested the phone will feature 3D facial recognition. That typically requires more than one camera: The iPhone X’s notch contains a selfie camera, an infrared camera, a projector and much more -- elements that simply wouldn’t fit in Vivo’s tiny notch.
Still, that’s not stopping the new notch from catching on: It can also be found on Oppo’s new F9 and R17. Oppo and Vivo are, of course, sister companies -- which along with OnePlus, are all under BBK Electronics. New designs on Oppo and Vivo handsets are often signs of what’s to come on the next OnePlus device.
The iPhone X wasn’t the first phone with a notch. The trend can be traced back to last year’s Essential Phone. Its sleek rounded notch actually came a few months before the iPhone X launched with a much larger notch that initially drew ridicule.
While the iPhone X has inspired an army of Android copycats with nearly identical notches, most failed to copy two essential elements of the design: 3D facial recognition, and the lack of a “chin” -- the thick bottom bezel.