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Oppo R15, OnePlus 6 to follow the iPhone X notch copycat trend

Bizarrely, notches are in vogue and the Oppo R15 and OnePlus 6 are next in line. (Source: Weibo)
Bizarrely, notches are in vogue and the Oppo R15 and OnePlus 6 are next in line. (Source: Weibo)
The most controversial design element of the iPhone X has now been embraced by Oppo, and by default, OnePlus for their next flagship smartphones. Both the Oppo R15 and the OnePlus 6 will feature a “me too” notch when they arrive in the coming months.
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Oppo has teased the silhouette of its forthcoming R15 and it doesn’t bode well from a design perspective for either it or the OnePlus 6 also expected soon with yet another “me too” iPhone X-style notch. Both smartphone makers fall under the auspices of BBK Electronics and often share very similar designs. For example, the OnePlus 5 and 5T and the Oppo R11 and R11s are almost identical from a design perspective, if not in exact specifications.

The R15 shown, although largely obscured by a shadow, has a very thin bezel at the bottom of the device, with virtually no bezel at the top of the device except for the ill-conceived iPhone X-style notch. Although perhaps not quite as deep or wide as the iPhone X notch, it is most definitely present. It seems, by teasing the device early, Oppo wants its predominantly Chinese audience to consider waiting for their iPhone X rip-off before jumping board with one from the many on display at MWC this past week.

The good news for OnePlus fans who might also want an iPhone X-style notch (just in case the OnePlus 5/T wasn’t derivative enough of the iPhone 7), we can now also expect that its OnePlus 6 will also feature a notch. When they arrive in the next couple of months, the Oppo R15 and OnePlus 6 will be able to join the likes of Asus, Oukitel, Blackview, Leagoo and even LG with its (mercifully) scrapped G7 in having displays unnecessarily marred by a large notch.

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1289 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-03- 3 (Update: 2018-03- 4)