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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, 2018-03- 3 (Update: 2018-03- 4)
Sanjiv Sathiah
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I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have been particularly interested in all things Apple, but also enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture.