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300 million smartphones with notch display to be sold in 2018: Counterpoint report

Major Android players have embraced the iPhone X-like notch display which is a small cutout on top of the screen.

tech Updated: May 03, 2018 16:32 IST
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Apple influenced Android players to incorporate the notch display on smartphones.
Apple influenced Android players to incorporate the notch display on smartphones.(REUTERS)

According to a new Counterpoint report, around 300 million smartphones -- which equates to 19% of the total devices to be sold in 2018 globally -- will have a notch display.

Huawei, OPPO, Vivo and Xiaomi smartphones with notch displays (a little black cut-out on top of the smartphone screen) are likely to exceed 100 million units in sales in 2018, said market research firm Counterpoint.

“Android smartphones will contribute to 55% of such devices and most of the tier-one Android Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) will embrace ‘notch displays’ in their flagships first,” the report added.

The adoption of “notch displays” in sub-$200 price segments from tier-one brands will depend on competitive pressure and consumer feedback.

Cupertino-headquartered Apple will lead the segment by capturing 45% of devices with notch displays. Apple is also expected to continue the notch display in its next series of iPhones.

Android creator Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone was first to embrace the notch display.

iPhone X users decided to embrace the notch and the trend has recently shifted to Android camp with tier-one brands launching their flagships with notch displays.

Smartphones such as Asus Zenfone 5 was launched during Mobile World Congress (MWC), followed by Oppo F7, Vivo V9, Huawei P20 and P20 Pro are some devices that feature notch screen design. ALSO READ: Honor 10, Vivo V9 and other smartphones that look like iPhone X but run on Android

First Published: May 03, 2018 16:32 IST

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