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Types Of Phone Notches: Standard, Teardrop, Bathtub & Popup


16th October 2023 | 213 Views

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In the race to go bezeless or achieve maximum screen-to-body ratio, companies have been trying various approaches. These approaches include mechanized moving parts, and others involve using sliding mechanisms, Samsung keeps the bezel, and some try huge notches like Apple. So we will discuss them all one by one.

Unless you are an absolute techie, buying a smartphone is no more accessible. Gone are the days when you picked the phone with the largest display or storage. One of the most important parameters of that mix is the notch. 

What is a Notch?

Simply put, as we try to increase the screen-to-body ratio, we have come to the point where there is not enough room to accommodate cameras and various other sensors. So, innovative cutoffs are made in phones to house these components. 

The shape, function, and usage of all these functions can vary drastically. That’s we have compiled this guide for you. Though, it’s up to you to decide how much impact the shape of the notch has an impact on the phone you buy. 

Standard Notch

This is what the iPhone uses. The big notch encases all of the sensors in it. And is a black region at the top of the display. In this case, the gap is very conventional, and most phones use it.

Horizontally, it does not extend to full width, giving some screen real estate on the sides. This real estate shows the time, notifications etc. However, most companies allow you to put a black bar across the bezel so that it, technically, seems to be a bezel. It is a conventional style. 

It started with the first iPhone X. Most phones follow this style to attain an excellent screen-to-body ratio. Some companies have smaller notches, and some have larger ones. Apple has one of the largest, with many sensors encased for Face ID. though other companies do it by reducing sensors, mainly removing everything other than Front Camera and speaker. 

This is most common also. It is a simple solution, but the problem is that there is less space to display notifications, and many believe that it is not that appealing in terms of looks.

Teardrop Notch

Teardrop is the notch at its smallest. It is just a notch, but they shrink the camera to a tiny size, and the speaker for calls is also embedded into the phone wall in a manner that becomes tiny. 

These devices have perfect horizontal screen space though not full width. The only criticism people find with it is that it does not look good or compromises the quality of speakers. Besides this, it is the closest we have reached to eliminated bezels without involving moving parts until now. 

Though this Samsung phone is in rumours and will bring a cutout notch, the camera will also be surrounded by pixels. It would be a nan average rectangular display with a small cutout with a front camera. 

This has no practical advantage, but the fact that some pixels above the camera cause the natural edge of the phone to light up, making the phone visually more appealing; Bath Tub Notch This is a big notch that occupies a lot of screen space. 

The weird thing is that the screen space is vertical. It is a chunkier notch. That has larger than average vertical real estate consumed. This is majorly in the case of Pixel 3. Due to its large dual cameras, it is a weird-looking notch and can, to some extent, reduce or hamper functionality. 

Though in the case of Pixel 3, it brings a tremendous front-facing camera, one of the best in the business. The Essential Phone, which almost most of us had forgotten, had a quite decently sized camera, but it was considered more of a teardrop notch as a single camera. Now let us discuss notches with moving parts.

Popup Camera Notch

This Popup camera notch was the first step toward motorized parts. In it, the things traditionally put in cracks are encased in trays and come out when required. This was seen with the Vivo Nex, where the camera comes out through the popup when the camera app is opened. 

The problem is that it is prolonged. Vivo has claimed to have tested many times, but all the phones with this design are fragile apart from sluggish. Moreover, as they have popups, they are not water-resistant. 

This design looks visually appealing, and this is a great option to flaunt or show off. Still, it has its complications, like it would be challenging to repair phones like these, and Phone Cases that can accommodate the moving parts are also not available in the market sufficiently.

Motorized Chassis Notch

This is a better, cleaner version of the selfie popup camera; here, a whole bezel of the phone’s width moves up and down. This is sturdy and doesn’t look incomplete. Whereas the selfie popup, when popped out, looks a bit sketchy. 

This complete-width design can have multiple sensors as it has many screen real estate. Oppo Find X is, as Oppo calls it, innovation. Oppo Find X has a new concept that allows it to have a 95% screen-to-body ratio. They do it with the help of a motor that rolls out the top bezel. 

It is not a bezel-less phone but a hidden bezel phone. However, it fulfils the primary intent of a small phone with a big display.

Slider Notch

This is a seriously new concept and eliminates the problems of motorized and non-motorized notches to a great extent. Released with Mi Mix 3, in this system, one has to slide the display down to reveal the camera manually. 

When not needed, the camera remains hidden, and when required, it comes out in no time, as you have to push it through your thumb. Most of the people who have got to experience it found it to be utterly satisfying. And it has lesser latency, and mechanical failure parts are also eliminated.

Though it has the possibility of dust getting trapped, it also has cases unavailable. Though all brands selling phones with motorized notches give Phone cover in the gap, it may not match the taste of all. The above was the total of all the notch designs we have seen till now. Maybe in future displ, ay notches are also possible. But till now, these are all the notches.


There are plenty of varieties of bezels in the market today. We are going through a transition in the world of smartphones with various newer form factors coming up. This includes folding phones, flip phones, notched phones, and various other things. Apple’s Vision Pro recently joined the party of all-new innovative consumer-tech design as well.

It’s a great time to be a tech-enthusiast. We hope you can find the right notch according to your preferences.

Akarshit Mahajan



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