The phones that will demolish most OEM excuses
Thanks to these two phones that I am about to cover, the "notch and no headphone jack combo" era of smartphones may soon come to a close.
Is it for real this time?
After a stint by Lenovo recently, I was considering that the phone that they deceivingly teased might not see the light of day for at least another year or two. The fact that they and even stronger brands such as LG and HTC are only able to increment closer towards the bezeless aesthetic with every new model such as the U12 plus and even samsung with all its assets and subdivisions was only able to shave it close with the Galaxy S9 proves this. The phones that break the mold are actually from smaller, lesser known brands such as Vivo and Oppo. The phones( which are actually what they depict!) are called the Vivo Nex S and the Oppo Find X.
Vivo Nex S : Clean and just as useful as the rest
For the image above can you see something unique about it? It's the fact that it has more screen real estate without the compromise of a notch. It actually competes in specs with the top products by having a snapdragon 835 with an adreno 630 GPU. It comes standard with 8 GB of ram and your choice of 128 or 256GB of storage. It wields a dual camera setup with a 12MP main shooter and a 5MP addition lens. What about the front camera you ask? It is actually hidden within the frame of the phone until it activates via a pop up method when you use the camera app, which solves the notch issue. Did I also mention that it has a headphone jack alongside a USB type C port?
Oppo Find X: Heavy hitter with a unique feature
What has this phone in the news not only does away with the notch but uses it at his headline feature. It is similar to the Vivo Nex S except it is lacking both a headphone jack and fingerprint scanner of any kind. It has the same specs as Vivo's offering but handles the camera solution in a far more elegant way. Both the front and rear cameras are integrated into the top part of the phone and is hidden behind the screen and the back. This means that the cameras are protected when they're not in use and only exposed to the elements when the camera app is opened. I can see lack of broken camera lens as a big selling point in the future.
What does this mean for the market?
If these phones get more traction beyond initial hype then we can shift beyond phone trends that only works for one phone because of it's special place in the market. Both phone's mechanisms for summoning the camera are unique but uncommon, so I hope aftermarket support is kept up so customers can try it out without worry( I seriously see myself trying to make the camera pop up 100 times just for the fun of it). It would also be in their best interest to keep up with the android updates if they want to retain customers for the sequel products. This might allow OEMs to innovate in their designs like making a throwback to keyboard designs e.g. the Blackberry Key One or 2. Either way these phones make the market much more exciting for a consumer.
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