Huawei P20 Users Could Turn Off The Notch

Huawei P20
Huawei P20 Users Could Turn Off The Notch

New Huawei P20 flagship has a notch. That’s okay; loads of phones have launched with notches this year. What Huawei has done differently is introduce a feature that lets you turn the notch off. Very simply, this setting changes the status bar to black, which effectively camouflages the cutout containing the phone’s front-facing camera and speaker.

It’s not completely seamless, but as the pictures below show, it’s pretty damn good. At a glance, it just looks like the phone has a thicker top bezel, although if you squint you can see where the notch ends and the screen begins. Here’s the before and after, courtesy of Android Police:

notch Huawei p20
Notch on. Image: Android Police
Notch off. Image: Android Police

Huawei has done well here, as handling notches has become a bit of a burden for Android OEMs and developers. The Essential Phone was the first handset with a notch, but most phone makers have since copied Apple’s take, which goes for a slightly broader cutout.

Google is also having to deal with this sudden change to so many phones’ user interfaces, and in the latest version of Android, it included display cutout support. However, this feature is mainly for developers, who can use it to test how their apps will interact with notches, making sure crucial bits of information don’t get hidden by accident.

But perhaps introducing a feature like Huawei’s will be next for Android. I certainly know a few Apple users who would like to turn off the notch on their iPhone X.

Huawei P20 Specifications

   Huawei P20 specs (rumored) Huawei P20 Pro specs (rumored)
Processor Huawei Kirin 970
Octa-core CPU (4 Cortex A73 2.36 GHz + 4 Cortex A53 1.8 GHz) + i7 co-processor + NPU
Kirin 970
Octa-core CPU (4 Cortex A73 2.36 GHz + 4 Cortex A53 1.8 GHz) + i7 co-processor + NPU
RAM 6 or 8 GB 6 or 8 GB
Camera Primary: Dual-camera setup (Leica-branded)

Secondary: 24 MP

Primary: Triple-lens 40 MP setup with 5x hybrid zoom (Leica-branded)

Secondary: 24 MP

Battery 3,320 mAh 4,000 mAh
MicroSD Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, up to 256 GB
Software Android Oreo with EMUI on top Android Oreo with EMUI on top
Facial recognition Yes Yes

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