The display notch of the OnePlus 6 will be hideable, the company's co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Pete Lau said Wednesday. While responding to a fan question posted on the firm's official product forums, Mr. Lau revealed the Chinese phone maker initially opted against the ability to hide the cutout of its next Android smartphone but went back on its decision following user feedback. Regardless, "the best way to experience the OnePlus 6 is using the full potential of the display," the official said.
Screen notches remain a controversial subject among tech enthusiasts that represent a significant portion of OnePlus's target audience. Following the firm's confirmation that the OnePlus 6 will feature such a cutout, many fans took online to voice their displeasure about the design cue, especially after co-founder Carl Pei told them to "learn to love" it. The ability to "hide" the notch will likely come in the form of a software option that blacks out the portions of the screen flanking it, with such a function essentially preventing the device from using those parts of the display. In its default mode, the OnePlus 6 will flank the notch with Android's system status bar and adopt some user interface cues of the upcoming Android P, including a new clock that will now sit in the top left corner of the display instead of the top right one, the company revealed last month.
The Shenzhen, China-based original equipment manufacturer already confirmed the OnePlus 6 will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chip and feature up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal flash memory. A 3.5mm jack will also be part of the package, together with a USB Type-C port and an Alert Slider, a signature feature of all of the previous OnePlus-made devices. The handset is already being teased online and is expected to be officially announced come late April or early May. The upcoming LG G7 ThinQ is also rumored to provide users with the option of hiding its display cutout in a similar manner and should launch around the same time.