Do smartphones need the notch?

Smartphone makers have thrown out practicality by including the notch as a design feature, even though it is unnecessary

When the Apple iPhone X was first launched, one of its biggest criticisms was its "notch".

Coined by the media, the term describes the black area at the top of the iPhone X's screen that houses the phone's TrueDepth camera system - needed for its face recognition technology.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 09, 2018, with the headline 'Do smartphones need the notch?'. Print Edition | Subscribe