ZTE says ‘screw it,’ designs phone with two notches

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  • The ZTE Iceberg is a new concept device that features an all-glass unibody design.
  • Oh, and the ZTE Iceberg also features two notches — one at the top, one at the bottom.
  • The ZTE Iceberg is a concept for now. Even if it hits production, we wouldn’t see it in 2018.

Chances are, if you’re reading this, you don’t like smartphone display notches. Poll after poll, including one run here at Android Authority, confirms that the majority of smartphone consumers don’t care much for the notch. ZTE must not be listening, because it designed a new smartphone that features not one but two notches, via IF World Design Guide.

The ZTE Iceberg (which is probably a code name and not the name that will hit the market) purportedly uses a new technique to fuse two pieces of glass to make one unibody. So the front and back of the ZTE Iceberg are made of glass, and it seems like the whole thing was carved out of a block of ice since you won’t be able to see the fuse line between the two panes.

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While it sounds like repairing the ZTE Iceberg will be an absolute nightmare, you have to give the company some props for doing something a little different with its designs. The corners of the phone display are curved, not unlike the Google Pixel 2 XL, and the corners of the phone bezel itself are transparent glass, giving it a unique (and imminently breakable) look.

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But the thing your eye will most be drawn to is the bottom notch. Whereas many current and upcoming phones feature a notch at the top of the display, the ZTE Iceberg features a second notch at the bottom that houses a speaker and most likely a microphone.

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One of the most common criticisms we hear about display notches is that they ruin the symmetrical nature of the device. So maybe ZTE is crazy like a fox in this regard, as adding a notch to the bottom of the phone definitely makes the device look more symmetrical than say, the OnePlus 6.

The ZTE Iceberg is just a concept for now. Even if it were to head to production, it is unlikely we’d see it hit a market in 2018.

What do you think? Are two notches better than one? Or is any notch a bad notch?

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via Android Authority

April 9, 2018 at 09:26AM