OnePlus was on the receiving end when it blatantly copied the design of the iPhone 7 Plus with respect to the OnePlus 5. However, it wasn’t the only one accused of copying the Apple flagship design. In fact, over the years, many companies, including industry leader Samsung, have been accused of copying the design of the iPhone.
Samsung’s Galaxy S8 has popularized the bezel-less design – a design that even Cupertino has fallen for with respect to the iPhone X, but the latter has its own unique take that is now becoming even more popular.
In an effort to make the iPhone X full-screen, Apple was forced to come up with a “notch” at the top of the screen to house the sensors usually housed by the upper bezel. As it turns out, this design has made the phone more popular, especially in China.
So far, there are a good number of Chinese smartphones that look exactly like the iPhone X. In fact, it’s quite easy to mistake them for the real deal. However, in this article – which will constantly be updated with more phones as we get new details – we’ll list the upcoming Android phones from popular OEMs that are set to feature the iPhone X-like notch.
Huawei P20 series
We know Huawei will unveil the Huawei P20, P20 Plus and P20 Lite at an event in Paris on March 27. However, we haven’t been short of leaks, renders and rumors about the phones. In fact, thanks to serial leaker Evan Blass, we have the cleanest images of the P20 series yet and apparently, the entire Huawei P20 series will feature an iPhone X-like notch that will house the front-facing camera and earpiece, among other sensors. As if not enough, Huawei P20 series will also rock a similar camera setup on the back, but the P20 Pro will get a third lens.
Once again, there’s nothing wrong with emulating a ‘cool’ design, but this isn’t what a company aiming to become a leader in the smartphone industry should be doing. Huawei is the third leading smartphone vendor in the world and has constantly stated its desire to beat Apple on its way to becoming the leader in the industry. But with this kind of show, folks in the U.S., where Apple is the supreme, might be glad that the OEM was somehow locked out of the country’s carrier deals.
Asus ZenFone 5 and 5Z
Asus unveiled the midrange ZenFone 5 and the premium ZenFone 5Z at the MWC. Other than the internals, these two have the same design language, which is, in fact, a more blatant iPhone X copycat than you can imagine. According to Asus, though, the ZenFone 5 and 5Z have a notch that is 26% smaller than the iPhone X, which, on their part, is a huge achievement (pun intended).
Similar to Huawei, you also get an iPhone X-like camera arrangement on the back – a dual-lens setup, but the LED flash is below the lenses as opposed to Apple, where the LED flash is between the lenses.
At just $150, this is one of the cheapest you can get an iPhone X mockup. The Leagoo S9 comes from a little-known Chinese OEM and judging by its price tag, there isn’t much on offer here. In essence, the notch is the phone’s selling point, where people can get an iPhone X feel on the budget.
As you may have guessed, the Leagoo S9 also rocks the same dual-lens camera setup as the iPhone X and even though there’s a facial recognition feature housed by the notch, it’s nowhere near Apple’s Face ID. Want to know more about the “world’s first Android notch display smartphone?” Click here.
Another no-name Chinese smartphone vendor, Oukitel, has an iPhone X mockup as well. Dubbed Oukitel U18, the phone rocks a notched display, but the camera on the back, although a dual-lens setup, appears in the middle of the phone, much like what you see on the Huawei Mate 10 Pro.
Interestingly, the official product page of the Oukitel U18 points to a new display screen standard – a 21:9 aspect ratio that gives the 5.85-inch panel an HD+ resolution of 720 x 1512 pixels.
LG G7 (Neo)
The MWC 2018 event was widely expected to play host to the LG G7 launch, but instead, only what is believed to be the phone’s concept showed up. Caught up on a video, the alleged LG G7 (Neo) seems to be another flagship phone that is set to join the iPhone X notch craze.
We can’t be sure that what appeared at the MWC will indeed be the LG G6 successor, but looking at what’s happening in the smartphone market, it’s easy to believe that this will be the case. Alternatively, rumors also claim that this could be the abandoned LG device in favor of the LG Judy, which is what is believed to succeed the G6.
Sharp Aquos S3
Japan’s Sharp is also getting ready to unveil the successor to the Aquos S2, which emulated the Essential Phone’s notch style. As you may have guessed, it’ll be called the Aquos S3. With the launch drawing closer, the phone has just appeared online, showcasing another iPhone X-like design.
From the leaked images, the Aquos S3 notch doesn’t seem to house a lot. In fact, we can only see the selfie camera and earpiece, which is not strange for a midrange Android phone.
In addition to the notch, the Sharp Aquos S3 also comes with a vertical dual-lens camera on the back located in a similar position as Apple’s, but there’s a fingerprint scanner as well. If reports are to be believed, the S3 will come with a 5.99-inch full HD+ display, Snapdragon 630, 4/6GB RAM, 64/128GB storage, dual 12MP + 13MP rear camera and 16MP selfie camera.
Other iPhone X mockups
As noted, we’ve only highlighted upcoming Android phones from known OEMs, but there will be plenty of no-name Chinese device makers joining the party as well.
In fact, a good number are already on board. Talk of the Noa N10, Hotwonder Hotwav Symbol S3 and possibly a bunch of others from the likes of Xiaomi, Huawei’s Honor, Oppo and who knows maybe OnePlus 6 might just be another iPhone X look-alike.