You can turn off the notch on the Huawei P20

Huawei’s P20 with the notch hidden in the camera mode.
Image: Huawei

Huawei’s new 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 on.
Notch off.

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.

Comments

If you absolutely must have a notch because you can’t figure out a hardware solution, this is the only sensible implementation.

It’s basically the idea I posted before

it’s insane to me that an infographic needs to exist to get this point across. some people are just too dense.

Since the display is an IPS panel I’m wondering:
Does this actually turn off the display in that area (thereby conserving that energy) or does it only switch to dark (=purely cosmetic)?

Purely cosmetic as its still displaying info

P20 Pro uses OLED though, doesn’t it? So it will reduce energy consumption.

P20=LCD
P 20 Pro=OLED

By what? .5% reduced energy consumption with OLED displays is overblow IMO. OEMs use them not for that reason.

I suspect you’re correct. If it were worth it then OLEDs would almost come mandatory with dark modes.

Doge will be so happy…

They did good, too bad the front still has an ugly fingerprint scanner.

the black status bar looks good actually.

i think we have got a winner.

Just one little tweak, it looks a little odd with sharp corners so just give it rounded ones to match the bottom and we’re done.

Good noticing! Quite so. Have a rec

That’s just stupid… after this whole announcement, i find them to be no more than a troll company

The third best selling phone manufacturer in the world is nothing more than a troll company… Sure

You can’t ‘turn off the notch’. You can ‘turn off the ears’… that would be a fairer description of what’s happening. ‘Disguise the ears’ would be better still.

Such a simple solution. Why can’t Apple invent this for the X?

It’s not courageous enough.

A squared screen with those beautiful rounded corners wouldn’t look right.

But now the ties are motionless, and those in back are virtually inaccessible.

Should have mentioned this in the review article

Yeah this is actually pretty cool. I’m starting on the notch life this Easter so lets see if I wish I had this feature

Amazing how much better that looks in "bezel mode"! Those notches are still butt ugly even after the 1000th photo I’ve seen. I don’t know why people find it acceptable. WTF does it even buy you?

Notches allow for years screen to be pushed right up against the edge of the display.

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