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More and more companies are releasing smartphones with notches to maximize screen real estate. However, our poll shows most users are against this design trend, which kills the symmetry of a smartphone and gives it a weird look. If you’re one of them, you’ll be happy to hear there are still quite a few mid-range and high-end phones out there without a notch, although the number is decreasing fast. Check out a few of the best phones without a notch below.

Best phones without a notch

  1. OnePlus 7 Pro
  2. Redmi K20 Pro
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 9
  1. Realme X
  2. Google Pixel 3
  3. ROG Phone 2

OnePlus 7 Pro 

OnePlus 7 Pro Display held in hand

The OnePlus 7 Pro sets the standard for what a flagship-killer should deliver. Between the gorgeous 90Hz curved display that stretches right to the edges and the pop-up front facing camera, the OnePlus 7 Pro delivers a flagship-grade experience at a significantly lower price point. 

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The OnePlus 7 Pro is equipped with a 6.7-inch QHD+ display. This is a Super AMOLED panel with a refresh rate that can be toggled up to 90Hz. The 19.5:9 aspect ratio helps in making the phone easy to grip. 

This year, the phone has gotten an upgrade on all fronts. The processor is a top-of-the-line Snapdragon 855 chipset paired with up to 12GB of RAM. Storage starts at 128GB and goes up to 256GB. The camera system has also been upgraded to a triple-camera solution. The primary shooter sports a 48MP IMX586 sensor while the ultra-wide angle camera has a 16MP, f/2.2 sensor. The telephoto module, meanwhile, makes do with an 8MP sensor.

Battery tech on the OnePlus 7 Pro has gotten an upgrade in the form of even faster Warp Charge 30 technology while the battery itself has been increased to 4,000mAh.  The OnePlus 7 Pro starts at $669 for the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant, goes all the way up to $749 for the 12GB RAM and 256GB storage version. 

Specs

OnePlus 7 Pro

  • 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 3,120 x 1,440 QHD + resolution, 516ppi
  • Snapdragon 855
  • 6/8/12GB of RAM
  • 128/256GB of storage, no microSD expansion
  • 48MP rear camera, 16MP ultra-wide camera, 8MP telephoto camera
  • 16MP pop-up selfie camera
  • Non-removable 4,000mAh battery, 30W fast charging
  • Android 9.0 Oreo

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Redmi K20 Pro

 Redmi K20 Pro with display on

The Redmi K20 Pro is the first high-end phone launched under the value-focussed Redmi series of devices. The phone delivers a bold design mixed with top of the line specifications and a very good camera setup to boot. 

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The phone is a bid by Xiaomi to break into the value flagship segment in India, a category where it hasn’t been particularly successful so far. The phone has a 4,000mAh battery and supports 27W fast charging, but it ships with an 18W in the charger necessitating an additional purchase for the fast charger. 

The display measures 6.39-inches with a resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 pixels. The panel looks fantastic and the size comes across as very comfortable to use even in one hand. 

Redmi K20 Pro in hand showing display

Other specs and features include the Snapdragon 855 chipset, a triple-camera set up on the back, and a pop-up selfie camera. The phone is priced starting at 27,999 rupees ($406) and 30,999 ($450) in India. The phone could be making its way soon to Europe under the Mi 9T Pro moniker.  

Specs

  • 6.39-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,340 x 1,080 resolution, 403ppi
  • Snapdragon 855 chipset
  • 6/8GB of RAM
  • 64/128/256GB of storage, non-expandable
  • 48MP rear camera, 13MP ultra-wide camera, 8MP telephoto camera
  • Non-removable 4,00mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 156.7 x 74.3 x 8.8mm, 191g[/alert]

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 no notch

The Galaxy Note 9’s notch-less display comes in at 6.4 inches, making it slightly bigger than the S9 Plus’ (6.2 inches). The curved Super AMOLED panel offers QHD+ resolution and has an 18.5:9 aspect ratio.

The S Pen makes the Galaxy Note 9 stand out from the crowd.

The Note 9 packs the Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 chipset under the hood — depending on the region — along with either 6 or 8GB of RAM. It also sports a dual-camera setup on the back, features an iris scanner, and is IP68 rated for protection against water and dust. But what makes it special is the S Pen, which pops out from the bottom edge of the device. It now supports Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), so you can launch the camera and take a selfie via the button on the stylus — among other things.

The Galaxy Note 9 is one of the best and most powerful phones you can currently get your hands on. We here at Android Authority called it the best phone of 2018. But it is rather expensive: the 6GB/128GB version will set you back $1,000, while the beefed-up variant with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage goes for $1,250.

Specs

  • 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,960 x 1,440 resolution, 516ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 chipset — depending on the region
  • 6/8GB of RAM
  • 128/512GB of storage, expandable up to 512GB
  • Dual 12MP rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm, 201g[/alert]

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Realme X

Realme X close up of display

It has taken little over 14 months for Realme to sell 10 million units. Backing that are a series of quality products that have been well reviewed by us. While Realme has already announced plans for the next-gen Realme 5 series of phones, we were suitably impressed by the pop-up selfie camera packing Realme X

The phone combines excellent aesthetics with a large 6.53-inch AMOLED display. The 19.5:9 aspect ratio, well-saturated FHD+ resolution and Gorilla Glass 5, make it one of the better products in the segment. 

The phone might not be the fastest in the segment but the Snapdragon 710 chipset powering the Realme X is no slouch either. The 4 to 8gigabytes of RAM and between 64 and 128GB of storage, both help with making it a very competitive package. 

One of the best aspects of the Realme X is the attention to imaging software. With similar hardware across products, it is software that makes the most difference and Realme has definitely delivered here. Instead of multiple combinations, the Realme X sports a single 48MP primary sensor combined with a 5MP depth sensor. The camera is well tuned to churn out nicely saturated, great looking shots that manage to retain a lot of detail too. The camera impresses with its low-light prowess as well. 

The Realme X is priced between 16,999 rupees (~$245) and 19,999 rupees (~$290), making it one of the most affordable notch-less phones around. 

Specs

  • 6.53-inch AMOLED display with 2,340 x 1,080 resolution
  • Gorilla Glass 5
  • Snapdragon 710 chipset
  • 4/6/8GB of RAM
  • 64/128GB of on-board storage
  • 48MP rear camera, 5MP depth sensor
  • 16MP pop-up selfie camera
  • Non-removable 3,765mAh battery
  • Android 9.0
  • 161.3 x 76.1 x 9.33mm, 191g[/alert]

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Google Pixel 3

Unlike the Pixel 3 XL, the Pixel 3 doesn’t have a notch. It’s a compact device with its 5.5-inch display, although its bezels are a bit on the thick side. It’s powered by the Snapdragon 845 chipset, has 4GB of RAM, and runs a stock version of Android.

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The Pixel 3 only has a single camera at the back, but it’s still one of the best phones for photography you can get. It takes great photos, even in low-light conditions thanks to Google’s Night Sight technology. The device also sports two cameras up front, which is a first for the Pixel series.

Google’s flagship is IP68 rated for protection against water and dust, has dual front-facing speakers, and supports wireless charging. But it does not have a headphone jack or support expandable storage. Pricing starts at $800.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch P-OLED display with 2,160 x 1,080 resolution, 443ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64/128GB of storage, non-expandable
  • 12.2MP rear camera, dual 8MP front cameras
  • Non-removable 2,915mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9mm, 148g[/alert]

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Asus ROG Phone 2

Asus ROG Phone 2 screen straight on 2

Now in its second generation, the notch-less Asus ROG Phone is aimed at gamers. It comes with high-end specs, a large battery, and a 6.59-inch 120Hz AMOLED display. It also sports an attention-grabbing design with a customizable RGB logo at the back. 

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The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset, 12GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage. This time around, Asus has built a range of accessories that are highly modular in nature. You can get a number of gaming-focused accessories for the device including a TwinView handheld dock with a secondary display and 6,000mAh battery. We’ve got a lot more about these in our hands-on report

While we still don’t have international pricing for the Asus ROG Phone 2, the phone is slated to launch in China for 5,999 yuan (~$873). We should know more about US pricing once global roll out begins starting September 4. 

Specs

  • 6.59-inch 120Hz AMOLED display with 2,160 x 1,080 resolution, 402ppi
  • Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset
  • 12GB of RAM
  • 256/512GB of storage, non-expandable
  • 48MP primary camera and 13MP ultrawide camera, 24MP front camera
  • Non-removable 6,000mAh battery
  • Android Pie
  • 171 x 77.6 x 9.5 mm, 240g

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If you’re a notch hater, these six phones are your best options. However, there are plenty of other great notch-less models out there, including the Oppo Reno 10x, Samsung Galaxy M40, and Moto One Vision

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