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 flagships out there without a notch, although the number is decreasing fast. Check out a few of the best phones without a notch below.

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S9 no notch

The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus sport a so-called bezel-less design with curved displays that look gorgeous. They are powered by the Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 chipset (depending on the region), are IP68 rated, and have a headphone jack.

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The Galaxy S9 is equipped with a 5.8-inch display, while the Plus version measures 6.2 inches. Both use Super AMOLED technology, offer QHD+ resolution, and have an 18.5:9 aspect ratio.

There are only three other differences between the handsets: the camera, battery, and RAM. The Plus model is equipped with a dual-camera setup on the back, sports 6GB of RAM, and packs a 3,500mAh battery, while the S9 has a single primary shooter, comes with 4GB of RAM, and features a 3,000mAh battery.

The smartphones also feature an iris scanner and have the AR Emoji feature on board, which lets you turn yourself into an animated emoji with the help of the camera. The entry-level Galaxy S9 retails for $720, while the Plus model can be yours for $840.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S9

  • 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,960 x 1,440 resolution, 570ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 chipset — depending on the region
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB of storage, microSD expansion up to 400GB
  • 12MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5mm, 163g

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

  • 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,960 x 1,440 resolution, 529ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 chipset — depending on the region
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 64GB of storage, expandable up to 400GB
  • Dual 12MP cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,500mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5mm, 189g

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 3

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is proof a smartphone can have a full-screen design without a notch. However, the company had to get creative to achieve this. The handset has a slider design, revealing the two front-facing cameras up top when you push down the screen.

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It’s an interesting idea and I really like it, but it does have a few drawbacks. There’s no IP rating because of the design and the battery comes in at only 3,200mAh, which is small based on the fact the phone has a 6.39-inch display.

Other specs and features include the Snapdragon 845 chipset, a great dual-camera setup on the back, and wireless charging. The phone is already available in China starting at 3,300 yuan (~$480). It’s coming to Europe soon, although an exact date hasn’t been announced yet. To get your hands on it right away, you’ll have to order it from GearBest via the button below.

Specs

  • 6.39-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,340 x 1,080 resolution, 403ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 6/8/10GB of RAM
  • 128/256GB of storage, non-expandable
  • Dual 12MP rear cameras, 24 and 2MP front cameras
  • Non-removable 3,200mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 157.9 x 74.7 x 8.5mm, 218g

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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

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Sony Xperia XZ3

Sony Xperia XZ3 no notch

Like Samsung, Sony is one of the few phone makers that haven’t jumped on the notch bandwagon yet. The Xperia XZ3 is the company’s latest and greatest smartphone, sporting a 6-inch OLED display that’s slightly curved on the sides, the Snapdragon 845 chipset, and 4GB of RAM.

The Sony Xperia XZ3 runs Android 9.0 Pie out of the box.

The flagship runs Android 9.0 Pie and has a number of great software features on board like Side Sense, which brings up a mini app drawer when you double tap the edge of the screen. It features a single camera on the back, is equipped with dual front-facing speakers, and supports wireless charging.

The Sony Xperia XZ3 retails for $800, making it only $40 cheaper than the base model of the Galaxy S9 Plus. But the phone is often on sale, so you could get a better deal if you’re lucky. It comes in three colors: black, green, and silver.

Specs

  • 6.0-inch OLED display with 2,880 x 1,440 resolution, 537ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB of on-board storage, expandable up to 512GB
  • 19MP rear camera, 13MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,300mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 156.7 x 74.2 x 9.4mm, 186g

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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

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Asus ROG Phone

Asus ROG Phone display

The notch-less Asus ROG Phone is aimed at gamers. It comes with high-end specs, a large battery, and a big display. It also sports an attention-grabbing design with a customizable RGB logo at the back.

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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. The handset also features X Mode, which is a performance mode that raises the minimum clock speed and restricts tasks to the four fastest cores.

The Asus ROG Phone is a dual-SIM device and comes with two front-facing speakers. The 128GB variant retails for $900, while the 512GB version will set you back an additional $200.

The back of the Asus ROG Phone.

Specs

  • 6.0-inch AMOLED display with 2,160 x 1,080 resolution, 402ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 128/512GB of storage, non-expandable
  • 12 and 8MP rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 158.8 x 76.2 x 8.3 mm, 200g

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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 Nokia 8 SiroccoHonor Magic 2, and Moto Z3. There are also several innovative notch-less options available like the Vivo Nex and Oppo Find X, which feature pop-up cameras.

Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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