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More and more companies are releasing smartphones with notches to maximize screen real estate, thankfully the trend is slowly starting to lose steam and a number of handsets are now available without a notch.

Best notch-less phones:


1. OnePlus 7T Pro

OnePlus 7T Pro notch-less

The OnePlus 7T Pro comes with a large 6.67-inch QHD+ display that sports a 90Hz refresh rate and extremely thin bezels. It doesn’t have a notch or any other cutout. The company was able to achieve a high screen-to-body ratio by using a pop-up camera, which rises up from the top edge of the phone when needed.

The OnePlus 7T Pro is a beast of a phone. It packs the latest Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset along with as much as 12GB of RAM under the hood if you go with the McLaren Edition. It also features an in-display fingerprint sensor, three cameras at the back, and as much as 256GB of storage. However, the handset does have a few drawbacks. It doesn’t have an official IP rating, lacks a headphone jack, and doesn’t support wireless charging. Nevertheless, it’s still one of the best notch-less phones you can get.

The OnePlus 7 Pro is also a great option for those looking for a phone with an all-screen design. It has the Snapdragon 855 chipset instead of the 855 Plus and comes with a slightly smaller battery. Other than that, it’s pretty much the same as the 7T Pro, which is good news for US buyers as the OnePlus 7T Pro isn’t coming to North America.


OnePlus 7T Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855 Plus
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 16, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,085mAh
  • Software: Android 10


2. Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro - phone without a notch

The Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro, also known as the Redmi K20 Pro in some regions, offers a full-screen experience thanks to its use of a pop-up camera. It’s a high-end device that trades features like wireless charging and an IP rating for a lower price tag.

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The Mi 9T Pro sports the Snapdragon 855 chipset and a triple rear camera setup featuring a wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto sensors. It also offers an in-display fingerprint scanner, a 4,000mAh battery that supports fast charging, and an eye-catching design. It even has a headphone jack on board.

Perhaps its biggest drawback is the software experience that, as noted in our review, is far from brilliant. Xiaomi’s skin leaves a lot to be desired, but you can always change the look and feel of the OS and add new features with a launcher like Nova.


Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.39-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 13, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


3. Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL

Google Pixel 4 vs Google Pixel 4 XL displays on angle

A combination of high-end specs, a great software experience, and fantastic cameras is what puts the Pixel 4 and 4 XL among the best notch-less phones. They don’t feature a fancy pop-up camera, which means their bezels are a bit thicker when compared to phones like the OnePlus 7T Pro and Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro.

The Pixel 4 and 4 XL are among the best phones for photography. They can capture fantastic images, even in low-light conditions thanks to Google’s Night Sight technology. They even have an Astro mode that lets you take awesome images of the stars. And as they run stock Android, they will be among the first to get updated to the latest version of the OS.

The phones are similar in terms of specs, both featuring the same chipset, cameras, and memory options. However, the Pixel 4 XL does have a larger display with a higher resolution and a bigger battery. It also costs more — check pricing via the button below.


Google Pixel 4 specs:

  • Display: 5.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 12.2 and 16MP
  • Front cameras: 8MP + ToF
  • Battery: 2,800mAh
  • Software: Android 10


Google Pixel 4 XL specs:

  • Display: 6.3-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 12.2 and 16MP
  • Front cameras: 8MP and ToF
  • Battery: 3,700mAh
  • Software: Android 10


4. Sony Xperia 1 and 5

No notch sony xperia 5

The Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 are very similar phones, both sporting a notch-less design with relatively thin bezels. The latter is the more recent of the two and comes with a 6.1-inch Full HD+ display, 6GB of RAM, and three 12MP cameras at the back. It’s IP68 rated for protection against water and dust and supports expandable storage. There’s also a side-mounted fingerprint scanner on board.

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The Sony Xperia 1 sports a larger display at 6.5 inches that offers 4K resolution. Due to its bigger footprint, it also has a slightly larger battery (3,330mAh vs. 3,140mAh). The rest of the specs, including the chipset and cameras, are exactly the same as those of the Xperia 5.

Both phones are available in the US and are quite expensive, with the Xperia 1 costing more than its smaller brother.


Sony Xperia 1 specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, 4K
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,330mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


Sony Xperia 5 specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,140mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


5. Asus ROG Phone 2

Asus ROG Phone 2 - best phones without a notch

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 the Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset and comes with 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.

The ROG Phone 2 is available both in the US and Europe, but it doesn’t come cheap — check pricing below.


Asus ROG Phone 2 specs:

  • Display: 6.59-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: SD 855 Plus
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256GB/512GB/1TB
  • Cameras: 48 and 13MP
  • Front camera: 24MP
  • Battery: 6,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie


6. Asus Zenfone 6

Asus Zenfone 6 - screen upright

The Asus Zenfone 6 is what happens when a company packs as much as it can into a smartphone and charges a reasonable price for it. The highlight feature of the handset is the motorized flip camera system, which houses the 48MP primary sensor and 13MP super wide-angle sensor. In addition to standard rear shots, you can also use the cameras to take some of the best selfies you’ll get from a smartphone. This approach allowed Asus to create a phone with a full-screen experience without a notch or any other cutout.

It's the flip camera that makes the Zenfone 6 stand out.

In addition to the cameras, there’s plenty to like about the Zenfone 6. The phone features a 6.4-inch IPS display with Full HD+ resolution, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, at least 6GB of RAM, at least 64GB of expandable storage, and a gigantic 5,000mAh battery. The Zenfone 6 also features Android 9.0 Pie underneath ZenUI 6, Asus’ lightest Android skin to date.

The LCD display isn’t much to write home about, and there’s no wireless charging. There’s also no water resistance. But these omissions are expected based on the Zenfone 6’s affordable price tag.


Asus Zenfone 6 specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48 and 13MP
  • Front cameras: 48 and 13MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


7. Vivo Nex 3

Vivo nex 3 5g selfie camera pop up 1

The Vivo Nex 3 has a lot going for it. It sports a large 6.89-inch display and a pop-up selfie camera, which allows for a high screen-to-body ratio. It’s powered by the latest and greatest Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset that’s backed by 8GB of RAM.

In his review, our very own Bogdan Petrovan called it “a solid alternative to the Mate 30 Pro” due to the many similarities between the two. The Nex 3 comes with a similar design, packs a triple camera setup at the back, and is also available in a 5G variant.

It has its drawbacks, like any other phone. The software experience leaves a lot to be desired and the image quality can be inconsistent at times, among other things. But it does offer good value for money. The phone was not released in Western markets, but you can still get it on Amazon.


Vivo Nex 3 specs:

  • Display: 6.89-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855 Plus
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Rear camera: 64, 13, and 13MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


8. Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL

Pixel 3a -- phones without a notch

In terms of raw performance, the Pixel 3a and 3a XL aren’t the best options for demanding users, as they are mid-range devices. However, they still have more than enough power under the hood for the average user. The reason we included them on this list is because they are great phones for those into photography. The handsets sport the same camera as the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, despite being much cheaper. This means they can capture fantastic images, even in low-light conditions thanks to Google’s Night Sight technology. They even received the Astro mode via an update, which is a feature that made its debut on the Pixel 4 series.

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The Pixel 3a and 3a XL also run a stock version of Android and feature the Active Edge feature, which lets you summon Google Assistant just by squeezing the edges of a phone. But they lack certain high-end features including an IP rating and wireless charging. They do, however, have a headphone jack on board.

The main differences between the two Pixel 3a phones are in the display and battery departments. The Pixel 3 has a 5.6-inch display and a 3,000mAh battery, while the XL model comes with a 6.0-inch screen and a 3,700mAh battery.


Google Pixel 3a specs:

  • Display: 5.6-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 670
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Camera: 12.2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


Google Pixel 3a XL specs:

  • Display: 6.0-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 670
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Camera: 12.2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,700mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


9. Nubia Red Magic 3S

Red Magic 3S flat on wooden floor 16x9

The successor to the Red Magic 3, the Red Magic 3S is Nubia’s latest gaming smartphone. It’s a unique-looking device that packs quite the punch.

The Red Magic 3S features the Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset, up to 12GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage, and a huge 5,000mAh battery. The phone also sports a 6.65-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate, a 48MP primary camera, and Android 9.0 Pie. As for gaming features, the Red Magic 3S boasts liquid cooling, a built-in fan, an RGB light strip on the back, and two mappable side-mounted triggers acting as shoulder buttons.

The Red Magic 3S offers a lot of value for money. It’s available in the US, Europe, and plenty of other regions via the company’s online store, which you can visit via the button below.


Nubia Red Magic 3S specs:

  • Display: 6.65-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855 Plus
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


10. Oppo Reno 10x Zoom

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom display

The last model on our list of the best notch-less phones is the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom. What makes it special is the shark fin style popup selfie camera, which allows for a high screen-to-body ratio. The display comes in at 6.6 inches and offers Full HD+ resolution.

The phone's camera setup offers 5x optical and 10x hybrid zoom.

The phone is aimed at demanding users, packing the Snapdragon 855 chipset under the hood along with as much as 8GB of RAM. You also get three rear cameras with 5x optical and 10x hybrid zoom, an in-display fingerprint scanner, and a 4,065mAh battery. However, there’s no IP rating, wireless charging, or a headphone jack.

The handset is available in a number of European countries, where it undercuts the competition by a wide margin. Unfortunately, it was not released in the US.


Oppo Reno 10x Zoom specs:

  • Display: 6.6-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 13, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,065mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


If you’re a notch hater, these 10 phones are your best options. However, there are plenty of other great notch-less phones out there to choose from.

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