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The best notch-less phones for all you notch haters out there

Ditch the notch and skip the punch hole with some of these unique designs.

Published onNovember 28, 2022

Sony Xperia 5 IV app launcher
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The notch became an easy way for smartphone makers to launch new devices with slimmer and slimmer bezels. However, there have been plenty of ugly notches that take away from the beautiful displays over the years. If you’re hunting for a clean, uninterrupted screen, this is the place to be. Here are all of the best notch-less phones you can buy — and we’re skipping punch hole cameras, too, just for good measure.

Best notch-less phones:

1. Samsung Galaxy XCover 5

galaxy xcover 5 notch-less phone

Samsung’s Galaxy XCover line is its most durable line of devices, ready for offroad adventures and more. As such, the Galaxy XCover 5 is neither the largest nor the flashiest device on the list, but it can take a beating.

You’ll get a pocket-friendly 5.3-inch HD display with prominent notch-less bezels at both the top and bottom of the device. Samsung turned to its own Exynos 850 chip to keep things humming along at a decent clip. While the 3,000mAh battery isn’t the largest in the world, it should be able to handle a day on the job or a muddy hike. When you tick down to zero, you can pop the included battery out and replace it with another to keep your day going.

See also: The best phones with removable batteries

The cameras on this notch-less phone may not be much to write home about — there’s only one on either side — but the XCover 5 is mainly here to keep you connected in any situation.

Samsung Galaxy XCover 5 specs:

  • Display: 5.3-inch, HD
  • SoC: Exynos 850
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: 16MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

2. Sony Xperia 1 IV and 5 IV

Sony Xperia 1 IV front in hand
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Sony’s pair of flagship phones is now on its fourth iteration, but the strategy has remained the same — offer all of the great features that others have left behind. You can grab either the Xperia 1 IV or 5 IV, and you’ll find a headphone jack right at home. Both phones share side-mounted fingerprint readers and 5,000mAh batteries, too.

If you go for the more expensive Xperia 1 IV, you’ll find a larger 6.5-inch display with a crisp 4K resolution. It’s got a slight edge in the camera department thanks to a ToF sensor and a telephoto lens capable of smooth transitioning from 3.5x to 5.2x zoom. Sony’s more powerful device comes with 12GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage.

See also: Sony Xperia 1 IV buyer’s guide

On the slightly more affordable side, the Xperia 5 III boasts a 6.1-inch Full HD display. It kicks off with 8GB of RAM and packs up to 256GB of storage. The Xperia 5 IV gets an upgrade to Gorilla Glass Victus, which means it matches the more premium model.

Sony Xperia 1 IV specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, 4K
  • SoC: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP + 0.3MP ToF
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 13

Sony Xperia 5 IV specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 13

3. ASUS ROG Phone 6 Pro

ASUS Rog Phone 6 Pro X Mode homescreen on shelf
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Now in its fifth generation, the notch-less ASUS ROG Phone 6 Pro is the king among gaming devices. It comes with high-end specs, a large battery, and a 6.78-inch 165Hz AMOLED display. It also sports an attention-grabbing design with a customizable 2-inch OLED panel on the back.

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The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset and comes with 18GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. This time around, ASUS has a wide range of accessories to keep you in the game for longer. One of your best bets is the AeroActive Cooler 6, which offers extra cooling power with a distinctly gamer-focused aesthetic.

ASUS took a step back with the selfie camera, dropping to 12MP. However, it’s still plenty sharp for capturing in-game selfies and streaming your mobile sessions to Twitch. ASUS tapped a 6,000mAh battery to power this beast, so you shouldn’t have to worry about a charger very often.

ASUS ROG Phone 6 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.78-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1
  • RAM: 18GB
  • Storage: 512GB
  • Cameras: 50, 13, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 6,000mAh
  • Software: Android 12

4. ASUS Zenfone 8 Flip

ASUS Zenfone 8 Flip 10
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The ASUS Zenfone 8 Flip happens when a company packs as much as it can into a smartphone without making it a flagship. The highlight feature of the handset is the motorized flip camera system, which houses the 64MP wide, 8MP telephoto, and 12MP ultrawide sensors. 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 offer a brilliant 6.67-inch uninterrupted display that powers through your day.

When it comes to the Zenfone 8 Flip, it really is all in a name.

In addition to the cameras, there’s plenty to like about the Zenfone 8 Flip. The phone features a hefty 5,000mAh battery, a speedy Snapdragon 888 processor, and a tough Gorilla Glass 6 display. The Zenfone 8 Flip ships with Android 11 and ZenUI 8 onboard, so you shouldn’t have to worry about any software woes.

Unfortunately, there’s no wireless charging, no headphone jack, and no waterproof rating to speak of. That said, the flipping camera module makes this version of the Zenfone 8 one of the best notch-less cameras around.

ASUS Zenfone 8 Flip specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 8, and 12MP
  • Front cameras: 64, 8, and 12MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

5. Xiaomi Mi Mix 4

Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 official 1
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Xiaomi’s new Mi Mix 4 offers something a little bit different than the other notch-less phones on the list — an under-display selfie camera. That means that instead of a pop-up camera or thicker bezels, the selfie camera is actually hidden right in the display. The pixels surrounding the camera will shut off whenever you need it, allowing you to capture your shot.

Outside of the futuristic selfie camera, the Mi Mix 4 packs a 6.67-inch Full HD Gorilla Glass Victus display. It runs on Qualcomm’s flagship-grade Snapdragon 888 Plus processor with up to 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. Xiaomi chose a 108MP wide camera as the main sensor, with 8MP and 13MP lenses offering additional flexibility.

Perhaps the most ambitious aspect of the Mi Mix 4 is the powerful new charging options. Xiaomi claims that it can handle 120W wired charging, which is good for a full charge of the 4,500mAh battery in just 15 minutes. On the wireless side, the Mi Mix 4 can handle 50W for a full charge in 28 minutes.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888 Plus
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Rear camera: 108, 8, and 13MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 12

6. Lenovo Legion Duel 2

Lenovo Legion Duel 2 notch-less phone
Luke Pollack / Android Authority

Gamers are often fiercely loyal to their favorite brands, and the Legion Duel 2 offers a great alternative to the ASUS ROG Phone 5. It sports a horizontally optimized design, complete with a notch-less display and a pop-up selfie camera. Lenovo’s latest gaming creation is also one cool customer thanks to a pair of fans built right into the center.

See also: Lenovo Legion Duel 2 review

The 6.92-inch Full HD Plus display packs a 144Hz refresh rate, and the Gorilla Glass 5 construction should handle some wear and tear. Perhaps the best gaming feature is the six individual pressure-sensitive zones that give you better control over your games. You can map them out to your perfect specifications, and they work seamlessly with the Snapdragon 888 processor.

Lenovo tapped a dual-cell battery to keep its Legion Duel 2 fired up, and it features a unique charging setup. You can use a single USB-C port for 65W speeds or tap into both USB-C ports for 90W charging.

Lenovo Legion Duel 2 specs:

  • Display: 6.92-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 12/16GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Camera: 64 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 44MP
  • Battery: 5,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

7. nubia REDMAGIC 7

RedMagic 7 front in hand
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The successor to the REDMAGIC 6, the REDMAGIC 7 is nubia’s latest notch-less gaming phone. It’s a unique-looking device that packs quite the punch.

The REDMAGIC 7 features the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, up to 18GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage, and a huge 4,500mAh battery. The phone also sports a 6.8-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution and a 165Hz refresh rate, a 64MP primary camera, and Android 12.

As for gaming features, the REDMAGIC 6 boasts pressure-sensitive zones, a built-in fan, and a headphone jack. Should you drain the huge battery, the 120W wired charging can get you back on the move in no time.

nubia REDMAGIC 7 specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • RAM: 8/12/16GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 64, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 12

8. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4

samsung galaxy z fold 4 home screen open
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Z Fold 4 (unfolded)

The last model on our list of the best notch-less phones is something completely different. Samsung’s fourth-generation foldable phone technically has a punch hole selfie camera on the outside, but we’re here for the camera on the inside.

The unique foldable phone actually offers three different camera options.

At first glance, the outer display of Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4 looks like a familiar device. It offers 6.2 inches of real estate, but the true power lies inside. When you open the phone, you’re immediately treated to a huge 7.6-inch display with an under-display selfie shooter. It offers a 4MP resolution, and it’s sure to turn some heads.

Outside of the various cameras, Samsung added Gorilla Glass Victus everywhere it could for extra durability. It boasts an IPX8 rating for water resistance, and the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 lies at the heart of the operation. Samsung’s 4,400mAh battery may not be the largest on the list, but the $1,799 starting price is far and away the highest.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 specs:

  • Display: Cover: 6.2-inch, Folding: 7.6-inch
  • SoC: Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB/1TB
  • Cameras: 50, 10, and 12MP
  • Front camera: Cover: 10MP, Under-display: 4MP
  • Battery: 4,400mAh
  • Software: Android 13