When Apple debuted its iPhone X last year, it was both mocked and admired for its interesting design. The display, while undoubtedly beautiful, is obscured by a distinctive ‘notch’ which houses a front-facing camera, the foundation of the iPhone X’s much touted Face ID facial recognition system.
But that notch has been the source of much discussion. So let’s talk about that notch. Naysayers bemoan the way it obscures often vital information like battery percentage from the status bar. Others praised the bravery of creating a handset distinct from a sea of Android-based pretenders from well-known brands like LG and Asus to little-known budget manufacturers like Oukitel, Ulephone, and Leagoo.
What is clear however, is that Apple continues to be imitated and this was no less the case at the recently concluded Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona – the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry.
Here I AM previewING two of the most exciting ‘iPhone X-clones’ revealed at MWC.
The Asus ZenFone 5Z is the Taiwanese manufacturer’s latest effort at making a dent in the high-end smartphone market. The device, priced at $499, is packed with specs worthy of a flagship; the latest Snapdragon 845 chipset, an Adreno 630 GPU, a large 6.2-inch Full HD+ display boasting a 19:9 aspect ratio, dual cameras, 6 GB RAM, 64 GB of internal storage, dual-SIM, and a hefty 3,300 mAh battery.
Meanwhile, a cheaper alternative is Ulefone’s T2 Pro. Powered by MediaTek’s Helio P70 SoC, an upcoming mid/high-end SoC from MediaTek, it will be the first device utilising the chipset. It sports a huge and immersive 6.7-inch display with rounded corners and is likely to feature an in-display fingerprint sensor as well as a facial recognition system and an iPhone X-like notch.