Having a top-notch is one of the top trends this year, popularised by the Apple iPhone X last year. This was followed by top smartphone manufacturers like ASUS and OPPO launching their smartphones with top-notch. The Chinese smartphone manufacturer ZTE has given us a glimpse (via ifworlddesignguide) of the future of notched smartphones. A ZTE smartphone containing two notches has made its way to the World Design Guide as an entry to win a design award. Suppose World Design was set up by the Germans, who are known for their taste in exceptional industrial design in aesthetics, ergonomics, and efficiency. The smartphone was entered under the name “Iceberg,” where it won an award under the “Product” discipline.
When everyone is debating whether having a notch is just a functional design or an aesthetic flaw, the company has added one more to the below. Nature loves symmetries, and maybe ZTE is following that. The company even managed to include a speaker in each notch. Perhaps ZTE should be focused on making an all-display with no notches or bezels.
The chassis feels like a piece of ice where it “holds” the smartphone and hence its name. This is a new, innovative design rather than the smartphone, with a metal chassis holding the front and rear glass panels. The four corners are transparent and reveal the perfection of the glass body. It is beautiful and weird at the same time. The smartphone will also support wireless charging.
According to the design entry, the smartphone is scheduled to launch “after 2017,” which means the device may be launched in Q2 2018. The phone will likely target the Asian, European, and North American markets. There is no information about the device’s specs, but we will let you know if anything comes out.