Love it or hate it, the display notch is something that we can’t really avoid. However, smartphone makers have been enabling software-based methods to hide the notch, in case users would prefer it to be hidden. This doesn’t make the notch go away, but rather turns the area to either side of the notch go black, and has the interface run on the area below the notch. However, Nokia recently invited a bit of backlash when it issued a software update that took away the ability to ‘hide’ the notch on the Nokia 6.1 Plus.
HMD Global’s Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas has now taken to Twitter to clarify that the company will be bringing back the ability to hide the notch through a software update for the Nokia 6.1 Plus, thereby declaring an end to the ‘notch-gate’ drama that took place earlier this month. He clarified that the setting to black out the notch will be coming back.
Just to close the "notch gate", we will enable setting to black out notch on the Nokia 6.1 Plus.
Have a great & relaxing weekend everyone! 🏖️ #nokiamobile
— Juho Sarvikas (@sarvikas) September 7, 2018
The Nokia 6.1 Plus was launched on August 21 in India, and is priced at Rs 15,999 for the single variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The phone is the Indian edition of the Nokia X6, which was launched in China earlier. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, and features a 5.8-inch full-HD+ notched screen, with a 19:9 aspect ratio.
As the company’s first notched phone in India, it initially came with a setting to black out the notch. However, a subsequent software update disabled this function. With this confirmation, Nokia 6.1 Plus users can expect another software update soon which will bring back the feature.