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Ready or notch, here it comes

When Apple introduced the iPhone X last September, the phone flaunted a hard-to-ignore black notch running across the top of its screen. It wasn't the first to sport this look -- those honors would go to the Essential Phone, which debuted in May 2017. 

But after the iPhone X's launch, a handful of other Androids followed suit and more will likely join given the Android P update. Take a look at those that are jumping on this trend.

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Apple iPhone X

The iPhone X's notch houses the phone's front-facing 7-megapixel camera, various sensors and a "TrueDepth" sensor that is really made up of three things: an infrared camera, a dot projector and a flood illuminator. Together they make the iPhone X's FaceID unlocking feature work.

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Announced last week, LG's marquee G7 phone has a notch, exactly like its rumors predicted. But if you're not a huge fan of it, don't fret. You can black out the bars on each side of the notch for a more traditional look, or choose a not-so-subtle psychedelic rainbow pattern.

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The Essential Phone

With just an itty bitty tab carved out for its front-facing camera, the Essential Phone was one of the first phones to incorporate the notch. That's because it wanted to push its bezel-less design to the fullest. Too bad, however, that its battery life and camera are only so-so.

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OnePlus 6

Though the OnePlus 6 hasn't officially been unveiled yet, the company already confirmed that its upcoming flagship phone will have a notch. The company's co-founder Carl Pei said that this cut-out enabled OnePlus to move the phone's display and notification bar further, giving the phone a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio.

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Huawei P20 and P20 Pro

By default, the P20 (right) and P20 Pro (left) come with a notch on the display. But if you don't like the look, you can turn it off in the Settings menu.

If you're in the US and are interested in buying the phones, good luck. In February, the heads of the FBI, CIA and NSA all expressed security concerns over the company's phones. Since then, AT&T and Verizon reportedly torpedoed plans to carry Huawei's Mate 10 Pro and Best Buy dumped Huawei as a customer

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Asus ZenFone 5

There's a lot of reasons why the ZenFone 5 looks similar to the iPhone X, but the screen's notch is just the cherry on top. Its price, however, will be cheaper, and the phone features a 6.2-inch display, a Snapdragon 636 processor, and two rear cameras.

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Android P hints at more notches

As we mentioned before, Google's Android P update tells us that the notch trend is only beginning. The developer's preview recently rolled out, and it allows developers to simulate differently-sized cut-outs in the display.

Stay tuned as more Android phones are expected to take this direction. And for more info, read CNET's full coverage of  May's Google I/O 2018 event.

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Video: 6 phones jumping on the notch trend

Here are some notable phones that have notches.

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