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Nokia 6.1 Plus’ August security patch makes the notch compulsory

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Sep 4, 2018, 11:45 am IST
Updated Sep 4, 2018, 11:45 am IST
The latest August security patch removes the option of hiding the notch with software trickery.
Nokia hasn’t mentioned as to why this feature was removed.
 Nokia hasn’t mentioned as to why this feature was removed.

The Nokia 6.1 Plus has been one of the most anticipated budget smartphones in the recent times, with reports of the handset going out of stock in the first few minutes of its sale. At a price of Rs 15,999, the 6.1 Plus offers a highly capable chipset, amodern notch display, a premium glass body and a stock Android One OS.Nokia is also known for delivering the latest updates faster than rivals. The 6.1 Plus has already received the August security patch, but it brings along an issue with it.

It’s known that the notch display design still draws mixed reactions — some like it whereas others prefer to hide it. Nokia, like other manufacturers, offered an option to hide the notch via software trickery while launching the phone in India. Users could simply dig into the settings and choose to turn off the notch, which would essentially blacken out the strips around the notch, but retain the status bar elements. The latest security patch has removed that option from the settings, thus forcing users to stick to the ‘notched display’ mode.

 

While it’s not much of an issue, considering the design is now considered as trendy in the world of smartphones, removing the option to hide it isn’t going to appease those who prefer a more symmetrical design. Nokia hasn’t mentioned as to why this feature was removed, but there could be a possibility that the update could be leading to a snag with the ‘no-notch’ mode. This could also explain the reason why Nokia delivered the August security patch in September, possibly working around the issue to secure the first bath of devices from vulnerabilities.

If you own a Nokia 6.1 Plus and preferred a hidden notch, keep checking out for an update, which could possibly bring back the option to hide the notch.

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