This article originally appeared on ABACUS The “water droplet” notch is catching on. Photos circulating on Chinese social media show what’s believed to be the upcoming Vivo X23, featuring a tiny curved notch that’s shaped somewhat like a drop of water -- hence its nickname in China. But the appearance of the notch would seem to contradict earlier leaks , which suggested the phone will feature 3D facial recognition. That typically requires more than one camera: The iPhone X’s notch contains a selfie camera, an infrared camera, a projector and much more -- elements that simply wouldn’t fit in Vivo’s tiny notch. Still, that’s not stopping the new notch from catching on: It can also be found on Oppo’s new F9 and R17 . Oppo and Vivo are, of course, sister companies -- which along with OnePlus, are all under BBK Electronics. New designs on Oppo and Vivo handsets are often signs of what’s to come on the next OnePlus device. The iPhone X wasn’t the first phone with a notch. The trend can be traced back to last year’s Essential Phone . Its sleek rounded notch actually came a few months before the iPhone X launched with a much larger notch that initially drew ridicule. While the iPhone X has inspired an army of Android copycats with nearly identical notches, most failed to copy two essential elements of the design: 3D facial recognition, and the lack of a “chin” -- the thick bottom bezel. But Vivo and Oppo have both tried to break away from having a notch. The Vivo Nex and Oppo Find X got rid of it altogether, introducing a pop-up camera that hides inside the bezel. Someone added a clear back to Vivo’s pop-up camera phone and it looks awesome For more insights into China tech, sign up for our tech newsletters , subscribe to our Inside China Tech podcast , and download the comprehensive 2019 China Internet Report . Also roam China Tech City , an award-winning interactive digital map at our sister site Abacus .