The ideal smartphone of 2019 will have a completely frameless screen, support for 5G network, and many cameras with 3D technology. Maybe even flexible smartphones will appear.
Perhaps it's still a little too early to talk about the affairs of 2019, since a lot of interesting devices will be presented this year. On the other hand, there are only a few months left to wait, and this year there were no special innovations and advanced ideas in smartphones.
Innovation in everything
There is a huge wave of smartphones with cutouts on screens, diagonals of almost all from 6 inches, smartphones have become long and narrow. Among the few interesting developments, we can recall the triple camera Huawei 20 Pro and the variable aperture on Samsung devices. Probably, even three new iPhone models in the near future will not be able to change the impression of this year. No cutting-edge novelties are expected there. Once again, developers will try to make larger smartphones, more powerful, trying to use quantity instead of quality.
The sleeping giant in the face of Samsung may wake up next year. Everyone is waiting for the first commercial flexible smartphones. In addition, the Galaxy S10 anniversary devices will be released, where the company should show its skills. A number of new functionalities and technologies are expected. Let's see what it might be.
7 + 5
You can assume that the processors of modern mobile devices are already powerful enough, but no one is going to stop there. Soon we are expecting the appearance of chips based on the 7 nm process technology. This September, this trend should be launched by iPhones based on A12 processors. Huawei will follow them with the Mate 20 devices powered by the Kirin 980 processor. The latter has already been announced at IFA 2018 in Berlin. Also, processors for smartphones are produced by Qualcomm, Samsung and MediaTek. They can also expect a transition to the 7 nm process technology. Increased productivity and further reductions in energy consumption await us.
In addition, the proliferation of 5G networks is gradually starting. In the United States and other advanced countries, they may start operating in the first quarter of next year. Smartphones are needed for them, and similar flagships may appear in the second half of 2019. High speeds, low latencies, excellent battery life - all this can bring future processors.
Under-screen fingerprint scanner
Smartphones with such scanners are already on sale, next year their mass may exceed the critical one and every manufacturer will start offering a similar solution. Delivery of 100 million of such devices is expected, and not only in the upper price category. An in-screen scanner will allow you to continue reducing the borders around the screen. Space will be made for other components on the back of the chassis. Hopefully, the accuracy and speed of these scanners will also improve.
There are optical fingerprint scanners, but ultrasonic ones are of better quality. The second generation of Qualcomm ultrasound scanners should be included in the Samsung Galaxy S10. For the first time they will appear on smartphones of this scale So far, such scanners are available on a few devices from Chinese manufacturers. For example, this is the Vivo Nex with a pop-up front camera. It uses an optical scanner from the Chinese company Gudix.
Qualcomm's scanner will be able to accurately read a fingerprint through glass up to 800 microns thick, up from 300 microns in previous generations of scanners. In addition, the ultrasound scanner will appear in the Huawei Mate 20 Pro devices this fall. The company managed to conclude an exclusive licensing agreement with Qualcomm by the end of February. That's when the Galaxy S10 is expected to be released.
3D triple cameras with augmented reality
There are a lot of rumors that expensive Samsung and Apple smartphones will get triple rear cameras. There may be 3D scanning components needed for augmented reality and gesture recognition. On the Huawei P20 Pro, the triple camera is used simply for photographing and shooting videos.
There have been rumors that Apple is working on augmented reality for future iPhones and even individual products. The fruits of these efforts may appear as early as 2019 on the iPhone. The company is trying to offer a new interface for gesture-based navigation and 3D cameras. There is already a smartphone with a three-dimensional rear camera, this is the Oppo R17 Pro device. It has gesture navigation and augmented reality.
Apple is allegedly also trying to implement multi-finger gestures by increasing sensitivity and a capacitive sensor from 30 mm to 50 mm. Together with a 3D rear camera, this can result in virtual objects being scanned with the ToF sensor and manipulated without touching the screen. You will need to look at the implementation layer to see the benefits of this.
Flexible smartphones and bezelless screens
Samsung is at the forefront of developing flexible OLED screens. Innovations are rare in the mobile market, so the demand for them is growing and flexible smartphones can be a revolutionary product. Perhaps Samsung will announce its devices at CES in January. There is a chance that the flexible smartphone will be able to unfold into a 7-inch tablet. The fold will allow you to put it in your pocket and carry it with you. It will be a premium device in terms of processor and cameras, but it will probably cost at least twice the price of traditional devices. Companies like Xiaomi or Huawei are also developing similar devices.
The Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines of smartphones will remain independent from each other, but the developers from Samsung have promised three premium devices. Samsung has overcome the last barriers to quality and durability, so the screen and accompanying electronics must be good enough to hit the shelves.
Needless to say, reviewers and enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting such an innovative device. It could be the start of a new arms race among smartphone manufacturers, or it could be a costly failure. Either way, the mobile market will get more vibrant after Samsung's announcement. Asian manufacturers, who have swooped down on iPhone X-style cutouts designs like bees on honey, are starting to shrink that cutout to a drop shape. Some ditch the cutouts altogether, offering an unadulterated look to the front of the case. The sensors and the camera are hidden inside the device and slide out with a slide. So far there are only a couple of such smartphones.
Thus, 2019 should be a very interesting year. A year of unusual designs, increased productivity and incredibly fast communication.
The Topic of Article: What trends will be on the smartphone market in 2019.