In 2018, the choice of smartphones was as huge as ever. Electronics makers indulged us. Everything they offered was truly upscale. Mobile technologies have evolved so much that most smartphones are equal in functionality. The best mobile phones of 2018 combined amazing photo capabilities and great design. The development of hardware has slowed down, and software chips have appeared among the favorite characteristics.
The issue of performance is no longer so acute: after all, devices costing 100,000 cope with the tasks assigned to them exactly as those costing 50 or even 70% cheaper. The gap between the best state employees and flagships continues to narrow. The year in which fashion asked "bangs", ended. The next 12 months will be influenced by new trends.
- Дисплеи с отверстиями 1 Display with holes
- Больше объективов и больше мегапикселей 2 More lenses and more megapixels
- Ускоренная зарядка 3 Accelerated charging
- Разблокировка по лицу 4 Face unlock
- 5G (не для всех) 5 5G (not for everyone)
- Время гибких смартфонов еще не настало 6 The time for flexible smartphones has not yet come
The war for framelessness continues. This poses a difficult task for manufacturers - to figure out where and how to place the front camera. The Chinese engineers solved the problem by hooking the front-end to the retractable mechanism ( Vivo Nex S and Oppo Find X), but this solution is unlikely to take root. Most likely, until there is a way to place the camera directly below the display, it will remove some of the functional space from the screen - in the form of a cutout or a hole.
One of the most anticipated trends suggests that in order to increase the usable screen area, the front camera will be in the display itself. It will look like a small round hole. Mobile phones with this design are going to be released by Samsung , Huawei and Honor , and during 2019 other manufacturers will probably follow their example.
Any solution that can save us from the "monobowl" is worth attention. However, a beautiful, sonorous name for a new design yet. "Leaky display" and "a hole in the screen" (this is how they most often respond to it) - all this sounds, to put it mildly, not very.
More lenses and more megapixels
People's interest in mobile photography is growing rapidly. At the same time, the race for a powerful iron, in a sense, has come to naught, and the best cameraphones prove that software does the main miracles. Despite this, many manufacturers chose to go the other way - to install additional and more advanced lenses.
Xiaomi has already announced a decision to launch a smartphone with a 48 MP camera in 2019. It is assumed that he will become the new leader of mobile shooting, overtaking 40 MP Huawei Mate 20 Pro and P20 Pro, as well as the current leader in the number of megapixels Nokia Lumia 1020, which is 41 MP sensor.
Somewhat dissatisfied with the fact that there are only 5 lenses in the V40 ThinQ, LG patented a system of 16 sensors. When this product will appear on the market and in what form is still unknown, but one thing is clear - in 2019 manufacturers will continue to measure the number of lenses.
Battery technology deadlocked. For the sake of thin cases and large displays, manufacturers flatly refuse good batteries. The only thing that is steadily improving in mobile batteries is the time they are charged. The Huawei, Oppo, OnePlus and Meizu appliances charge very quickly - in just an hour and a half. As for the two main technogiants, they are far behind the Chinese in this issue.
The latest iPhones charge from 0 to 50% in half an hour, but this is only possible when using a special adapter (it does not come bundled with a smartphone). With him, a full charge of the flagship will take about 2 hours, and without it through a standard charger - 3.5.
Remembering the experiments with the Galaxy Note 7 battery design, Samsung lowered the charging speed of its mobile phones. The company now uses Adaptive Fast Charging technology, which complies with the Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 standard.
In 2019, Qualcomm intends to introduce a triple current charging system. It will increase the power of wired chargers up to 32 watts, wireless - up to 15 watts. To these figures represent at least some sense for the average user, we recall that the standard iPhone charger has a capacity of only 5 watts. It should be noted that the introduction of the existing Quick Charge 4+ system is rather slow: many manufacturers, for example, Google, prefer USB-PD, others are developing their own charging technology.
Despite the fact that there are a lot of fast charging standards, all of them will reach a new stage in development in 2019. It is hoped that Samsung and Apple, too, will not stand still.
Face identification has been around for a long time, but it has become a trend in the mobile industry thanks to the efforts of Apple. We hope that other manufacturers will follow the example of the Cupertini and will work to make their FaceID counterparts faster, more reliably, more safely and in the future to use this technology to confirm payments.
Now the majority of mobile phones are equipped with a good old fingerprint scanner, and most often it is located on the back panel. This is not an ideal design decision, since it has its drawbacks: you need to take it in hand to unlock such a smartphone. In 2018, the first intra-screen fingerprint scanners appeared, but the experience they gave is also far from ideal. However, in the near future, intrascreen ultrasonic sensors can become much faster. All hope for the Snapdragon 855 is Qualcomm's next flagship chip, which should significantly improve the experience of using ultrasound scanners.
Face authentication is the easiest way to unlock a smartphone, and it's already quite reliable. Two facts speak in favor of this. First, in 2018, many users abandoned the fingerprint scanner in favor of facial authentication. And secondly, Google made a deal with Huawei to use the Face Unlock system to confirm operations on Google Play.
5G (not for everyone)
With the fact that the use of networks of the fifth generation will become a trend in 2019, we can argue. 5G will be, only a few will get access to it, since at first only certain areas of some cities will enter its coverage area. Communication of the new generation promises to transfer data at an incredible speed, in the coming months the first 5G smartphones will appear, but in practice there will be little use for this. It will take years before the new technology spreads around the world.
And yet it is worth noting that some lucky people will be lucky to experience a new data transfer speed in action. Owners of the first Snapdragon 855 smartphones with 5G support will notice quality improvements in LTE and 4G communications. This pleasure will be expensive: Snapdragon 855 is expected in flagship smartphones, and at first mobile operators will charge a lot of money for 5G services.
The time for flexible smartphones has not yet come
Yes, Samsung, Huawei, Oppo, LG and some other OEMs are actively working on flexible screens, the Chinese from Royole have already introduced a commercial Flexpai smartphone with a folding display. Changes are coming, but flexible mobile phones of the first wave will be clumsy, buggy and unrealistically expensive. Before folding smartphones become fashionable and can be attributed to trend products, manufacturers and designers will have to work hard on them.