The last few months of 2018 brought in new developments that are making smartphones kind of exciting again. New form factors, AI power ups, amazing camera tricks… 2019 will be a phone renaissance, even if Apple is left out of the party.
Here’s a look at what to expect in 2019.
The new foldable form factor is perhaps the biggest trend to watch in 2019. It’s going to be an invasion. Google is betting on it and every major Android phone manufacturer is pushing for it.
Samsung will put out its Galaxy Fold at Mobile World Congress. Huawei is bringing out its own device that unfolds to 8 inches. Unknown brand Royole has one already. LG will allegedly bring a foldable at MWC. Chinese phone leader Oppo too. And Motorola is reportedly working on a flexible Razr.
Apple is reportedly working on a foldable too, but don’t hold your breath for a foldable iPhone this year — or ever.
Punch-hole front cameras
In their quests to eliminate the notch, Samsung and Huawei seem to be betting the house on displays with laser-drilled holes that let selfie cameras see through.
Samsung has already released the A8S, featuring its Infinity-O display. And its next flagship, the S10 series, will have the same display albeit with a smaller hole. Meanwhile, Huawei has already introduced its Nova 4 phone.
Fingerprint in display
All of the new phones with sliding displays, punched-hole cameras, and dual-screens will come with a fingerprint ID built in the display. While the Vivo Nex S had such a mechanism, it didn’t work reliably enough. This has changed completely in the OnePlus 6T, Oppo Find X, Nubia X, and the rest of the phones with touch ID inside their display. The new phones recognize your fingerprint fast and accurately.
Samsung is rumored to include a new ultra-sonic sensor that will be even faster and more secure, using sound rather than a photographic sensor to create a 3D map of your fingerprints.
Apparently, nobody got the memo from Apple that facial ID is allegedly more secure than fingerprint recognition. Perhaps because it’s an useless claim.
Other manufacturers are betting on sliders to get a completely clean front display, absolutely free of annoying notches or slightly less annoying punch holes.
There’s Oppo — the biggest phone seller in China — with the mechanized Oppo Find X. The Honor Magic 2 is another slider, one that is manual, and so is the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, with its slide-and-click action that feels straight from a 1990s Nokia (and just as satisfyingly good). More
By Jesus Diaz tomsguide.com