Flexible smartphones, devices with even less frame around the screen. Fingerprint sensor under the screen glass and the end of the notch? What you should expect in 2019 with new smartphone models.
The smartphone year is coming to an end. It featured trends such as the controversial Notch with narrow edges around the screen, triple cameras and AI capabilities. The smartphone may not be completely reinvented in 2019. But there may be some new developments that may revive the stagnant market.
2019: The first smartphones come with 5G modem
5G has been the big buzzword for months – next year we can count on the first 5G smartphones. Both Samsung – rumored Beyond X will be the first model with the data turbo. But also Huawei, Motorola and LG have their own plans. Huawei and LG want to unveil the MWC at the end of February first models. Samsung could also pull along, being rumored that the South Koreans would deliver later.
The new, ultra-fast wireless standard could dramatically change the way smartphone is used. Because instead of downloading data, you could access content directly from the cloud with fast data rates and low latency. It will take a while until 5G will be available in Germany. Finally, in early 2019, the corresponding frequencies will be auctioned. With a nationwide expansion of the 5G network we can not expect.
Foldables: 2019 will be the year of flexible and foldable smartphones
Faster than 5G, we will be getting hold of foldables in Germany – foldable smartphones with flexible displays. In addition to Samsung, Huawei 2019 will present such a product. Also of LG and Motorola is to be expected with smartphones of the new equipment category.
Samsung wants to equip its Galaxy F with two displays. It will have a small 4.6-inch exterior and a larger 7-inch display on the inside. Which can be used to either work productively or to consume content. Huawei’s plans envisage something similar. A smartphone with a fold-out display would replace a computer, the company said.
So that no software-side wild growth arises, Google is from the beginning of the foldables there. An Android update will provide support for foldable devices. For example, to be able to seamlessly continue content between displays of the device.
Smartphones 2019: More display, less frame and notch
The first smartphone models with a hole in the display for the front camera have already been announced. That includes the Honor 10 Lite, Huawei’s Nova 4 and Samsung’s Galaxy A8s. With this solution, manufacturers can screw the display-to-case ratio beyond 90 percent higher. The display of the appearing in January Honor View 20 should bring it to almost 100 percent.
Samsung’s A8s should provide a taste of the Samsung Galaxy S10 and other future models. With the shape of the camera hole could differ. So it could either be even smaller or even oval, to accommodate two front cameras.
However, we do not expect a complete departure from the Notch in 2019. Since devices with a 3D face scanner for biometric authentication in particular require a variety of sensors. Those sensors can not yet be accommodated in a small display hole.
Smartphones 2019: More devices with fingerprint sensors in the display
In addition to the 3D face recognition à la Face ID, the in-display fingerprint sensor is likely to spread further. Huawei’s top model Mate 20 Pro and the Oneplus 6T already have such a solution on board. But it could work even more reliably. That’s what Qualcomm 2019 will change. After all, the company has finally completed its 3D Sonic sensor after years of development. The oneplus and Huawei solutions that rely on an optical sensor. On the other hand the chip specialist’s fingerprint sensor is based on ultrasound.
The technology is more reliable and secure. Which manufacturer will install the technology first, remains to be seen.
Cameras with more lenses and up to 10x zoom
One of the most competitive smartphone features is the camera. Manufacturers of high-end devices are trying to outdo each other with new features and ever-improving picture quality. Currently, Huawei has the edge in this respect. The Mate-20 series has three cameras including a wide-angle lens installed to cover the widest possible range of use. According to Huawei’s European boss Walter Ji, in 2019 we could expect four lenses. On the back and up to ten times the zoom without any loss of quality. One of the first models with this feature could be the P30 Pro. Which will probably be unveiled at the MWC 2019 in Barcelona in late February.
AI on the smartphone
In addition, manufacturers will continue to work on extending the on-smartphone AI capabilities. Among other things, KI or machine learning will improve the camera, but also can be used in other areas. For example, KI could further improve the performance and runtime of smartphones and better adapt to the user through learning processes, thus becoming a true digital companion / assistant.
Smartphone Trends 2019: What else?
It is considered set in terms of equipment on many devices Qualcomm’s new top-chip Snapdragon 855 will be installed. In the Galaxy S10 (Plus) Samsung will use its Exynos 9820 and Huawei – at least in the first half of the year – its high-end processor Kirin 980, which, for example, already in the Mate 20 Pro performs its services. It also suggests that more memory might become standard on smartphones – but we doubt that it will settle down in 2019 beyond the ten gigabytes. Although the Oneplus 6T Mclaren Edition comes with ten gigabytes of RM and Lenovo’s over-smartphone Z5 Pro GT even with twelve gigabytes, but these may well be marketing-side outliers.
In terms of pricing, the high-end segment will continue to stick to devices in the 1,000-euro range. Apart from more expensive components and higher development costs, manufacturers hope for higher margins to offset declining sales.