This was bad General on the smartphone. For the first time, its unstoppable growth began to appear slow.
Things started in September, when Gartner recorded its first decline year-round since it began tracking this category. Not even the mighty a Apple It was safe Of the direction. Last week, stocks achieved success, as influential analyst Ming-Chi Ku cut sales forecasts for 2019.
People do not simply upgrade as fast as they are used to. This is partly due to the fact that the main phones are very good in all areas. The manufacturers have painted themselves in a corner because they have struggled with the specifications. There are not many compelling reasons to constantly upgrade.
Of course, this will not stop them from trying. Along with standard upgrades for things like cameras, you can expect some radical rethinking of the smartphone's shape factors, along with the first few to 5G in the next calendar year.
If we are lucky, there will be some surprises along the way as well, but the following trends look like they are not thinking in 2019.
Let's make this off the road, right? It is somewhat difficult – after all, a large number of publications in 2019 will be called "Year 5G", but They all jump on the gun. It is true that we will see the first wave of 5G devices coming up next year.
Others, most notably Apple, are absent from the list. The company is not expected to launch the 5G phone until 2020. While this will put it behind the curve, the fact is that 5G will reach this world as a marketing fraud. When fully launched, the 5G has the potential to be a great technology for changing games for smartphones and beyond. While airlines have promised to launch technology in the US early next year (even as AT & T started), the fact is that your mobile device is likely to spend much longer using 4G.
In other words, for 5G to become more prevalent everywhere, you'll pay a big premium for a feature you rarely use. Of course, this will not stop hardware manufacturers, component manufacturers and airline partners from rushing these devices to the market as soon as possible. All you need to do is check the coverage map of your selected carrier before setting this extra amount.
We've already seen two – well, one and a half, really. You can be sure that we will see more as smart phone manufacturers scramble to discover the next big thing. After years of waiting, we were not optimistic about the folding smartphone we had seen so far.
The Royole Great, but its implementation leaves something desirable. Samsung modelIn the meantime, this only. The company made it the focus of its recent developers' conference, but it did not really come out of the shadows with the product – almost certainly because it is not ready to display the entire product.
Now that long-promised technology is ready as a consumer, it is a safe bet that we will see a number of companies exploring the form factor. This will undoubtedly help to that fact The Google Partnering with Samsung to create a version of Android specifically designed for the form factor – like embracing the top slot through Masculine appearance Pie.
Of course, like these 5G, these designs will come in great premium. Once you get rid of the initial novelty, the most difficult task is to convince consumers who need one in their lives.
You must be damned. For better or worse, the crack was the mainstay of the major smartphones. Everyone has practically adopted (except for Samsung) the cutting process in an attempt to reach the edge. Google even made it part of Android (giving the world a degree to see from space using Pixel 3 XL).
We've already seen (and will continue to see) a number of smart solutions like the pop-ups in Oppo. The hole / hole hole design on the Huawei Nova 4 seems to be a more logical way for most camera manufacturers.
Compact Fingerprint Readers
The other side of the race to the endless offerings is what to do with fingerprint reader. Some moved it to the rear, while others, like Apple, away with it in favor of wiping the face. Of course, for those unable to fully record the 3D face scan, this technique is easy to counterfeit. For this reason, fingerprint scanning devices will not disappear any time soon.
OnePlus' 6T It was among the first to bring a fingerprint projector inside the display to the market, and works like a charm. Here's how the technique works (citing my writing process a few months ago):
When the screen is locked, the fingerprint icon appears, showing you where to press. When the finger is in the right place, the AMOLED screen flashes bright light to capture the surface scanning of reflected light. The company says it takes about a third of a second, although this number in my test was approaching one second or sometimes longer because I negotiated my thumb in the right place.
Samsung S10 is expected to bring the technology up to the February time frame, and I will not be surprised to see many other manufacturers follow.
Cameras, cameras, cameras (also, cameras)
What is the limit for rear cameras? Two? three? What about the five cameras on it leaked out Nokia From a few months back? When does the phone stop and start to appear in front of the camera? These are the types of existential crises that we will face as manufacturers continue to try to differentiate by imagining.
Smart phone cameras are very good these days, so a simple solution is simply adding more to the equation. Latest LG Offers Is a very reasonable example of how this will lead to many. The V40 ThinQ has two front cameras and three rear cameras. The three background backgrounds are standard wide-angle optical zoom and 2x optical zoom, providing a way to capture different types of images when the smartphone's camera is not actually capable of this type of optical zoom in a high-resolution form factor.
On the other hand, companies will also invest a fair deal in software to help bring better footage of existing components. Both Apple and Google have shown how little AI and ML can go a long way towards improving the capture of images on their latest phones. Expect to have so much focus on light and oversize.