2018 was the year of notches on displays, screens with infinite edges, face IDs, and dual cameras. However, nothing compares to what seems to be coming next year! From foldable phones to 5G technology, here are some of the most anticipated trends we can expect to see on smartphones in 2019:
Samsung has already announced its first foldable phone for 2019 but has revealed very little of how it’s going to work. However, a new patent seems to give us an idea of how the new smartphone operates.
As described on the patent, the phone uses two screens side-by-side that, when the phone is open, seem to be just one screen. This new phone, the Galaxy F, has a user interface will have the most relevant data on the left side so that the right side is used to play videos and such.
The Galaxy F also features a third display that can be used when the phone is closed, where all content is visible with no issues.
Samsung may be ahead in this race, but Apple and Google have also filed patents for foldable phones, an indication that this is a trend to watch in this next era of smartphones.
Perfecting Privacy and Security Settings
Some of the most significant features presented in smartphones over the last few years are related to user safety. Biometrics including iris scanners are examples of simple, and theoretically, safer ways of protecting the user’s data. However, these features will take an extra step in 2019.
The touch ID button is not a new thing, but it’s evolving with in-screen fingerprint scanner. This solution will take less internal space and it will allow lighter, thinner phones on the market.
The race is still on and more exciting than ever! You can already test 5G connection in some places in the US and South Korea, for example, but the expectation is that it will be commercially available throughout 2019 in multiple locations.
Huawei, for example, has already announced the launching of its first smartphone compatible with 5G connection for June 2019. The promise is that the speed will be up to 50 times faster than the 4G connection.
In the US, carriers like AT&T have already started to deploy 5G technology in late 2018 and are heavily invested in further developing the technology next year. Verizon already offers 5G in some US states, and Sprint plans to provide mobile 5G to several US cities in the first half of 2019.
Although 2020 is expected to be the year of mainstream 5G connection, we can expect to see many 5G-ready smartphones in 2019.
Just as it happens with anything involving technology, innovation in the mobile phone industry moves rapidly, and we can certainly expect to see many many more exciting trends coming our way. One thing is for sure: the mobile industry will keep growing, and with that, the repair industry as well. Ready for a busy 2019?