The world of smartphones changes at a very rapid pace – the smartphones released last year look outdated today when compared with latest offerings available in the market. So how can we stay ahead of the curve? By knowing which major smartphone features are under development and about to be launched in 2018-19.
If we are aware of these technologies, we can delay our purchases at the time of new flagship smartphone launches to ensure that the money we spend is spent well and we get a device with features as latest as possible. So let’s take a look on 7 new smartphone features that are likely to shape the future of smartphone industry in 2018-2019:
Smartphones Future in 2018 & 2019
#1. VR and AR
While both virtual reality and augmented reality are still in their infancy and far from going mainstream, things may change with Apple iPhone 8 and upcoming Android smartphones that are betting big on both these technologies. Apple just released the Developer tools to help developer community come out with powerful VR and AR apps, and the company is also expected to include lasers and other VR/AR focused hardware in iPhone 8.
If company’s hardware-software experiment in these new technologies goes well, we may see more smartphones coming with such hardware and software in 2018, and both technologies getting matured enough in 2019.
#2. Bezel-less Displays
The current war on bezels is only going to be intensified in next two years. The speed with which smartphone makers are getting rid of bezels it seems that the day is not too far when we’ll be blessed with truly bezel-less smartphones.
And by the time it happens, the bezels of mid-range smartphones may also get narrower, making the narrow-bezel design mainstream and truly bezel-less design available in high-end flagships.
#3. Optical Fingerprint Sensors
Touch-screen embedded fingerprint sensors are awaited from quite some time now, but no one has been able to crack the tough nut. However, hopes are high for Apple’s iPhone 8 – despite all the problems in implementing this technology there’s still the possibility that Apple may somehow figure out how to implement this thing in its iPhone.
Samsung Galaxy S9 is another smartphone which can come with this great feature. After recent demonstration of Qualcomm’s new optical fingerprint sensors that can be embedded in displays the possibility of this technology becoming mainstream has increased significantly.
#4. Iris Scanners
Okay, this is no new technology that will be unveiled in 2018 or 2019, but it’s likely to become far more accurate and usable in next two years. Samsung might’ve become the first smartphone maker by including iris scanners in Galaxy S8, but its sensors were far from accurate.
Apple is also expected to include iris scanner in iPhone 8, so it’s expected that it can learn from Samsung’s mistakes and implement the sensors in a way that’s more accurate and reliable. In next two years the technology should be developed and matured enough to be applied in real life security applications.
#5. Bendable Smartphones
Coming to some technologies that’re more likely to be revealed in 2019, the bendable smartphones are a possibility. With development of bendable-screen technologies (i.e. Samsung’s YOUM flexible OLED), folding printed circuit boards (FPCBs) and flexible batteries it’s quite possible that we may get a foldable (or at least twistable/bendable) smartphone in 2019.
In fact, one such device has already been developed by Lenovo called Lenovo Folio, which is a smartphone-tablet hybrid that can be folded to convert it into a smartphone and unfolded to convert it into a tablet. Besides that some companies are also planning features that can be activated by twisting/folding these bendable smartphones in a certain way. For example, Apple’s iDevice Flex patents show a smartphone device that can be turned on or off by twisting it in certain ways.
Plus, your smartphone won’t break easily if it becomes flexible.
#6. Much Longer Battery Life
Many high-end smartphones still offer great battery life, but with development of hydrogen cells and lithium-ion microbatteries in 2018 and 2019 we may get smartphones that’ll be capable of offering “true all day battery life” – that means batteries which will last for entire day, no matter how much we use them.
The standby time of such batteries will be in several weeks. These facts are especially true for lithium-ion microbatteries, whose developers at University of Illinois claim that their batteries will be 2,000 times more powerful than current lithium ion batteries. Not only that – these batteries will also take much less time to charge. So by the end of 2019 you won’t be complaining about a dying smartphone battery unless you get trapped on an island with no electricity.
#7. 5G Support
While we’re still living in the 4G era, the work for 5G has already begun. Though the 5G standard is still to be defined properly, the companies have started focusing their R&D efforts in its direction, which means that all pending work will be completed at much faster pace from now.
Some of the biggest companies in mobile telephony are betting big on 5G, including Nokia, Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio and Verizon. So we can safely expect the smartphone makers to also take this thing in consideration and launch some smartphones with 5G support in 2019.
So this was our list of 7 upcoming smartphones features that will shape the future of industry in 2018-2019. Do you also know about any such features? Share your thoughts in the comments and let us know.