Technology has seeped its way into our lives so much that, imagining a world without smartphones seems next to impossible. Mobile phones were initially designed as gadgets that would help humans make and attend calls from anywhere and everywhere. But gradually, these mobile phones evolved to become more than gadgets that are used for calling. Every passing year, we get to see new innovations and designs in the world of smartphones. Let’s take a look at the top 7 innovations to expect in the list of smartphones in 2018.
While people believe that things of the past should remain in the past, that’s not the case with technology. Foldable phones or flip phones will be re-introduced to the smartphone market this year. Additionally, Samsung has been working on its foldable phone called the Samsung Galaxy X for quite some time now. The Galaxy X smartphone will come with foldable OLED panels, making it possible to fold the phone. Not much has been revealed about the concept of the foldable phone, but more details will be revealed as soon as the phone makes its appearance in the market.
Apple iPhone X and OnePlus 5T mobiles recently showcased the new facial recognition feature being adapted in their latest smartphones. And while this feature acts as an extra security measure, we have to admit that it is also a fun feature to have on the smartphone. Moreover, seeing the craze this feature created among smartphone users, it is not long before other smartphone brands try to incorporate this feature into their upcoming mobiles as well.
Wireless & Fast Charging
The concept of wireless and fast charging is not relatively new. But 2018 will see more smartphones adapting to the latest concept. A Qi-compatible mat is used to charge smartphones wirelessly. The Qi mat gets its power supply by being plugged into an outlet with a wire. And with fast charging, it becomes easier to charge your phone within minutes of plugging it in. Fast charging allows a higher rate of power to be transferred through cables. This year is definitely going to see smartphone companies reduce the hassle of charging our smartphones.
We saw Google launch its latest Android Software update last year in August. But even in January 2018, only a handful of smartphones have still received the update. But to turn things around, most of the smartphone companies are working on smartphones that will launch with the new update. Additionally, this year will also see older smartphones receiving the Android Oreo update.
In-Display Fingerprint Sensor
The in-display fingerprint sensor is a feature that has already started making a buzz in the smartphone market. Smartphones in 2018 are going to ditch the fingerprint sensor on the rear and the front panel. Instead, the sensors will be built in the display. Vivo recently rolled out the Vivo X20 Plus UD smartphone which is the first smartphone to sport the in-display fingerprint sensor. Also, the line up for the upcoming smartphones in 2018 show a lot of brands working on the design of in-display fingerprint sensor for its smartphones.
2017 saw a lot of smartphones sport the bezel-less design. Most of the smartphones with this design come under the high-end smartphone category. But this year, the majority of the smartphones will come with the 18:9 aspect ratio. Even companies launching smartphones in the mid-range budget will try to incorporate the bezel-less designs. Smartphones with bigger screens and smaller borders are going to become a mainstream feature in the mobile market.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Up until now, we have seen smartphones sport the Snapdragon 835 processor. But Qualcomm announced its latest Snapdragon 845 processor at the end of 2017. A new processor indicates powerful and impressive smartphones. The new Snapdragon 845 processor can support AI (artificial intelligence) related tasks. This processor will be seen in most of the upcoming smartphones in 2018 except for Samsung, Apple and Huawei who manufacture their own processors.