Carriers are trying to get a 5G hype train going – some quite desperately. 5G networks will offer much higher bandwidth and will deliver better Internet to homes – better than the crummy wired Internet some people are getting, at least. And it’s low-latency promises VR/AR and autonomous vehicle applications.
But do smartphone users care about 5G? Well, you tell us – what feature are you most looking forward to in 2019? Here are a few major trends we think might be “the next big thing”.
Triple, quad and even penta cameras have become standard on flagships and are gaining ground in the mid-range. These will take smartphone photography to a new level, offering flexibility similar to digital cameras with a zoom lens.
Or perhaps computational photography is a bigger deal to you? Night Sight and other night modes, HDR+ and even bokeh effects have massively improved image quality, all without any majors revolutions in image sensor tech (40+ MP Quad Bayer filters are catching on, though).
While on the topic of cameras, makers are adopting punch hole selfie cameras en masse – as quickly as they jumped on the notch bandwagon. Is that a turn for the better?
Of course, a selfie camera is not needed if you have a phone with a second screen on its back. We already have a few of those, but software support needs work.
Perhaps foldable phones will be a bigger deal. Some fold so there’s a screen on both sides, some fold the other way (screen goes on the inside), but they all promise several times the screen size of modern phones.
Slider phones are a thing again too, another way to solve the notch/punch hole debacle. However, as cool as they look, the added mechanical complexity may not be worth it. That said, it seems that sliders are taking over from phones with powered pop-up cameras.
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Haslinda has worked with some of the largest telcos in North America and Asia. She loves tech and doesn’t like iPhone