The year 2018 was good for the mobile market: top-of-the-line smartphones became more compact, more powerful, and their photographic capabilities made a truly impressive leap in quality. In addition, devices with innovative designs have appeared on the market.
So what can we expect for next year in terms of innovative or highly anticipated smartphones by the fans? Will Google finally launch a cell phone with problem-free hardware? Will Samsung finally offer a smooth software experience for its customers? Check out our listings with expectations and rumors on 2019.
SAMSUNG SHOULD LAUNCH THE SMARTPHONE WITH THE FOLDABLE SCREEN IN EARLY 2019
Rumors about a possible "Galaxy X," Samsung's foldable screen smartphone, has been on the Web for years, but things have started to heat up in recent months. According to information from the Korean newspaper The Bell, it seems that the device will even be released. The most interesting thing is that, according to the website, this launch can happen already early next year.
However, Samsung still would not have decided what kind of design it could bring to market: foldable in or out. However, the Korean newspaper may have picked that up, but it looks like the fold-in model would be more likely to be chosen. This is because the folding mechanism would be simpler, requiring simpler screen protection to achieve the same durability.
In any case, Samsung would have taken a prototype of each model to CES 2018 and presented to executives of partner companies. No one from the media or the general public would have been able to get their hands on these preliminary devices.
IPHONES TO BE LAUNCHED WITH "BREAKTHROUGH INNOVATIONS" FOR THE MARKET
After leaking information that Apple's wireless headsets with noise-canceling and water-resistance features are expected to arrive in 2019, now a rumor points to what to expect from iPhone models for next year.
Ming-Chi Kuo, one of the most renowned analysts on the market, points out that the iPhones that will be released in 2019 may hit the market with great news and "breakthrough innovations", but it does not specify what these innovations would be. The possibility of revealing a model with three rear cameras is still plausible and should not happen in 2018, would Apple have postponed for the coming year?
The analyst also indicates the great possibility for Giant to maintain the manufacture of a model with an LCD screen, which can sell more than units with an OLED screen.
SEVERAL SMARTPHONE MAKERS LAUNCH 5G-READY HANDSETS IN 2019
With Qualcomm is leading the era of 5G-ready components in the mobile market, its Snapdragon X50 modem will be used by 18 smartphone manufacturers as early as 2019, although the fifth generation of mobile internet will be available to the masses possibly after that.
Among the brands are names such as Asus, HTC, LG, Oppo, Sony, Vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE, while heavyweight names such as Samsung and Apple have not yet revealed when their devices will begin to arrive ready for 5G.
In a statement, Qualcomm revealed that telco operators such as AT & T, Verizon, Vodafone, Orange and China Mobile are already preparing to test the 5G in the countries where they operate, optimizing their networks. And to demonstrate the power of 5G to the world, the manufacturer will exhibit the Snapdragon X50 at the 2018 Mobile World Congress (MWC), promising that the chip is capable of reaching "gigabits per second" speeds without specifying a fee accurate.
HUAWEI CONFIRMS FIRST 5G CELL PHONE AT 2019
Technology will allow you to transfer data up to 50 times faster than the 4G standard. Huawei has marked the launch of its first 5G compatible phone for June 2019. The promise is up to 50 times faster than the current 4G. The world's third-largest mobile phone maker, China, has announced the novelty after officializing the bases for the operation of the fifth generation mobile connection in the world.
According to the company, the device will be equipped with a new chip of the model Kirin compatible with the standard, which is scheduled to launch next year. There is still no information on the technical data and the price of the cell phone.
MOBILE PHONES WITH GIANT SCREENS ARE THE TREND FOR 2019
The prediction is from the market consultancy "IDC", which estimates that in 2019 will be manufactured more phablets (smartphones with a screen between 5.5 inches and 7 inches) than conventional smartphones (with the screen less than or equal to 5.5 inches).
The presence of these giant handsets should be even higher in 2021 when the forecast for manufacturing should reach 1 billion units in the year.
In 2012, phablets accounted for only 1% of smartphone manufacturing, and now they are close to 50% market presence.
The trend of the big screens will be driven mainly by handsets without "frame", with displays that occupy the entire screen, such as the iPhone X and the latest models of the Samsung Galaxy S.
Smartphone users will continue to consume more videos, games, social networks, and other applications that demand a lot of data, making screen size and type critical factors in the decision to purchase a device.