There’s a lot of things to be excited about in the smartphone world right now – from the release of the iPhone 11 and the Galaxy S20 reveal, to innovative VR accessories and 5G’s promise of faster networks. Therefore, there’s no better time than now to have a look at some upcoming trends. Here are some that you should definitely keep on your radar.
Just about every year, 5G rumors circulate – whether it’s ongoing prototypes or connectivity tests. However, it looks like 2020 will finally mark the start of 5G’s widespread integration. For starters, Apple has hinted that it’s going to release its first fully 5G-capable iPhone model sometime this fall.
Don’t know if this makes it better, but apparently all T-Mobile variants ship with at least band N71 for 600mHz 5G. Even the base S20.
— Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) February 3, 2020
The recent leaks about the Samsung Galaxy S20 also mentioned that it will be coming out with “at least band N71 for 600mHz 5G.” On top of this, CNBC reports how Verizon has pledged to bring 5G access to half of the US population before the year ends. With such big promises, we can only hope to see these companies live up to the hype.
A key trait of smartphones is that they’re always pushing the boundaries of what tech can do. This year, smartphone cameras will be a huge focus. Instead of just upgrading megapixels, developers are now looking to change lenses – something that has long been a DSLR-exclusive. Quad camera phones such as the newly released iPhone 11 have three cameras at the back (plus one at the front), which allow the user to take photos from three lenses: zoom, wide, and ultra-zoom. Similarly, the upcoming Galaxy S20 will allegedly feature at least four cameras too, although the current leaks suggest that it’s going to have around five or even six.
Samsung accidentally leaks Galaxy S20 on its own website https://t.co/epa3XAY2u2
— Arshad Sharif (@arsched) February 6, 2020
Punch Hole Displays
In the pursuit of larger screens, companies have come up with a new way to house the front camera: punch hole displays. While older models like the Galaxy S10 and Vivo V17 have cameras that are simply placed on top of the display, other brands like OPPO and Xiaomi have been working to bring out under-display cameras that work just like fingerprint sensors. If successful, we’re probably going to see more cameras that can be hidden when not in use, allowing for a full, edge-to-edge screen display.
Samsung’s release of the Galaxy Fold has opened our eyes to just how big smartphones were getting. But with foldable phones, they can keep making them even bigger. To date, Samsung already has the Galaxy Fold 2 and Galaxy Z Flip ready to the consumer shelves. Microsoft has also jumped on the trend with an announcement last October regarding the Surface Duo, their very own foldable phone coming out in the fall.
From healthcare to tourism, virtual reality (VR) has transformed a whole host of industries. But its biggest contributions have always been in the entertainment industry. In fact, a survey by tech company HP notes how over 66% of consumers are “interested in VR for TV, movies, video.” This is why there’s been a surge in VR headsets for PCs, consoles, and of course, mobile phones.
Just last December, mobile powerhouse Huawei released its own headset called the VR Glass, and it had some pretty impressive features like 90-degree views and a built-in dual sound field. Plus, with outstanding mobile VR games like InCell and Twilight Pioneers, there’s a good chance we will be seeing more VR equipment released to the mobile market very soon.
In the same realm of VR, AR technology is the process of overlaying 3D objects onto real-world settings. Some of its applications include Instagram filters or seeing “real” Pokémon in your house through the Pokémon Go AR option. Augmented reality (AR) Glasses have been around since 2016, when Microsoft invented the HoloLens for the PC and later on, the HoloLens 2. But this year, Apple is reportedly working on AR glasses exclusively for the iPhone.
The mobile industry has always been big on innovation, but this year is looking to be the biggest yet. What are you most excited to see this year?