Features we Expect to See on Smartphones this 2018
MWC is just around the corner and we’re about to witness the next big things when it comes to mobile technology. Although, before that happens we would like to share what features we expect to see on smartphones this 2018.
More screen, less body
Plenty of smartphones with 18:9 screens and great screen-to-body ratio have rolled out last year, and we’re expecting to see more in 2018 as smartphone brands improve their design to fit more screen while maintaining a small footprint. Samsung, Huawei, LG, Motorola, and Nokia, to name a few, are expected to continue to take advantage of this design. Aside from having sleeker looks, we expect more phones to feature dust- and water-resistance as well.
New biometric security features
Biometric security will be a big thing this year as showcased by Vivo when they introduced the In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology in partnership with Synaptics in CES 2018 early this year. Face Unlocking has been around as well but Apple took it up a notch with their Face ID on the iPhone X. We’re expecting the new iPhones as well as other brands to upgrade or introduce their own Face Unlocking features on their smartphones, in addition to Iris scanning and the traditional fingerprint scanner.
In 2017, smartphone battles were won by having the best cameras in the market that’s why DxOMark ratings were such a big deal. It’s going to continue in 2018 as brands unleash their imaging technologies. We can expect higher-resolution cameras for both the front and back and better software to achieve better image and video quality as well as artificial bokeh. We could also see smartphones with more cameras as HMD Global’s Nokia has been rumored to be working on a smartphone with a penta-lens system.
Artificial Intelligence or A.I. has proven itself to be central when it comes to improving a smartphone’s performance and in implementing unique features. Google used it on the Pixel 2 to improve its camera quality, Apple has a “Neural Engine” to run Face ID, Animoji, and AR apps, OPPO uses this for better selfies, while Huawei embedded a Neural Processing Unit (NPU) on the Kirin 970 SoC to aid its camera, improve performance, and manage its battery consumption. Given the benefits of A.I., expect more smartphone to take advantage of this in 2018.
With all those large, high-resolution displays, powerful cameras, and A.I. applications, what’s the point of having them if the battery isn’t capable of lasting the whole day? Huawei started a good example with the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro with its 4,000mAh battery and smart battery management. Not all smartphones will be equipped with a large battery capacity, however, as some might gear towards power-efficient processors and better power management to cope with mid to heavy users.
Smartphones will just get better as years go by but for 2018, we expect these devices to pack more powerful chipsets from Qualcomm, MediaTek, Samsung, Huawei, and Apple, to name a few. These chipsets will also come with more powerful GPUs, new modems to accommodate faster internet speeds, as well as A.I. More smartphones, especially flagships, will also sport bigger memory starting with 6GB RAM or more, as mobile games become more resource-heavy. And since these devices need to accommodate tons of photos, videos, and apps, expect a bump in storage as well with 128GB becoming a more common option.
And that sums it up. How about you? What features are you expecting for smartphones this year? Let us know in the comments below.