2018 has been a fantastic year for smartphones. From wireless chargers going mainstream to the launch of next-generation iPhones – read our writeup of the Brooklyn launch for more information about that – we have seen some impressive new tech hit the market.
However, 2019 promises to be an even bigger year for the smartphone world, and we’re loving what’s coming around the corner. In our latest article, we cover what we can look forward to throughout this year.
The foldable smartphone revolution has finally begun. Although Samsung has shown us a working prototype during their annual developer conference in November 2018, they are keeping their cards close to their chest and have revealed very little information about the phone’s specifications or size. They have not even announced its name yet! The rumoured-to-be-called Samsung Galaxy X, however, is set to be a huge hit and may also be the star of the upcoming Galaxy Unpacked Keynote on the 20th February.
Samsung’s foldable smartphone is not the only one rumoured to hit the market in 2019 however. The long-rumoured Motorola Razr might finally come to fruition, as rumours swell about a touchscreen flip-phone to compete with Samsung. Likewise, a video leaked in January of a Xiaomi phablet using Google Maps, before being folded into smartphone size. We might see not just one, but more than half a dozen foldable smartphones released this year. Excited does not begin to describe our enthusiasm for this new tech!
The Rise of China
South Korea’s Samsung and America’s Apple have been continuously at the top of the smartphone food chain, followed closely by HTC, Sony, and LG. However, in 2018 we saw a rapid rise in sales for Chinese companies, and they all show no signs of slowing. Oppo sold more than a hundred million phones in 2018, while Huawei and Xiaomi both sold more than two hundred million, roughly the same number as Apple and only slightly behind Samsung.
These Chinese businesses focus more on selling budget devices, so Samsung and Apple should not be panicking, but the success of the Chinese firms definitely have the two players alarmed. Apple, in particular, has been trying to break into the Chinese market for the last few years now but sales have been well below expectations. It seems that the Chinese firms know what their market wants, and they are looking to take their products to the global stage. Keep an eye out for how successful Chinese smartphone companies are in the future.
Screen Protectors Become More Popular
Over the last few years, people have spent more and more on mobile phones, while also using their existing mobile phones for longer before upgrading to a new one. This has created a double incentive for people to protect their phone for as long as possible, which has increased demand for mobile phone cases, insurance, and – of course – screen protectors.
We have especially seen a rise in popularity for our anti-shock screen protectors. Designed to be unnoticeable once applied, anti-shock screen protectors absorb the impact of a sudden blow to your mobile. We offer a wide range of anti-shock screen protectors online, so take a look to see if we have one that suits your mobile phone (or your tablet, or your laptop) to protect it from damage!
The Birth of 5G Smartphones
For the last few years, we have all been stuck with 4G network speeds. While this is undoubtedly fast cellular broadband technology, downloads and uploads still take quite a while on any device. This will change with the implementation of 5G – a revolutionary step forward for smartphones.
The next-generation technology will upgrade the speed by which smartphones can access cellular broadband to 10Gbps – enough to download a 15GB Blu-Ray film in less than twelve seconds, or a 1GB High-Definition TV show in barely a second. 5G will complete phase one rollout in April 2019 for early commercial development, and 5G-compatible phones will begin to become more and more commonplace in the market.
The Seven Nanometre Node
Sometimes, the most important innovations are the smallest ones. In 2019, many of our handsets will change from using 10nm semiconductor nodes to 7nm ones. That means nothing to most of us, but this shrinkage is expected to deliver 35% more speed or use 65% less power than its predecessor, which translates to considerable gains in speed or efficiency for modern mobile phones.
Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography (EUV) manufacturing is needed to produce these nodes on tiny chips. This is important, as EUV is required in order to create chips that are 5nm or smaller, which would lead to even better performance for devices that need smaller microchips and nodes. 5nm chips are expected to become the norm in five years, so businesses getting ahead of the curve now and investing in capital are likely to do well. Companies which have not made the switch to EUV because of its prohibitively expensive costs compared are now practically required to do so if they want to remain on the cutting edge of technology. For consumers, this means more companies will be offering the best performance through their phones as manufacturers finally adopt 7-nm phones and EUV technology.
Are you as excited for these future trends in smartphone innovation as we are? Let us know your thoughts on our predictions on our social media channels or in the comments section below! And if you are looking for a mobile phone screen protector, take a look at our online store today for some fantastic deals.