Even if all the novelties are not yet announced, we already know that the year 2019 will mark the arrival of big changes for our smartphones. Overview.
5G will accelerate our smartphones
The promise of the arrival of the first 5G phones in 2019 has almost become a reality. While eighteen operators from around the world (including Orange) announced this year the launch of 5G speed trials, 18 global smartphone manufacturers put their weight behind the Qualcomm-developed X50 5G modem announced as revolutionary.
After years of media hype, 5G seems within reach of our phones: Huawei and Samsung have even announced the release of a smartphone 5G for 2019. A launch that will be limited to pioneer countries such as South Korea, China and the United States. United States before spreading all over the world in 2020. Even France is moving, since the Regulatory Authority for Electronic and Postal Communications (ARCEP), has launched a test program of 5G in a dozen cities, in view of a commissioning in 14 months.
It will not be another gadget: 5G technology promises faster, more responsive wireless networks. Some analysts even argue that 5G speeds will deliver content up to 10 times faster than on a current 4G network … which should radically transform our world by fueling, for example, other fast-growing technologies, such as autonomous cars or the Internet of Things. As a result, IDC has just announced that 5G smartphones could represent 7% of total sales in 2020 and up to 18% in 2022. This is enough to boost a market that has been falling since 2017.
A smartphones folded in his back pocket
The CEO of Huawei confirmed this in person a few days ago: “We are working on foldable, 5G and foldable smartphones to say the least,” said Richard Yu in an interview with the Digital Trends website, stating that its commercialization should begin mid-2019. Comments that corroborate a confidence of the vice president, who had raised “an incredible experience” to come with the future smartphone of the Chinese manufacturer. Because yes, folding his phone in the back pocket of his pants, it still seems incredible in 2018 … But tomorrow?
This announcement was primarily to pre-empt the ambitions of Samsung, which also wants to launch next year its first foldable phone. A press conference is even planned in a few weeks to give a first glimpse of the famous model.
According to the latest rumors, Samsung should rely on the range of Galaxy Note and their screens of 6.5 and 7 inches. For its part, Huawei should be inspired by the dimensions of its Mate 20X and its 7.2-inch screen. Large models that, once folded in half, finally take up little space.
It’s a bit like the return of the 90s clamshell phone, except that the two or three screens announced should turn the smartphone into a small tablet. An indiscretion announces that the model of Samsung could be sold 1,600 euros. Not given, but so modern. To the point that Apple is thinking about launching its own foldable model for 2020.
The death of the jack spreads
A page could turn in 2019. Started in a crash with the iPhone X, the disappearance of the jack spreads in the world of smartphones. Until becoming the norm? Possible since Samsung comes in turn to announce its desire to remove this decision of its smartphones from 2019.
The Galaxy S10 is the first on the list: only the USB-C port will be usable if we have headphones or headphones with a compatible output. Samsung could also provide an adapter when buying the flagship. The easiest thing to do, however, is to use a wireless device with a Bluetooth connection.
This desire to abandon the jack is explained by the saving of space that allows the use of a large battery or the installation of a fingerprint reader directly below the screen.
The iPhone would abandon the fingerprint
It’s a rumor that spread this fall at the speed of lightning: the iPhone 2019 should abandon the fingerprint to continue with facial recognition.
All started with a note from the famous analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, intended for investors, explaining that the FOD (for Fingerprint on display, the digital recognition under the screen) would not be supported by the future iPhone. In question, a user feedback “lower than expected”. Amazing, while Samsung has seized this technology for its Galaxy S10. Or maybe it is precisely because of that?
Indeed, Apple would have decided instead to continue with facial recognition on its smartphones. A technology that, for once, has not been matched by any of its competitors … But not sure that the user finds it more convenient to take a picture, looking straight up the sensor, to unlock his phone.