Global smartphone sales are declining every year, and in such an unpleasant situation manufacturers of devices each year to come up with something new to attract buyers. What will smartphones of the future and whether they will do like a usual device — in the material “Газеты.Ru”.

Frameless design

A definite “must have” standard will become frameless design — that is, the screen will occupy the entire surface of the front surface of the smartphone. Now the index screen-to-body-ratio flagship smartphones is approaching 90%. In 2019 it is likely to exceed these figures, and Android smartphones average price category will reach to 88-89%.

To achieve these results, manufacturers of smartphones are different ways and the task of increasing screen-to-body-ratio decide differently.

So, Apple has relied on the facial recognition technology and not just removed the fingerprint scanner from the front panel, and generally refused it. Huawei Honor, Oppo and Vivo have placed a fingerprint scanner directly on the screen. But on smartphones average price category fingerprint scanners are now located only at the rear.

Another way to achieve the highest screen-to-body-ratio will be the transfer of the front camera from the front panel. Someone hide it in the case and will make a pull out, someone will start making smartphones-slider with a sliding camera, and someone will simply reduce its size to a minimum and, thus, the famous unibrow “like the iPhone” will turn into a tiny hole in the top of the screen.

Huge screens

The screens of smartphones will grow in size and closer to the limits of the human hand. Consumer message of “bigger is better” was very clearly articulated in 2018. Analysts from IHS, Markit said that almost half of all smartphones starting in the second quarter of 2018, had large displays.

Multi-modular camera

Shirokoformatnye module, standard module, a long module for an optical zoom module to create the bokeh effect, a module for shooting at night — all the existing mobile cameras.

It is possible that in 2019 will be the first smartphone with patinadores the back of the camera.

Thus the process and the result of shooting more and will be more like computer graphics when software algorithms and powerful processors “draw” the image on the fly.

Modern mobile photography is already 50% real computer graphics, which creates an image most similar to how it should look on a professional SLR camera. The key point is that the smartphone is not “fixes”, and “creates” the image on the basis of the visual information received by the processor and software from the PV panel.

Batteries and battery life

After several years of increasing power of mobile processors and the focus on design in 2019, the vendors will finally pay attention to the battery capacity, the battery life and charging speed.

Fast charging will become a mandatory standard even for smartphones in the budget segment. At the moment in the mobile industry has developed a rather unnatural situation, when the most “long-playing” smart phones are budget, but don’t have support for fast charging, and premium smartphones with support of turbotrade (to 35 minutes from 0 to 100%) have an average battery capacity and the long battery life.

Flexible screens and new form factors

If you do not stop in 2019 and beyond, in the future we are waiting for more interesting events. Smartphones based on the technology of flexible OLED-screens will be available in 2019, but it will be more experimental devices in the format of a notebook. Such form factor is now regarded as Central to the creation of smartphones with flexible screens and this is working on Samsung, Huawei, LG, and other smaller companies.

The development of such devices rests in the shortage of flexible displays, which so far can produce only a few plants.

Another form factor that is at least said level concept became a hybrid bracelet, watches, and smartphone. The serial device will present most likely in 2020 or later, however, designers in addition to purely technological problems will make these devices convenient to consumers.

Augmented reality

AR, or augmented reality, is likely to outperform stuck in the consumer VR market and move from the category of experimental technology in the mass segment.

For starters, augmented reality will be implemented in smartphones by using cloud computing and 5G networks. The image transmitted from the camera of the smartphone is partially processed in the cloud, partly in the smartphone and then displayed on the screen

Similar software is being developed since the beginning of 2010-ies, but to become a full-fledged consumer mobile technology of augmented reality only with the development of computer vision and artificial intelligence. The next step in the development of AR will be the format of points. And although many are confused by the false start, Google Glass, now all the experts follow the development of project Magic Leap and Microsoft HoloLens. The fate of augmented reality largely due to the parallel development of cloud computing, use big data and building of networks 5G.

5G network

“5G will bring together smartphones and the Internet of things with one hand, and artificial intelligence, big data and cloud computing on the other,” — said mats Granryd, head of the GSM Association.

According to him, the only 5G network can provide not only fast and reliable transmission of huge amounts of data at speeds 10 to 100 times greater than the speed of modern LTE networks, and minimal signal delay to 1 millisecond.

Granryd suggests that the deployment of 5G networks will be a qualitative leap in the development of the industry of augmented and virtual reality, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence.

Thus, the mobile network of the fifth generation will unite into a single infrastructure smartphones, as well as programs and services based on the Internet of things, cloud computing, big data Analytics and artificial intelligence. That is, communications will finally become an intellectual hub that will simplify all aspects of human life — logistics, shopping, communication, search, entertainment, financial management, and interaction with state structures.

Without wires and ports

Wireless technologies and the rejection of the physical ports in mobile devices will be another mobile trend of the future.

According to the head of campaign consultancy Farpoint Group, Craig Mathias, in the near future there will be a clear rejection of the physical ports in smartphones. Standard audio connector already removed many companies, including Apple, and such wireless standards like NFC, Qi, Bluetooth, WiFi, eSIM and 5G can turn smartphones into a monolithic device without a single hole in the housing.

The lack of physical ports will reduce the cost of production of smartphones, and will also make them more water resistant and durable.

Prerequisites for the development of all the described trends are more than enough, and the evolutionary nature of the development of the mobile industry makes our predictions as realistic as possible. The only thing that is difficult to predict, the so-called “transition of quantity in quality”. It may happen that the sum of the above technologies will transform the smartphone into something else, as in the mobile phone has evolved to be a personal computer, a wallet, a photo and video camera and even a means of identification.

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