Tomorrow's Flagships: The Most Exciting Smartphone Features To Watch Out For This Year
According to the statistics published by the leading business intelligence providers this year, smartphone sales have declined significantly over the last few quarters – and by no insignificant amount. Samsung, the biggest smartphone seller in the world, has seen its market share decrease by 10% in the last quarter of the fiscal year, and Apple lost its second place to Chinese manufacturer Huawei, whose phones are used by around 10% of locals to browse the web, read the news, bet at Betway, and consume media. Mobile vendors can no longer stand out of the crowd through their phones' hardware alone, considering that pretty much every other manufacturer will boast the same configuration with a few small details that are different – like the amount of RAM, the size of the storage space or the manufacturer of their camera lenses. But is this all? Well, some manufacturers still have some surprises up their sleeves that they are expected to present ahead of the holiday shopping season this year.
Huawei reinvents the phablet
Huawei, currently the second biggest smartphone maker in the world, is expected to surprise the world with its new Mate 20 line at this year's IFA 2018. The Chinese manufacturer will likely redefine the smartphone this fall with massive screens – the Mate 20 Pro is expected to have a 6.9" screen, almost qualifying as a tablet – and sleek designs. Besides, it is also expected to fit its new phones with triple cameras.
Another feature that might make a few smartphone fans' hearts miss a beat is the phones' brand new finish – the P20 Pro is expected to have gradient finishes inspired by the night sky and the Aurora Borealis.
Nokia takes smartphone cameras to the next level
Microsoft's Lumia 1020 was perhaps the smartphone with the highest-megapixel camera sensor: the Lumia 1020 Pureview had a 41-megapixel (!) sensor capable of snapping amazing pictures and a 4x lossless digital zoom (yet wasn't very good at macro photography). HMD Global has recently recovered the patent for the technology, meaning that we can expect the coming year(2) to come with brand new, high-resolution cameras to add an extra selling point to the upcoming Nokia phones.
Smartphone gaming gets the ROG treatment
Asus' ROG (Republic of Gamers) product line is synonymous with high-performance gaming hardware – and now it seems to conquer the smartphone world, too. After Razer, ZTE, and Xiaomi, Asus seems to be building a gaming handset set to be presented at this year's IFA in Berlin. According to the rumors and the leaked data, the ROG Phone will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 SoC running at almost 3GHz, and it will have all the features one might expect from a gaming phone, including 8GB of RAM, and a 4,000 mAh battery.