2018 promises to be a great year for the telephony sector. After the big trends of recent years such as double cameras, frameless displays or increasingly daring designs have established themselves and have even appeared in the middle range, The main manufacturers have to surprise again in this new generation of smartphones with more balanced and competitive midrange phones and low-end phones that once and for all will no longer be the ridicule of Android thanks to the Android Go initiative.
However, The high-end sector is again the one that raises the most expectationsand is not for less. In this niche, brands provide a greater amount of resources with which to develop and innovate. Every year we come across more complete and advanced phones with technologies that we would never have thought possible in cell phones a few years ago.
And we are taking advantage of the fact that 2017 has just ended and that no manufacturer has yet placed its bets on the high-end range for 2018 Think what this year’s high-end Android will look like it only started a week ago.
The high-end Android of 2018: what we hope to see
Bigger screens in (still) smaller bodies
If 2017 was the year the designs in which the screen frames – or rather the absence of them – were protagonists, then 2018 should be the year we finally say we Goodbye to the huge rims that surround the front panels of our smartphone.
Brands like Xiaomi, Essential or Apple with their iPhone X have already dared Almost completely remove at least three of the frames that surround your smartphone’s screen. While some users still prefer margins high enough to avoid the dreaded “ghost touch” on the screen, there is no doubt that the industry trend is toward the smallest bezels, allowing manufacturers to incorporate larger panels into increasingly compact bodies .
Fingerprint reader under the screen
The existence of Fingerprint reader under the screen It was rumored that the Galaxy S8 was nothing more than a mere concept, but it wasn’t until late 2017 that Synaptics finally showed that these types of biometric systems were actually ready for use.
It is very likely that the high-end phones introduced in the first half of this 2018 will not yet integrate this technology – at the moment neither the Xiaomi Mi 7 nor the Galaxy S9 will – although I am sure we will see that will be the first fingerprint readers under the screen on flagships arriving in the last six months of the year, such as Galaxy Note9, LG V40, Huawei Mate 11 or Mate 20 or Xiaomi Mi Mix 3.
Artificial intelligence for (almost) everyone
Huawei with its Mate 10 and Google with the Pixel 2 have shown that Artificial intelligence is becoming a fundamental part of our smartphonesand everything indicates that 2018 will be the year the machine learning Come to Android to stay.
Good evidence of this is the inclusion of an API for this purpose in Android 8.1, as well as the existence of the TensorFlow Lite library, which developers can already use to create AI-based applications. And that’s that at the end of the day This type of technology can be used for any purposefrom improving photographic skills, as in the case of pixels, to optimizing performance according to each user’s usage patterns.
The return of wireless charging
I assure you that it hurts me more to write this than it hurts you to read it, but: thank you apple. The latest generation of iPhones from Cupertino has wireless charging using the Qi standard. As is often the case every time Apple makes a decision for this caliber, the rest of the brands will emulate its movement.
So 2018 is most likely the year that LG and Samsung are no longer the only brands to offer wireless charging on their flagship smartphones Companies of all kinds are making room for this technology.
Facial recognition systems
And if anyone has any doubts that wireless charging will become fashionable after Apple’s move, just take a look at what happened to it Facial recognition systems. After Face ID made its debut with the iPhone X, companies like OnePlus or Honor have already joined this trend, including biometric systems, each in its own way, of course.
But 2018 is going to be the year Qualcomm and MediaTek have their facial recognition systems ready with specific hardware, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Google would include a facial recognition API in Android P, so we’re finally going to talk about that Technologies that are comparable to Face ID in terms of security. We hope, yes, that this does not mean the permanent death of fingerprint readers on smartphones.
More performance and support
That the 2018 high-end will be stronger than 2017’s is too obvious a fact, so we decided to leave this section for the last time. The mistake of this leap in performance will be that Snapdragon 845, the processor introduced by Qualcomm in early December, and that will likely dominate the interior of the vast majority of next-generation high-performance phones.
Where we were able to experience a surprise in the high-end area this year, however, is the support at the software level. We must not forget that all those phones that come with Android Oreo from the start – and all those manufacturers who are launching a high-end without Oreo in mid-2018, of course not making their money – have that native support for Project TrebleThis is the biggest structural change in Android history making it easier for brands to develop and release updates.
We saw the first preview of what could be achieved with Treble just a few months ago, when Google backed up updates for Pixel 2 for three years. And while it’s true that fragmentation won’t go away in a single year, even in the high end, At least manufacturers won’t have an excuse for leaving their flagship phones obsoleteor to offer late updates. It is something.
And you, what do you expect from the high-end in 2018?
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