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2019 is set to be an exciting year for fans of the mobile phone. Technology is advancing at an amazing pace and this year we expect to see countless triple and quad-lens cameras, the first 5G phones, and the first foldable phones.
Last updated: 12th Mar 2019 at 3:15pm
We expect to see these new phone features go official at MWC 2019 (Mobile World Congress), which starts on February 25th 2019 in Barcelona. Without further ado, let’s get going and take a look at some of the latest phones on the market:
The Apple iPhone Xi, which might alternatively be named the iPhone 11 or iPhone XT, is expected to arrive in September 2019. Rumour has it, the new iPhone will have a triple camera, iOS 13 with dynamic app icons, and a bigger 4,000mAh battery. Great news for you iPhone fans who always complain about their short battery life!
There will likely be three models of iPhone with 5.8”, 6.1”, and 6.5” displays. Face ID may be improved and Apple intends to combine conversations in one place, for email, text, and social media.
There is no information yet as to how much the new iPhone will cost, but looking at the cost of the recently new iPhone XS Max, we gather it will be over £1000.
After the success of the Samsung Galaxy S9, we eagerly anticipate Samsungs next release. The new Android phone is scheduled to be announced this year. The Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ might be revealed along with another device; currently unnamed. This trio of Samsung phones will have a 5.8”, 6.1”, and 6.4” displays. One of these models is expected to have a flat display, indicating a lower price point, the remaining two are rumoured to have state of the art OLED screens.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 could look quite different from its predecessors with a pin-hole for the camera lens in the display. This new Samsung screen will be named Infinity-O, which seems appropriate.
Other features include an improved wide-angle camera, triple camera, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, powerful 27W wireless charging, and under-display fingerprint reader. Some rumours suggest that there may be a fourth S10 model that will be released later in the year with a quad camera and support for 5G.
The Huawei P20 was a direct competitor to the Galaxy S9 and iPhone XS. It is expected that two or even a trio of phones will be released on March 26th 2019. It’s likely to be at least as expensive as the P20 which was priced at £599. There could be a triple-lens camera with a 40MP or 38MP resolution and 5x optical zoom. This Huawei phone might look pretty neat with a teardrop notch in the display for the camera lens.
Costing more than the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and only slightly less than the iPhone XS, the Mate 20 Pro is brand new and has tons of fantastic features. The screen on this phone stretches right to the edge making the display seem bigger than it actually is. The physical fingerprint sensor has been replaced by a fingerprint scanner beneath the phone’s OLED display, unlike Apple with the headphone jack, Huawei isn’t forcing you into solely using Face ID.
The camera on this device is simply amazing having a Leica triple rear camera which has a wide-angle 40 MP lens, a 20 MP ultra wide angle lens and an 8MP telephoto lens. The front has a 3D depth-sensing camera and has a 24MP lens. Great for video recording and taking high definition photos!
If you can’t wait for a new phone then the Motorola Moto G7, along with three variants, have just been announced. Motorola is notorious for its great performing budget-friendly phones. The Moto G7 has a 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 chipset which delivers a significantly better performance than the Moto G6.
The camera has a 12MP dual camera and an 8MP low-light selfie camera. The rear camera is touted to have high-resolution zoom and Motorola's software conducts detailed image restoration to ensure that the zoomed-in results are clear and sharp.
A 6.2” Max Vision display is employed, along with Face Unlock and a processor that is 50% faster than its predecessor. Fast charging gives you 9 hours use in only 15 minutes!
The LG G8 was unveiled by LG on February 24th 2019, however, it has not been released in stores yet. The G8 ThinQ has been linked to the phrase Goodbye Touch, so we expect to see air gestures captured by a special IR lens. The leaks about this phone couldn’t be farther apart with some saying there will be foldable display, an attachable second display, or a high-resolution 4K display.
This LG phone will have a fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and triple camera. A second rumour, Sound on Display, has been linked to the phone. Basically, this technology will allow LG to remove the speaker and use vibration and bone conduction to emit sound.
There are probably a few months to go until the release of the OnePlus7; the model up from the OnePlus 6t. This could have a pop-up camera, triple main camera, in-display fingerprint reader, and reduced screen-bezels. The original OnePlus was a flagship budget phone, however with the OnePlus 6T at £499, we reckon the OnePlus 7 will break the £500 barrier making it the most expensive and feature-filled OnePlus phone yet.
Scheduled for release in Spring this year, this device is expected to be more impressive than its predecessor, the Sony Xperia XZ3. Sony will be using an OLED screen for the first time on this device and will have a 6.5” CinemaWide display with a 21:9 screen-aspect-ratio.
The Xperia XZ4 will have a dual or triple lens camera with optical zoom and a resolution of up to 52MP. As with other 2019 flagship phones, it will be powered by a Snapdragon 855 processor.
Foldable phones are here in 2019 and these include the already released Royole FlexPai, which has a 7.8” display and is priced at over £1200. We will also see the Samsung Galaxy F with its 7.3” foldable display and a foldable phone from Huawei.
Other phones to watch out for include the Nokia 9 PureView with five-cameras, the LG V50 with 5G connectivity, and the Xiaomi Mi 9 with a 48MP camera. The Honor 11 is expected in May, along with the HTC U13. Further upcoming 2019 phones include the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and the Google Pixel 4, which will feature the Android 10 operating system.
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