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THESE ARE THE TOP SMARTPHONE TRENDS THAT WILL DOMINATE 2018

2017 came with a lot of improvements in smartphones as we know it. In the smartphone sector, we all witnessed a shift towards full view displays and dual cameras, and other significant evolutionary upgrades for the better.

The performance and battery backup of affordable phones has never been better, thanks to powerful and power-efficient chipsets like Snapdragon 625 and 835 Chipsets. Nevertheless I'll say we still don’t have a perfect Android (or iOS) flagship, but at least we have, what certainly feels like, a perfect camera phone.

Let me quickly recap the major smartphone trends of 2017 before I tell you what I think we should expect in 2018.
  1. Full-view displays took the world storm.
  2. Dual cameras
  3. 4GB RAM and 64GB storage are now available on  affordable phones.
  4. Face Unlock gains some traction.
  5. Stock Android is no longer a rarity (Nokia, Billion, Tenor, Moto, HTC, and even Xiaomi).
  6. Snapdragon 625 consolidated Qualcomm’s position in affordable and mid-tier phones.
  7. In general, battery backup on phones has improved a lot.


So, that brings me to the next question. What’s in store for us next year? Well, there are quite a few interesting upgrades you should expect.

In-display fingerprint sensors
Do you know why Samsung's Note 8's fingerprint scanner is an awkward position?, It's because it was actualy meant to be under the screen but Samsung couldn't meet up and had to place it beside the camera. However Vivo have already made a prototype with the Finger Print Scanner under the screen.
The biggest casualty of 18:9 displays have been the front fingerprint sensors. The Face Unlock isn’t as good a replacement which is why manufacturers have been working on under-display fingerprint sensor for a while.

In-display fingerprint sensors have now entered mass production. In fact, the first mainstream in-display fingerprint sensor phone from Vivo is set to arrive as early as CES 2018 (January 09-12).

Snapdragon 660, Snapdragon 630 For Mid-Range Smartphones

The success of Snapdragon 625 and Snapdragon 430 helped Qualcomm infiltrate MediaTek’s stronghold last year. To further strengthen its grip, the dominant chipset maker will be pushing a lot more muscle in its mid-tier (series-600) mobile platform.

Do you know why Samsung's Note 8's fingerprint scanner is an awkward position?, It's because it was actualy meant to be under the screen but Samsung couldn't meet up and had to place it beside the camera. However Vivo have already made a prototype with the Finger Print Scanner under the screen.
The biggest casualty of 18:9 displays have been the front fingerprint sensors. The Face Unlock isn’t as good a replacement which is why manufacturers have been working on under-display fingerprint sensor for a while.

In-display fingerprint sensors have now entered mass production. In fact, the first mainstream in-display fingerprint sensor phone from Vivo is set to arrive as early as CES 2018 (January 09-12).

Snapdragon 660, Snapdragon 630 For Mid-Range Smartphones

The success of Snapdragon 625 and Snapdragon 430 helped Qualcomm infiltrate MediaTek’s stronghold last year. To further strengthen its grip, the dominant chipset maker will be pushing a lot more muscle in its mid-tier (series-600) mobile platform.

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