Sometimes it’s difficult to keep up. Every year, smartphone providers dazzle us with their new innovations; something that is bolder and brighter than last year has a long list of capabilities and promises to be the best one yet. Let’s see what is in stores for us in the near future.
Away from all the fuss and hype, though, it’s good to take a deep breath and size up what’s on offer. True, the standard is higher than ever, but sometimes the true gems are the ones that don’t quite take center stage.
Here are a few of those that are set to come our way in the near future.
Google Pixel 4 and 4XL
The Pixel continues to live up to its name with its standout camera options.
Model 4, and its big brother 4XL, focus their efforts on just two rear cameras, rather than three or four like many competitors, but it means an emphasis on super high-quality telephoto lenses that create a stunning visual end-product.
The differences between the two models are only size-related, as you may have guessed, with the XL offering a larger handset and battery. Both, though, boast excellent non-camera features; a Snapdragon 855 processor, IP68 dust and water resistance and dual front stereo speakers being the highlights.
If you’re a big fan of regular firmware and security updates, then Google is happy to keep bombarding you via the Pixel. You’ll receive monthly offerings from the new Android 10 system, and guaranteed upgrades for the next three years as part of the deal.
For those of us on a smaller budget, there could well be a lighter 4a model on the market soon. This will have just the one camera on the back, but a nice one all the same, and it could be one of the best value-for-money purchases out there.
Samsung Galaxy Fold 2
After the original Fold heralded a new generation of Samsung flips, its sequel promises a raft of upgrades.
Most notably, incorporating the 108-megapixel from the company’s S20 ultra. Its Snapdragon 865 platform, integrated with 5G, means you’ll be doing a lot more than playing Solitaire or online blackjack when you’re bored, while apparently Samsung is experimenting with a new ultra-slim Gorilla Glass that will give the device the fabled mix of durability and lightness.
Samsung fans may get lucky with a dramatic pricing campaign for Fold 2. Rumors are that it could cost less than $1,000, with the aim of bumping up sales numbers and spreading the word. If that happens then we could be looking at a true bargain.
Xiaomi Mi 10 & Mi 10 pro
Enter the Snapdragon. Well, the 865 SoC version, at least. The Mi10 is set to showcase this latest platform which boasts a 15% increase in performance compared to its previous version.
The launch will feature a Pro version alongside the original, which will feature an unusually curved OLED display and a quirky dual punch-hole selfie camera. The Pro will also have a larger battery (4500mAh for the number-crunchers among us), an in-display fingerprint sensor, and a 108-megapixel camera.
With the Coronavirus outbreak affecting the Chinese tech industry, the pressure is on for these handsets to be a commercial success. As such, Xiaomi is targeting the European market where this unusual yet sleek design could turn heads.
Like its fellow Chinese firm mentioned above, Huawei hasn’t had a great time recently. The US trade ban, which involved in a war of words with the US president, was a huge talking point in 2019, but the company is showing initiative by hitting alternative markets and coming up with stunning models such as the P40.
A highlight will be its five-camera Leica system which will incorporate a 64-megapixel main camera. Huawei is also looking to shrug off its association with Google services by offering a combination of the Android-based EMUI 10 and Huawei Mobile Services.
A big improvement to look out for is the screen. Often a Huawei weak point, the P40 version is said to boast a 6.5-inch OLED screen with a QHD+ resolution, which could put it ahead of many rivals.
The cost of this flagship model shouldn’t be too steep, either, with reports suggesting it’ll be around the $1,000 mark.
Fingers, and other body parts, will be crossed in the Huawei camp in the hope that this model can lead to a period of sustained success.
Huawei Mate X
As well as the P Models, Huawei has been wanting to enter the foldable phone market for some time now – and they did so in grand style by announcing plans for the Mate X model at the 2019 Mobile World Congress.
Offering a sturdy feel, this model will boast an 8-inch display and a super-flexible hinge. It will also be ready to use on the 5G market, which means perks such as unparalleled connection speeds and enhancing user experiences, like downloading a movie in a matter of seconds.
Priced at €2200, it will test many people’s budgets. However, with the ongoing spat between Huawei and the US increasing trade restrictions, there could be some hitches with its release into Western markets. Time will tell in the near future.
Choice is Yours
We’re so dependent on our smartphones these days that making the right choice feels like a crucial task. Hopefully, this guide can take some of the stress out of that process and point in the direction of your gleaming new handset in the near future.