Smartphones are constantly being improved, their appearance is changing beyond recognition, and one chip is replaced by fashion for others. This process is continuous, but every year some trends can be identified. In 2018, it was “monobrow”, dual cameras and face unlocking, in 2017 – reducing frames and switching to ultra-wide screen formats, in 2016 – fingerprint scanners everywhere, slowing diagonal growth and total switching to IPS in the budget segment. And what are the main trends waiting for the smartphone market in 2019? Design and color It seems that aluminum has already become boring manufacturers of smartphones. Now in trend gloss and iridescent colors. Such a design is not new, such devices were three years ago, but the experience of Chinese companies (Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi) shows that it is now particularly popular. Sparkling gloss goes into trends © Onliner.by Sparkling gloss goes into trends © Onliner.by If before bright glass remained the prerogative of the flagships, in 2019 it will repeat the path of aluminum, passed by him a few years ago. There are already quite a few middle-class devices made in this style. This year they will be even more. Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 has already been released, in which the usual aluminum from the end of 2015 (Redmi Note 3 models) was replaced by bright gloss. The demand for a new product was huge, the first shipments of deliveries flew in a couple of minutes. Given this, it is quite logical that others will want to repeat this step, presenting their state employees with the once flagship appearance. Redmi Note 7 – a budget with a flagship design © The Android Soul Redmi Note 7 – a budget with a flagship design © The Android Soul Drops and holes It seems that the “monobrow” unloved by many is a thing of the past. When Apple introduced the iPhone X in 2017, many began to repeat its features, both as needed and without. But the market shows that the smaller the frame, the better. In 2018, many abandoned the “eyebrows”, leaving instead of it only a small drop-shaped notch under the front camera. At first it was the flagships, and then the mod has spread to gadgets cheaper. Cut is reduced © CentrParts Cut is reduced © CentrParts Given the trends, it is easy to predict that in 2019 the rejection of the “eyebrow” in favor of the “drop” will continue. This trend is also well seen in Xiaomi. Redmi Note 5 Pro had a relatively narrow frame at the top, in Redmi Note 6 Pro it was replaced by “monobrow”, and in Redmi Note 7 – by “drop”. Another trend in 2019 is the cutout for the camera in the form of a hole in the screen. Huawei has already introduced the Honor View 20 and Nova 4 models, which use this solution. It is clearly better than others, since it takes up a minimum of space in the row of indicators, so it has every chance of becoming a hit one in the new season. According to rumors, a similar solution will be applied in the Galaxy S10. Honor View 20 © South China Morning Post Honor View 20 © South China Morning Post OLED and fingerprint scanner The technology of on-screen fingerprint scanners has already been mastered, albeit damp for now. Yes, such sensors are slower than traditional ones (especially in the cold), there are difficulties with their integration, but everything is solved. Several middle-class devices with an on-screen scanner have already been released, the cheapest of them (Oppo K1) costs less than $ 250. This means the technology becomes more accessible and gaining popularity. Screen scanner is still new, but in 2019 will be a trend © Android Central Screen scanner is still new, but in 2019 will be a trend © Android Central The use of fingerprint scanners prompts developers to switch from LCD screens to OLED. The fact is that it is difficult to embed miniature sensors into the IPS matrix, so there are no alternatives. Fortunately, LED displays are becoming better and more accessible, so only people who are sensitive to PWM backlight adjustment will be “offended”. After all, nobody seems to be planning to refuse her. Triple and quad cameras Continuing the trend of double and triple cameras, manufacturers do not stop there. In the conditions of miniaturization, several specialized modules cope with the tasks better than one universal. And the more lenses, the wider the potential. A year ago, the Huawei P20 Pro became the first device with three cameras, and by the end of 2018, large firms had already let in more than a dozen of such smartphones. Triple cameras will be mass in smartphones 2019 © JamOnline.ph Triple cameras will be mass in smartphones 2019 © JamOnline.ph Using several cameras at the same time allows you to realize any combination you want. Approaching and wide-angle, color and black-and-white, with high and low resolution, three-dimensional and infrared: it all depends on how far imagination engineers lead and how much it will cost. The fact that solo cameras are a thing of the past is a fact. After all, it is already full of budget smartphones with two lenses, and in 2019 they will be even more. And where there are two – there are three, where three – there are four. Megapixels Introducing the Huawei P20 Pro, the company reopened the old Pandora’s Box, the name of which is the megapixel race. It seemed, everyone finally calmed down, came to the conclusion that 12-16 Mp – just right, but it was not there. Like that thunder in the sky: here you have 40 Mp, receive and sign. Honor View 20 – one of the first 48 megapixel smartphones © Honor Honor View 20 – one of the first 48 megapixel smartphones © Honor Seeing that the IMX600 (this is the matrix installed in the P20 Pro) “comes in”, Sony began to produce other matrix with a huge resolution for smartphones simpler. Going foot in step with the Japanese Samsung repeated these actions. Already, we have the first budget with a 48 megapixel camera, Redmi Note 7. Megapixels are a very good option in terms of marketing. They can be skillfully manipulated, achieving good sales, so in 2019 it is worth waiting for the influx of cameras for many megapixels in smartphones. Sony has already prepared IMX586 modules for 48 megapixels, IMX607 for 38, IMX608 for 33, for Samsung – GM1 for 48 and GD1 for 32 megapixels. And according to rumors, Sony does prepare an IMX666 matrix with a resolution of 66.6 megapixels. 5G support 5G coming in 2019 © Digit 5G coming in 2019 © Digit If the design, number and resolution of cameras are important and interesting not for everyone, the emergence of support for 5G networks will sooner or later affect everyone. Such networks are about to be launched into mass commercial exploitation, so that smartphone manufacturers need to prepare. And let Xiaomi say something there about Mix 3, which is supposed to be the first smartphone with 5G, in fact we still see only the 4G version of the flagship on sale. The 5G modification will be released in 2019, will be based on an SD855 chip with an X50 modem, and will most likely be named Mix 3S. Mi Mix 3 is declared as the first device with 5G © Taobao Mi Mix 3 is declared as the first device with 5G © Taobao Mix 3 will definitely not be alone: once Qualcomm innovative solutions are available from Xiaomi – they will be available to others. Therefore, in 2019, the race for the title of the first 5G smartphone for sale should be launched. Of course, the mass appearance of networks of the fifth generation should not be expected, but manufacturers will try to insure that their flagships are ready for them in advance. Memory growth Of course, manufacturers will continue to increase the amount of operational and permanent memory. RAM chips are gradually getting cheaper, becoming smaller, so it’s worth waiting for flagships with 10, 12 or even 16 GB of memory. The development of new multi-layered 3D-NAND chips will increase storage capacity. In 2019, we will definitely see a smartphone with 1 TB of memory from a reputable manufacturer. Because we have already seen from the unknown (us): Smartisan R1 was released in May 2018. Now it’s the turn of Samsung and Apple, and the rest are sure to catch up with the leaders. Of course, this is far from all the features that will be characteristic of smartphones in 2019. The chipsets produced by the thin process technology of 7-12 nm will become larger, the average battery capacity will continue to slowly grow, the frame will decrease. But these are smoother processes, which cannot be attributed to the most fashionable trends.