There are only a few days of 2017 left, which means everyone is turning towards 2018 and the phones hitting the stores. As you would expect, we are quite interested in the tech of 2018.
The good thing about some of the rumours and leaks is that we can make some educated guesses as to what 2018 might bring in mobile and which of the current handsets have the best future-proofing.
Advanced Bio-metric Security
It’s quite clear that the iPhone X has been a pioneer in Biometrics with its 3D face scanning for mobile devices. It now looks likely that Touch ID will completely disappear from Apple’s line-up of handsets in 2018.
Android must definitely go beyond and get in with this kind of amazing facial recognition technology built into the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. The chip is expected to be in many an Android flagship phone during 2018 and it sounds like you’d better get used to unlocking your phone with a glance rather than the press of a finger.
However, perhaps fingerprint sensors won’t completely disappear, at least not in 2018. It is being rumoured that the Samsung Galaxy S9 will definitely have one, and manufacturers say the tech is now available to build fingerprint scanners into the front display of a phone.
Better Augmented Reality
AR looks to be changing, thanks largely to the ARKit features which were first introduced in iOS 11. You can expect some more of the same in the coming year. It is quite possible that more apps and more phones will be gaining the ability to blend computer graphics with the real world, so it is going to be a big year for AR.
One of the reasons ARKit is so impressive is that it works with the cameras already built into iPhones from 2015, 2016, and this year, so the likes of the iPhone 6S and iPhone SE are supported by the tech.
Smaller Bezels, Bigger Screens
It looks like 2017 was the year of just waving goodbye to the bezels on the front of flagship phones. This was kind of a trend that kicked off with the LG G6 and then just didn’t stop. If the rumours are to be believed, the Galaxy S9 will be having even smaller bezels in 2018.
However, there are quite a few bumps on the road along the way, and Apple engineers and iOS developers are still working to find out the most likeable approach to get around that distinctive cut-out bezel or the notch. However, let’s hope we shall see quite a few phones with noticeable bezels show up over the course of the next 12 months.
Better AI and faster phones
AI is now almost everywhere ranging from your phone to your laptop and even though you might not realise it, it is the biggest help for suggesting websites you might want to visit and also recognising who’s in your photos, and helps your digital assistant of choice understand what you’re trying to say.
Next year, AI should be getting ramped up with major players such as Huawei and Apple now dedicating AI components on their processing chips, and the recently unveiled Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC which is more aware of artificial intelligence than ever – that’s the chip that’s likely to be powering many of the Android flagship phones of 2018.
It seems 2018 will be an exciting year for tech, even more so than 2017. If you’ve been eyeing upgrades, 2018 may be the best time for you!