2018 has been one of the busiest and most happening years for smartphones. We've witnessed the highest amount of launches and with brands getting more and more aggressive in terms of pricing and features, 2019 is going to be equally fun.
We've seen a lot of new trends this year, including the fancy notches, dual displays, three to four camera's on the rear as well as sliding modules. One trend that'll be rising in 2019 is 5G, and with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 coming out soon, OEMs are going to be crazy after it.
We're expecting to see the new Snapdragon 855 chipset in a variety of top-end phones throughout 2019 and beyond. Even Huawei and Samsung are working on creating an equivalent processor, if not better, and this competition is going to be very interesting.
Here's our list of the awaited smartphone launches of 2019:1. Samsung Foldable Phone:
In November, Samsung showed off a concept phone that has a foldable screen. It can essentially bend into a phone when needed, and expand into a bigger tablet. While a launch or announcement date is still unknown, Samsung has been confident it can release the technology for mass production in the coming months.
We know the device is sporting a 4.85-inch display with an aspect ratio of 21:9 and a resolution of 840x1,960 pixels. When folded into a tablet, the screen will measure 7.3-inch and house an aspect ratio of 4.2:3 along with a resolution 1,536x2,152 pixels.
Samsung has been working on foldable technology for years now, and even though they've had the basics right since quite some time, the brand has been trying to perfect it.2. Pixel 3 Lite:
Even before the launch of the Pixel 3, there have been rumours and reports stating that Google is working on a midrange Pixel device. Packing in the same camera as the flagship devices, a cheaper alternative could really set the cat among the pigeons.
While earlier reports suggested the phone will run on the recently announced Snapdragon 710 SoC, fresh rumours point towards the Snapdragon 670 platform.
Google hasn't officially confirmed the prospects of a third Pixel 3 phone even though recent leaks have been very convincing.3. Samsung Galaxy S10:
According to solid leaks, we already know the S10 will be available in three variants: a regular Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy S10 Plus. Samsung is expected to launch the flagship around MWC Barcelona, and current speculation points towards February 20.
The S10 Lite is said to have a 5.8-inch display, the S10 or the "regular" phone will have a 6.1-inch display and lastly, the S10 Plus will have a huge 6.4-inch panel. With the S10, Samsung will be celebrating ten years of the series and bundle along with an S10 Plus with 1TB of internal storage as well.
There have also been rumours around Samsung implementing a punch-hole display on the front for a better screen-to-body ratio. If true, it'll be the only mainstream brand to completely skip the notch trend.4. OnePlus 7:
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Every OnePlus phone, so far, has featured a Qualcomm chipset, so we already expect the phone to feature the chipset and now, the company has already confirmed that'll be the case.
A report claims the company will save 5G for an upcoming device set to be released later in 2019, so you may have to wait a while to get the biggest benefit from the Snapdragon 855. Besides, the OnePlus 7 is also rumoured to sport a faster in-display fingerprint scanner along with drastically improved camera optics.5. Nokia 9:
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There's been a lot of talk about a device called Nokia 9 - at one time, the Nokia 8 Sirocco was talked about as the Nokia 9 in rumours. Remember the leaks about a phone with five cameras on the back? That's expected to be the Nokia 9.
We've already seen phones like the Huawei P20 Pro that has a rear triple camera setup, even the OnePlus 6T is reported to have a similar arrangement. With the Nokia 9, HMD Global is taking the game to a whole new level.6. Huawei P30 Pro:
The P20 Pro has been critically lauded for its optics, and it's obvious to expect the P30 Pro to carry on the legacy. Recent reports suggest the phone will have a 10x zoom and a 3D sensor on its rear that is similar to a time-of-flight system. Optical zooming is considered to be much better than digital thanks to greater retained details overall.
A leaked image suggests the wider notch is going and will be replaced by a U-shaped smaller water-drop notch. The Huawei P30, on the other hand, will make do with a telephoto lens with 5x optical zoom.7. LG G8:
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Exactly when will LG announce its next flagship phone is a little up in the air, but we may see it at the Mobile World Congress and it's likely to feature the Snapdragon 855. That's because every recent flagship phone from LG has featured the top-end Qualcomm chipset at the time, so we'd expect the same from the LG G8.
LG has been lagging behind Samsung in the last few years and has been desperately trying to make a comeback. As for the company's long-awaited first foldable device, it looks like the wait will continue until the third quarter of next year.