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These Are The Top 6 Smartphone Trends That Will Dominate 2018

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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


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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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The Snapdragon 660 will be the first mid-range chipset to include Kyro cores and the Snapdragon 630 will add iterative refinements to Snapdragon 625. Both these chipsets will be formed on the power-efficient 14nm FinFET process and we will be hearing a lot about them next year.

Of course, the Snapdragon 845 will dominate tier-1 flagships.

Foldable display phones


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Many smartphone manufacturers have been filing patents for foldable display phones for many years now. Samsung actually showcased a foldable smartphone prototype way back in 2011. Also, Microsoft put some weight behind the tech and also filed a patent for what looks like the future ‘Surface Phone’.

This is naturally being viewed as the next revolution in displays and a means for adding an even bigger size screen without bloating the size.

I don’t expect foldable-displays to go mainstream the same way as 18:9 full-view screens anytime soon but I’m quite  optimistic that the world will have witnessed a fordable display gadget by the end of next year.

Better 2X Zoom and Software based portrait mode

Dual cameras became quite popular this year however most premium phones use the extra sensor for 2X zoom and in low light, the zoom is still digital and reliant on the main sensor.

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Next year,I expect more OEMs relying on software for Portrait mode and flagships will strive towards perfecting their Zoom capabilities. Chinese OEM Oppo is already working on a periscope-like lens assembly for 5X optical zoom without any camera hump and other OEMs are expected to innovate on similar lines.

Augmented Reality,

Google and Apple put their approval stamps on AR with ARKit and ARCore SDKs and the same should yield something more meaningful than AR Stickers by the next year.

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The iPhone X and Google Pixel 2 duo have the necessary hardware for the promised AR push and developers are already working on leveraging the technology for future updates

Artificial intelligence

Apart from AR, Artificial Intelligence should play a bigger role in enhancing smartphone experience next year. We already have phones marketing AI-based software (and assistants) across different budgets. Siri, Cortana, Alexa And Google Assistant should get a boost next year

Phones like Pixel 2 exemplify the power of software in overcoming hardware constraints. The phone integrates AI based refinements to improve numerous aspects including camera performance.

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Google isn’t alone, though. Huawei’s Kirin 970 chipset uses the separate neural processing engine for AI-based resource allocation to avoid inadvertent lag that creeps up in Android phones over a period of usage. Even Oppo is marketing an AI-based beautify mode in its new set of selfie experts.

Next year, the scope and reliance on AI and machine learning in smartphones is expected to broaden.

Apart from the changes mentioned , you might finally get the promised high-density batteries or get to experience one of the many battery revolutions under works. A lot is happening right now and it’s still not crystal clear what 2018 might or might not have in store, but things look really good for now.

Virtual Reality would also improve next year.

Michael Ajah is a Computer Science Student of The University of Port Harcourt and a Chelsea Fan. He loves RnB and a little mix of Trap Music. An awesome tech reviewer and analyst. Email - [email protected]

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Tecno Camon i4 – Full Specs And Cheapest Price

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Tecno just launched a new device into the Camon lineup the Tecno Camon i4 and the device comes with very impressive specifications and a very good price in this post I’ll be looking at the specs of the Tecno Camon i4.

Tecno Camon i4

The TECNO CAMON i4 ships with a mid-range MediaTek Helio A22 processor for the 2GB / 3GB RAM version and a MediaTek Helio P22 processor for the 4GB RAM version and 32GB / 64GB  of internal storage.

The Camon i4 runs on Android 9.0 with HiOS 4.6 on top, keeping the lights on is a 3500mAh battery with support for fast charging.

I do hope the fast charging isn’t the same as the Xcharge on the Tecno Spark 2 because that means it’s not actually fast charge. Tecno deserves this shirt on that note

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Design And Display

I’m quite impressed with the fact that Tecno decided to go with the dewdrop notch on this device instead of that lousy Apple-like rectangular notch. This one is quite similar to the one on the Samsung M20 and I’d say it’s not bad at all considering the fact that they’ve been giving us phones with notches since the release of the Camon 11 Pro.

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You basically get a 6.2-inch IPS Capacitive display with an 81.3% screen-to-body ratio. It’s not something you would call totally bezelless as there’s still as small chin below the device.

Tecno Camon i4

Camera 

The Camera is one of the selling points of this device as the smartphone’s triple camera has a 13MP, 8MP, and 2MP lens combination, which means you would get an impressive performance while taking photos and recording videos at 1080p. The secondary camera at the front is a 16-MP lens and great for selfies. You also get better quality when calling someone via video so cheers to the Snapchat and Instagram Slay Queens.

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Software And Hardware

In the specifications department, I’ll give Tecno a B+ on this. The Camon i4 comes with a MediaTek Helio A22 chipset clocked at 2-GHz combined with a Cortex A53 quad-core processor, which takes charge of the Camon i4’s performance. In the graphics department, you get A PowerVR GE8300 GPU to take care of the graphics. There’s also a 4GB variant that comes with a higher Helio P22 Chipset.

Storage

The Camon i4 comes with 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded to 256GB via a memory card. There are 2GB, 3GB, and 4GB variants.

Network And Connectivity

The new Tecno Camon i4 offers a variety of options for easy connectivity, which includes 4G with VoLTE (Voice Over LTE), Wi-Fi, mobile hotspot, micro-USB, GPS, Bluetooth, etc.

Battery

The Tecno Camon i4 ships with a 3500 mAh non-removable lithium-ion battery which means you get a battery that’s enough to last you 10 hours when used actively and about 36 hours when on standby

TECNO Camon i4 Specifications

  • Display: 6.217-inch (1520 x 720) pixels) HD+ display
  • Chipset: 2GHz Quad-Core MediaTek Helio A22 12nm processor / 2GHz Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P22 (MT6762) 12nm processor
  • RAM+ROM: 2GB / 3GB RAM with 32GB storage, 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD
  • Operating System: HiOS 4.6 based on Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • SIM: Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD)
  • Camera: 13MP + 2MP rear camera, 8MP 120° ultra-wide camera, quad LED flash; 16MP front-facing camera
  • Sensor: Fingerprint sensor, AI Face Unlock
  • Dimensions: 156.9×75.8×7.96mm
  • Network: Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS
  • Battery :3500mAh battery

Pricing

The price of the Tecno Camon i4 for the 2GB + 32GB variant is N49,000 ($140)

The price of the Tecno Camon i4 for the 3GB + 32GB variant is N55,000 ($154)

The price of the Tecno Camon i4 for the 2GB + 32GB variant is N63,000 ($175)

So what do you think? Is this your next smartphone

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How Multiple Cameras Work On Android And iOS Smartphones

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How multiple cameras work on smartphones have always been a question on the minds of most people and 2019 is the year of multiple cameras and many if not all smartphone brands have released phones with multiple cameras. You’ve probably seen the Nokia 9 Pureview with 5 cameras and the Huawei P30 Pro that comes with 4 cameras  (40MP + 20MP +12MP +TOF Camera) and 50x optical zoom.

https://www.gadgetsnow.com/mobile-phones/Huawei-P30-Pro

 Huawei P30 Pro

How Multiple Cameras Work

These two devices come with crazy specifications but I won’t go into that right now, maybe in another post.

However, have you ever tried covering the main camera of your device with a dual camera?

If you haven’t, try doing that right now.

You’ll notice you are actually blocking the whole camera. That leaves the question – What do the secondary cameras do and how do they work.

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How Multiple Cameras Work

Now I want you to understand this. Most OEMs have other uses of their secondary camera other than the ones I’m going to mention below. These are just the basic functions of the secondary camera.

The secondary camera improves the overall clarity of the image with the help of a “Monochrome” feature. The secondary camera only records the black and white version of the image. With the help of the Monochrome sensor, the primary camera measures how much light is coming from the point of focus.

Previously (with the exception of the Google Pixel 3), the primary camera in smartphones normally handled the measurement so there was a very high possibility of losing some detail while measuring light intensity since it would still need to work on the color filtering.

So this extra burden is handled by the second camera which takes care of that area. Combining the monochrome image which has detailed information about the light and sharpness with the colored image that was captured by the primary camera will produce a rich and detailed image.

In some phones, the secondary camera acts as the zoom lens. Huawei uses their cameras on the P30 Pro a bit differently but going into the entire details might end up making this post a bit lengthy and a bit boring for people who aren’t hardcore techies so I’d try to keep this balanced. However, if you’d like to see that in another post do let me know in the comments.

So that’s basically how multiple cameras work on smartphones

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