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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.

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Top 5 Cheap Android Phones In Nigeria Below N70,000

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Top 5 Cheap Android Phones In Nigeria Below N70,000 ( January 2019 )

Getting an affordable smartphone with great specifications can be a very difficult task with all the different smartphones so that’s why I decided to put up this post about the top 5 cheap android phones in Nigeria below N70,000 so you can have a little glimpse of what you can get for that amount.

 

Cheap Android Phones In Nigeria Below N70K (January 2019)

 

1. Redmi Note 7

top 5 cheap android smartphones in Nigeria Below N70,000 Redmi Note 7

Xiaomi just launched the Redmi Note 7  in the entry-level to mid-range segment with incredible specifications and believe me this phone is down right affordable. If you follow up this blog you should know what the phone comes with, nevertheless I’ll still go into a little bit of what this device holds



The Redmi Note 7 ships with a large 6.3-inch Full HD Display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood is a powerful Snapdragon 660 coupled with a 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, expandable via micro SD card. There’s also a variant with 64GB and 6GB RAM.

The main selling point of this device is the camera. It comes with a massive 48MP Camera, at the moment, the Redmi Note 7 has no rivals in its price range.For the selfie camera you have a 13MP Camera.

Finally, keeping the smartphone on is a massive 4000mAh capacity battery,  along with an USB Type-C port. It also supports QuickCharge 4.0. This phone is definitely one of the cheap android phones in Nigeria.

(if the price on the link is too high, check back in a few weeks)

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2. Xiaomi Mi Play

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After Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 7, the Xiaomi Mi Play doesn’t really attract me as it used to when it was initially launched, but It’s still a good phone below the N70,000 mark.

The Mi Play comes with a 5.8 inch Display that is still Full HD.

Under the hood is the new MediaTek Helio P35 coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage expandable via MicroSD.

Coming to the camera, you can find two 12MP shooters on the back, while you get an 8MP fron selfie camera.

The battery is an impressive 3000mAh Battery.

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3. Lenovo S5 Pro GT

Top 5 Cheap Android Phones In Nigeria Below N70,000 ( January 2019 ) Lenovo S5 PRO GT

The Lenovo S5 Pro GT was launched in December 2018 and is one of the most overlooked phones in the market at the moment. The S5 Pro GT comes with a powerful Snapdragon 660 processor.

It also has of 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage that is expandable via microSD. The smartphone comes with a 6.2 inch Full HD Display (18:9 aspect ratio)

At the back you get aa back camera setup with a 20MP shooter coupled with a 12MP secondary camera, the selfie camera still have the same 20MP and 8MP resolution.

Powering this device is a 3500mAh battery. This phone is definitely one of the cheap android phones in Nigeria.

 

 

4 Xiaomi Mi A2

 

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The Xiaomi Mi A2 comes with an amazing Snapdragon 660 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage (which is sadly not expandable).

The Xiaomi Mi A2 comes with an amazing  5.99-inch display with a  FHD+ resolution along with an 18:9 aspect ratio.

In the camera department, you get a main 12MP on the back with f/1.75 aperture and a secondary 20MP shooter with the same large lens; on the front you get a 20MP camera.

The Xiaomi Mi A2 comes with a 3010mAh and runs on Android 8.0 Oreo

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5. UMIDIGI F1

 

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Finally, The UMIDIGI F1 Android smartphones comes with a very impressive  6.3-inch Full HD+ and 19.5:9 display and is powered by the powerful MediaTek Helio P60 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage (which can be expanded via microSD).

The smartphone ships with two rear cameras of 16MP and 8MP resolution, while at the front we have a 16MP camera for taking amazing selfies

Also, In the battery department  the UMIDIGI F1 comes with a massive 5150mAh battery, a USB Type-C port and  also supports an incredible amount of 4G LTE networks which means it can work pretty much anywhere around the world.

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Xiaomi Launches In Africa To Compete Against Tecno, iTel and Infinix

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A couple of months ago Xiaomi Global Spokesman Donovan Sung made a post about their new store that launched in Spain and also asked for suggestions on where they should launch their next store and here’s what I said.

Xiaomi Launches In Africa

This means the expansion of Xiaomi had been on the cards for a while.



If you have been following up Xiaomi for a  while, you would know that they tend to compete on the foreign market rather than their home country China due to the congestion.

Now, the company is looking to take things to the next level and come to Africa.  On Sunday, Xiaomi announced the establishment of their African Regional Department and Wang Lingming (Xiaomi’s VP) was appointed as the manager of the department.

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At the moment, in Africa we have over 1.2 billion people but the smartphone usage isn’t really too high and many people still use feature phones and because of this some phone brands don’t really do well in Africa. At the moment Transsision Holdings rules the African smartphone market with its three brands – itel, TECNO, and Infinix ranking at the very top in Africa in terms of market share.

In 2019, the Africa will become one of  Xiaomi’s main pioneers in their international business, and their biggest rival here is Transsision Holdings.

 

What I Think About Xiaomi Coming To Africa

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Xiaomi has everything it takes to succeed in Africa especially if it starts off with its recently established Redmi Brand. Redmi already have one of the core features that is missing in all the Transission brands – high quality specs at a low price. You can see how successful the Redmi Note 7 has been so far and we can guess how much the price would have been if it was a Transission product.

Transsision basically takes advantage of the mid-range and low-end smartphone market which is a strong competitive ground for Xiaomi. I believe this would also boost competition among the two brands.

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Windows 10 Mobile Is Dead As Microsoft Officially Ends Support For Phones

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Windows 10 Mobile is Dead

The support for Windows 10 phones have just ended.

Windows 10 Mobile is Dead

Although It’s very sad to see the Operating system go out of fashion, there’s nothing we can do about it. Microsoft has already confirmed that it is officially killing off support for the OS. I actually knew this would happen at some point but I didn’t know it would be this soon.



Windows 10 Mobile is Dead

So if you’re still using a Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile phone, you have less than a year to upgrade to something else preferably an Android Phone.

Windows 10 Mobile Is Dead

Windows 10 Mobile is Dead

Microsoft has already published a support page detailing Windows 10 Mobile’s upcoming End of Support.

According to the company, Windows 10 Mobile users are no longer eligible to receive updates, including security updates, from December 10, 2019. Devices that are running Windows 10 Mobile version 1703 will no longer receive support even earlier — on June 11th, 2019.

So immediately it gets to the end of support date some of the features on the device will slowly stop working and Microsoft won’t do anything about it.  Automatic or manual device backups will end on March 10, 2020.

With this notice, Microsoft just hit the final nail on the coffin of it’s mobile operating system

Alternative Option For Windows 10 Mobile

“Microsoft’s mission statement to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, compels us to support our Mobile apps on those platforms and devices,” the company said, recommending users to move to an Android or iOS device.

Do you still have a windows phone?

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