How 2020 Smartphones will Differ from Previous Models?


How 2020 Smartphones will Differ from Previous Models?

What phones will be in 2020? No, not what, but exactly what – what will manufacturers try to surprise us with, and what functions will become the “standard”.

Screens with a refresh rate of 90-120 Hz

The screen of an average smartphone can be updated at a frequency of 60 Hz – that is, 60 times per second. Thus, at best, we get 60 frames per second in the animation of the interface or in games (maybe less, but more – no). In principle, this is enough in most cases, but today smartphones have reached a certain limit, when there are almost no important parameters for development (well, except for the camera), and you can think about the screen frequency.

In general, models with a frequency of 90 Hz were previously. Apple also introduced the iPad Pro tablet with a 120 Hz screen several years ago, so there’s no need to talk about any new technology, however, in 2020, judging by the announcements of various manufacturers, we will see a significant increase in models of smartphones with “multi-Hz” screens .

Asus ROG Phone II – one of the first smartphones with a screen frequency of 120 Hz

What in practice gives us an increase in the refresh rate? Smoother scrolling through lists, more accurate work with styluses (if supported), shorter screen response time, and, overall, the smoother the animation, the nicer it looks. But only if, of course, if the frame rate of this animation corresponds to the refresh rate of the screen, otherwise there will be no sense.

It is worth noting that not all games on a smartphone allow you to use a high refresh rate. Some games are “locked” at 30 frames per second and do not reveal the potential of even 60 Hz screens. But developers are following technical innovations, so the farther, the higher the FPS in mobile games.

At the moment (if we talk about models available in the Russian Federation) there is only one phone with a frequency of 120 Hz – this is Asus ROG Phone 2, but with 90 Hz it’s already bigger – there is OnePlus 7 Pro, and Razer 2, and Nubia Red Magic 3 – but finding them in Russia is already more difficult. In 2020, there should be more such smartphones, and, of course, the same Asus and OnePlus will continue to focus on high frequency. We also expect an increase in the frequency of the screen from Apple (in the new iPhones), Samsung (in the new Galaxy S and Note), Xiaomi, as an option – Oppo.

Folding screens
The fact that a year ago it seemed like nobody needed exoticism is rapidly gaining popularity. Smartphones with folding screens are being announced more and more – and even Apple has patented its technology, how you can eliminate the appearance of a dent in a fold.

Apple patent. This design should prevent bending-dents.

Of course, probably a few more nearby models will be more experimental. But the farther – the more they will be released and the better they will become. To date, of the already released models, only Samsung Galaxy Fold can be noted, plus there is a prototype from Huawei – Mate X. However, although Huawei troll Samsung for their failures with the first launch, the Chinese have not released their smartphone (I assume that they Now it’s not a bit of it – sanctions first, and now coronavirus), but Samsung seems quite happy with the result and in the near future we will also see the Galaxy Z Flip.

With this Mate X photo, we remind Huawei that it’s not enough to joke on Samsung – you also need to finally release the smartphone with a flexible screen yourself

Xiaomi also announced intentions to try themselves in this area. Apple will not see the “bent” phone this year, but the patent mentioned above can push Chinese developers to action (if they have the resources to do this).

Folding screens are a technology that the market really needs. As I have said more than once – people do not need large smartphones, they need large displays – and a foldable smartphone can provide both a large diagonal and small dimensions when folded.

5 cameras per flagship
Many manufacturers took the course to increase the number of cameras last year, but in 2020 it can be expected that 5 cameras will become the standard for flagships (and not including the front camera). Why so much?

First of all, in addition to the familiar and obligatory already wide-angle lens, an ultra-wide-angle and a tele-lens have also taken for granted. I already said that the lack of zoom is the only problem of smartphones compared to compact cameras, and that installing multiple lenses is a completely effective solution to this problem (for real zoom you need a lot of space inside, although there are such examples too; but in any case, optical zoom It is quite slow, switching the lens is much faster).

Judging by the latest leaks, about such a hob is stuffed into the Huawei P40 Pro. In the already released Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, we see something similar

Further, the set of modules may vary, but the options are: a separate macro lens (sometimes an ultra-wide-angle lens with autofocus appears instead), a low-resolution camera used as a depth sensor for realistic blurring of the background, and super-zoom – 3.5x, 5x or 10x. Of the exotic options – an IR camera or some analogue of it.

Charging speed
The previous two years were marked by a rapid increase in battery capacity (finally). Users have long forgotten jokes about an Android smartphone that runs out in half a day, although a couple of major manufacturers still ignore the problem (but they don’t really care, either). However, along with the capacity comes another thing – quick charge. It is clear that this is also not a novelty, but already in 2019 we saw how a smartphone with a 4000 mAh battery can be charged in 40 minutes (Realme, Oppo).

Full charge in 35 minutes is already a reality

In 2020, this trend is expected to strengthen – charging in 1.5 hours will be maximum, most smartphones will either charge the same or even less, but most importantly, we expect an increase in the operating time of the smartphone from some short (for example, five-minute) charge.

It is possible that some manufacturers will also accelerate the speed of wireless charging, but in general it should be noted that its development has stalled.

Front camera under the screen
We have been waiting for this for a long time, and, unfortunately, it is not a fact that in 2020 we will finally see models with a camera under the screen, however, manufacturers will definitely try to hide this camera, maximizing the screen area in relation to the smartphone case. Xiaomi even came up with a “bend” screen behind the back: in fact – so much space disappears.

According to rumors, even Apple can still get rid of its nightmarish monobrow and fit the front-end and the entire Face ID block into a narrow upper frame. Well, that would be logical.

A new iPhone could be like this. Although, it is unlikely. But in the Android camp, something similar is more real.

In any case, the frames around the screens will be smaller and not at the expense of any tricky mechanisms, like Oppo Reno. Of course, this is also a working option, but to lay out the camera for a long time, and sometimes you just need to have it always (to unlock the phone, for example).

Well, of course, support for fifth-generation networks will now be almost everywhere. Yes, in Russia this is not yet relevant, but let’s recall how we developed 4G – the military argued with the signalmen for a long time, and then it worked. Of course, in 2020 it is in our country that you should not expect this, but if you are traveling, 5G may come in handy.

5G support is already standard for flagship smartphones in 2020

Be that as it may, smartphones with 5G in 2020 will release, if not all, then almost everything. Both individual versions, with a 5G prefix, and flagships, where support for such networks is built by default. In 2020, smartphones from Samsung, Huawei, Oppo, ZTE, Xiaomi, OnePlus, Vivo should definitely come out with 5G support. It may be worth counting on Apple, but that’s not for sure.

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