Happy New Year techies! Its the first day of 2019 and its another exciting year for tech. Based on the rumors and leaks we saw, here are some of what can we expect in the world of tech this year.
Samsung Revamping its Smartphone Line up
Although still leading in the smartphone race, Samsung is losing some market share in key markets such as China. We expect a more simple line up of phones in 2019 – The S line which is the flagship line, the premium mid range A-series and the entry level and midrange J-series.
Samsung plans to announced four new Galaxy S series of smartphones this year, one of which will be 5G capable. What about the Note series? We come to believe that Samsung will no longer make the Galaxy Note series and will be replaced by a “Pro” Galaxy S smartphone later this year.
As for the Galaxy S10 models, we can expect them on February already and not on CES 2019 this January.
5G is the new standard of mobile communications. I had a grand introduction in 2018 and even local carriers Smart and Globe have announced their respective 5G roll out in the Philippines. Aside from smartphones and laptops, 5G will also connect other smart devices such as appliances and audio/visual devices better. Even Android Auto and Apple Carplay will get 5G connectivity as well.
More Competitive Windows Laptops
Laptops made a grand return when tablet sales began to slide down. We’ve seen impressive laptops from Dell, HP, Lenovo, ASUS and Acer last year. We expect laptops to become more battery efficient, powerful and slimmer too. Prices have become very competitive as well. We believe 2019 will be perfect time to buy a new laptop this year.
RIP Notch in 2019
One of the most hated feature we had in 2018 is the dreadful notch on a smartphone screen. Apple was first to introduced the notch in 2017 with the iPhone X and many Android OEMs followed this trend in 2018 except for one brand, Samsung. But Xiaomi, OPPO and Huawei has tried to solve the notch dilemma by putting the front facing camera behind the screen via a slider mechanism. For us it is a smart solution to the notch problem. In 2019, we expect more smartphone will incorporate this idea and we are excited for it!
Same same for Apple
As for Apple, we find the company really stubborn by not listening to their loyal and potential customers like removing the audio jack, their reluctance to integrate to USB Type C, lack of customizations on iOS and charging so much for their products. These simple reasons why Huawei has dislodged Apple as the No. 2 smartphone brand in smartphone shipments and sales. We expect nothing new from Apple in 2019. Unless, Apple would listen to their customers and give them what they want.
Better Audio on Smartphones
We admit that we are not audiophiles but we know good sound. Since many brands have omitted the audio jack, perhaps its time to put much better speakers on phones. One of the best audio on a smartphone are the Galaxy Note 9 and the iPhone XS. In 2019, we expect more brands will follow Samsung and Apple’s lead when it comes to audio quality.
Better Sounding Bluetooth Earphones
The reason why we still want an audio jack is because we think Bluetooth earphones are not par with wired earphones when it comes to quality. Last year, though we have not much reviews on wireless earphones, we’ve seen some improvement of wireless earphones when it comes to quality. Sony is taking charge when it comes to wireless audio. Noise cancelling headphones like the Sony WH-CH700N will be more popular among audiophiles next year. We look forward on reviewing more wireless earphones this year.
Sony To Introduce Better Smartphones
Sony continues to make smartphones but doesn’t make much profit with them. The company earns profit more on audio accessories, gaming consoles, enterainment, TVs and camera modules for smartphones. We believe Sony will try to shock the smartphone world with their next flagship smartphone for 2019. We’ve read rumors that the Sony Xperia XZ4 will get a bigger display, no notch, a big camera module at the rear and a big battery. Sony remains to be fastest in terms of software updates. The company has updated its flagship Xperia XZ2 to Android 9.0 Pie in September 2018 and it will likely to continue in 2019.
The Much Awaited Nokia Flagship
After the Nokia 8, the 2017 flagship of HMD Global, the company that makes Nokia smartphones, there is no 2018 flagship for the company and instead, they focused more on midrange smartphones. The Nokia 7 Plus is our favorite smartphone for 2018 and now running Android 9.0 Pie. In 2019, we expect Nokia to reveal their latest flagship. Rumors show that the company is working on a phone with 5 rear cameras. We are not sure when will this smartphone will be announced but we suspect its debut on MWC 2019 in late February.
Huawei Continues to Shine in 2019
Huawei did great in 2018 and it is likely to continue in 2019. Though facing some pressure with the US Government and it allies, we believe Huawei will continue to wow people this year. We expect notchless Huawei flagships this year and better camera tech in partnership with Leica. We also expect better software support next year and faster updates to the next Android version.
Huawei vs Xiaomi
The rise of Huawei in the past two years was because of its camera tech partnership with Leica and the company invests heavily on R&D. Another Chinese smartphone maker, Xiaomi, is expected to compete with Huawei head on this 2019. If Huawei invests in R&D, Xiaomi listens to its customer base which is one of the fastest growing fanbase in the world. If Huawei leads the Chinese market, Xiaomi leads the Indian market which is also a large market. Xiaomi has recently entered the European market and poise to enter the North American market this year. We expect a battle of supremacy between these two Chinese tech titans this year.
Another exciting year is ahead of us techies! Happy New Year to everyone!
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