Smartphone Trends Without Borders

How are things going in the smartphone industry? Quite anxious. It is 10 years of the iPhone, and the whole world is waiting for the bombing, space, and generally incredible iPhone 8. Samsung and LG are preparing releases of clamshells, from Google and other manufacturers buyers are waiting for modular devices. All this speaks of one thing: top manufacturers are looking for new forms, form factors and devices in order to stand out in the market of monotonous black shovels of cases with more or less homogeneous characteristics. But there are manufacturers who hold their nose to the wind, try to find compromises and make WOW-smartphones at an adequate price.

This is Chinese nouney

Perhaps this is the first trend that we in Gearbest see as no one else - simply because order statistics are available to us. Customer confidence in Chinese manufacturers is quite justified - at least due to the fact that many unknown brands grew out of companies that just produced (and still produce) components for top Samsung, LG, Lenovo, Nokia, etc. That is, they ate the dog for the components, and buying other parts from the neighbors without branding is a matter of a couple of contracts. Actually, for these reasons, the Chinese nouneyma disappoint less and less, and even become developed landmark companies. So it was with Xiaomi, and MEIZU, and One Plus.

And here are just two examples.

UMIDIGI Crystal 4G Phablet is a frameless smartphone with an 8-core MTK6750T processor, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of built-in. The size of the display - already become a classic 5.5 inches, running Android 7.0, has a neat metal frame and a thin glossy case, which managed to get a 3000 mAh battery. This smartphone is equipped with a dual camera 13 megapixel + 5 megapixel and frontal 5 megapixel. Now the smartphone is in pre-order and is available at a price of $ 159.99. (But the flash- price may be priced at $ 139.99 - take a moment). By the way, have we already told that we have a pre-order price on Gearbest most often below the sales price?

Another nouneym, but an impressive model - Vkworld Mix Plus 4G Phablet , which comes in beautiful dark blue and dark gray body colors. The smartphone has a 5.5-inch display, MTK6737 Quad Core 1.3GHz processor, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal. The main camera is 8 megapixel, the front camera is 5 megapixel. With not the hottest processor and the battery is not the most capacious - 2850 mAh. Characteristics, of course, fall out of the trend, but for a hundred bucks ($ 99.99 with a GBVKMIX coupon for the first 100 orders per day from August 7 to 14) - something not superfluous. Yes, and $ 109.99 for him is not a pity. By the way, by buying this phone, you can add car chargers for $ 0.99 and win a free smartphone, as well as interesting gadgets and coupons.

5G - no longer mythical speeds

5G is being talked about more and more often - test launches of the fifth generation networks took place in professional forums, in mobile operators in the leading countries of the world (including Russia). Already, you can safely say that 5G will become a new telecommunications standard, and until this time is within reach. Faster internet connection and improved bandwidth will significantly increase content consumption: users will be able to comfortably drive 3D photos and 4K video over the network. At the same time, 5G is predicted to be more careful with device batteries - well, in simple terms. But the main advantage of 5G is the ability to communicate devices inside the hubs of the Internet of things. Experts expect tangible IoT value growth until 2022.

Remember everything

Memory expansion is another trend that is almost unstoppable. Already there is a wearable electronics with 256 GB of memory and the ability to expand up to 512 GB. And this value will increase for the same reasons: users will need to store the content created by high-quality cameras, work with business, creative and entertainment applications. And all this on one screen of what we called the “cell phone” ten years ago. Continued to get the story of cloud storage for mobile content and the Internet of things.

Outside the trends could not stay the one who in many ways creates them. We are about Xiaomi, or rather, about Xiaomi Mi MIX Ultimate . Guess what the display size of this exquisite shovel? 5.5 "? No. 6.0"? Not. 6.4 "with a resolution of 2048 x 1080 (2K)! The smartphone is running a proven and constantly updated operating system MIUI 8, on board - 6 GB of RAM (the laptop on which this text was written, sighed heavily and condemningly purred), 256 GB of internal memory (just like our envious laptop), Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor. The main camera is 16 megapixel, writes video in 4K. The monster weighs 209 grams and includes a 4400 mAh battery - the big ship has a lot of fuel. from previous models - $ 616.37.

Size matters

Those born before 1990 can remember how micro-mobile phones — tiny keyboards — appeared in high school and at the institute. We looked at them from the lucky classmates, rubbed our Nokia 3310, Siemens A35, and who more abruptly - the first colored Motorola and thought that by the end of the university, the smartphone would be about the size of a watch or, well, a car keychain.

And here is one of the first mobile phones:

But we were wrong: if a year ago we lamented that 5 inches was a shovel, now smartphones (phablets) with a diagonal of 6 inches began to appear on the market. We do not want to nakkat, but it seems that this is the future new standard. And the novelties of this summer confirm our forecasts.
The MAZE Alpha 4G Phablet smartphone for $ 224.99 is a modern frameless smartphone with features that were designated as trends at the beginning of 2016. On board the smartphone processor Helio P25 Octa Core 2.5GHz, Android 7.0, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal. Separately, it is necessary to say about the processor Helio P25 - in general, it was created for smartphones with two cameras and VR capabilities, but its use in any smartphone opens up possibilities for the camera. In this model, there is a main 13 megapixel + 5 megapixel camera that can take clear and vivid photos. The display of the smartphone is 6 ", so you hardly need a tablet with it. Well, with such a bright huge display and powerful processor, the 4000 mAh battery is obviously not an unnecessary device. The smartphone is thin, stylish, pleasantly in the hand and quite suitable for business people.

Thick and thin

But what has always been valued in the phones is the thickness, or rather, the slim body. Motorola became the pioneer who made it his chip:

The story from the video "Exhibit" disturbed the soul at all times

And modern models adequately maintain the norms and fit a capacious battery into the thinnest case (and quite recently we and our colleagues wrote something like “the case is thick, but this is a tribute to the 4000 mAh battery”). Now no tribute. Moreover, there was a new trend, which was dictated by Samsung and instantly sold out on manufacturers - frameless smartphones and smartphones with a rounded display glass. On the one hand, this is a useful use of the entire screen, and on the other - the ability to increase the diagonal, without changing the ergonomics.

In general, there are two types of grip. One - for smartphones with a diagonal of up to 4.5 inches. This is quite a convenient option for one-handed control, even if it is a female hand or a teenager's fingers. The user easily reaches all the controls of the smartphone. In the case of a diagonal of 5 inches, access to the main menu items and phone controls with one hand becomes difficult and the second hand is used, and this is already a minus to ergonomics. Actually, the rounded edges solve this question - it is on them that you can set the necessary functions and applications.

Moreover, we are waiting for a smartphone, which, among other things, the front camera will be located below. If we talk about frameless smartphones, then the Elephone S8 4G Phablet model was one of the long-awaited Chinese new products in July. But in July did not take place - they say the launch was postponed to the beginning of winter. In any case, this is another trend exponential model: a 6-inch curved display, the latest Helio X27 processor, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of built-in. Expected front-facing camera (8 megapixel) at the bottom of the case and a fingerprint scanner collection - agree, not the most familiar places. The smartphone promises some technological solutions for high-quality sound. However, we have not yet received the full and final specification. Anyone wishing to learn about the smartphone first and get a low presale price can leave a request - we will send a notification as soon as the first models appear in our warehouse.

Among frameless smartphones Doogee MIX 4G Phablet looks good for $ 206.90. This is a strict black model with a dual camera (16 megapixel + 8 megapixel), processor Helio P25, operating system Android 7.0, as much as 6 GB of RAM and a 3380 mAh battery.

No less interesting is the budget, but powerful novelty - Bluboo S1 4G Phablet for $ 159.99. And we have five reasons for such a statement:

  1. 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of built-in - the RAM of the laptop on which this post was written is smaller. He was shy.
  2. The Helio P25 processor in combination with a 13 Mp + 5 Mp dual camera - the photos are simply incredible: colors, clarity, color rendition - everything is up to par. And if you show the photo on the display, it seems that all the images are deep and three-dimensional.
  3. 5.5 inches is already a big display size. But at the same time, the smartphone is very conveniently controlled.
  4. 3500 mAh - a powerful battery to support all this power.
  5. Durable, bright screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (FHD). By the way, for particularly careless, protective glass and case - as a gift.

And where are the dial keys?

This question can really enter into a stupor, and all because smartphones have long ceased to perform their main function - voice connection with the subscriber via GSM networks. Now it’s a single management hub for everything: a smart home, a drone, a fitness tracker and even a car with an installed intellectual system. Do not forget that the smartphone is also a means of payment: Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay - this is just the beginning.

See how the world uses smartphones

In general, this is another trend and, I think, a new vector of manufacturers' race: the creation of additional devices. All the top vendors, we see smart watches, bracelets, diverse sensors, etc. Some companies, for example, Xiaomi, create their own Internet and even a whole world of things - their vacuum cleaners, coffee machines, home access and security systems, lamps and even a mop and scooter are already integrated with a smartphone.

Speaking of the Internet of Things. Bluetooth 5 will soon replace the existing Bluetooth 4.2. The range of availability of devices will increase to 120 m (now about 30 m), and the data transfer rate will be up to 2 Mbps. So smartphones will again have to adapt.

Yes, he is steeper than SLR

Cameras have already evolved before our eyes - smartphones with dual main cameras have appeared, and 3 megapixels on the front is just a shame, you need at least 5 megapixels, and even better 8 or 16 megapixels. Technology of photos in 3D, complex panoramas and video 360 in each iron on a smartphone and tablet is not far off. Of course, the development of cameras will spur the development of processors and the tendency to increase memory. Interestingly, in a couple of years we will write about a terabyte of memory in a smartphone?

See how the camera advertised the most recently:

Another pre-sale smartphone with a dual camera is the LEAGOO KIICAA MIX , a phablet with a 5.5-inch display for $ 139.99 (for now). The device is equipped with a powerful processor MTK6750T Octa Core 1.5GHz, runs on Android 7.0, has 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory. This smartphone is distinguished by the power of the cameras: again, the main one is double (13 Mp + 5 Mp), and the front one - as much as 13 Mp. We could write that this is a paradise for lovers of selfies, but in fact the smartphone is equally suitable for those who like to take the morning look on the treadmill, and for a serious business person who removes working papers or mechanisms. Viability of the smartphone is guaranteed 3000 mAh battery. By the way, the phone remarkably pulls the game and pushes to the idea of ​​giving such a model to a senior student on September 1. Say what you like, but the student’s forced fence from the Internet does not look so promising. A smartphone for some 8,500 rubles is a good option for a motivating or incentive gift.

India, China - conquer new market

In fact, the market in Europe and North America is oversaturated, the manufacturer is pompous, the user is fed up and there is nothing to catch Chinese brands and noonayms there. New markets look like this:

These countries together account for 40% of the population of the Asia-Pacific region and one fifth of smartphone sales in the region. And, in fact, Russia is also a pretty appetizing piece for manufacturers of gadgets and wearable electronics, especially in the budget and middle price segment.

Of course, all trends are closely interrelated and interdependent. Pleases one thing - that you can find a decent smartphone for any purpose in all price segments. Now this is not a luxury, it is just a necessary application of our life: like a notebook in the 70s, a calculator in the early 90s, a telephone in the early 2000s. It remains to develop a teleport.


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