This year, the smartphone industry has seen a shift in a perspective. Once dominated by devices carrying powerful innards, the industry has now moved the focus to features – along with top-tier specification sheet that adds a distinctive value to otherwise capable smartphones.
18:9 Aspect Ratio Screen
Until yesteryear, most of the smartphones used 16:9 aspect ratio screens and the differentiating factors are mostly seen in the form of display tech – AMOLED, IPS, TFT, LCD etc. — resolution, pixels-per-inch (PPI) and brightness. This year, however, the industry moved to ultra-wide 18:9 aspect ratio screen, which accommodates more screen estate in a compact form factor i.e. a 6-inch screen device looks as big as 5.5-inch.
LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8-series were the first of batch to carry futuristic 18:9 aspect ratio screens, and the trend gained momentum in no time. Now, in the last leg of the year, most of the smartphone manufacturers have either flagship, mid-tier or budget offerings carrying the ultra-wide aspect ratio screens.
Dual Camera Set-Up
The year also witnessed smartphones with dual-camera set-up for selfies. However, there are not many phones currently featuring two cameras on the front. Next year, we may get to see more devices with dual-camera set-up on front and back.
Though still in early stages, these technologies create space for manufacturers to explore the limitless possibilities, a sample of which is seen in a few smartphones that were launched this year.
The 3.5mm audio jack, which has long been a common feature in smartphones, finally made a debut. Apple set the precedence by removing the headphone jack from iPhone 7-series. The feature is now slowly taking over the smartphone industry.