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Smartphone trends 2020 that seem way too crazy
Smartphone trends 2020 that seem way too crazy
If you're reading these lines from the screen of a good old one-camera Chinese phone that you purchased a couple of years ago and think that this is how a smartphone should look like, you're terribly mistaken. 2020 has just started and what we have at the moment in the mobile phone industry is mind-blowing.
Legit.ng together with Jiji analyzed main tendencies of this year.
More cameras, I need more cameras
Zooming, wide-angle capabilities, more quality portraits, enhanced image detailing, and even augmented reality. Phone manufacturers feel that all this stuff does matter for us and do literally everything to outcompete their opponents.
The first and one of the most striking trends in 2020 is multiple cameras. Many high-end mobile phones included multiple camera modules and lenses to their year's flagships.
Reasons? In general, top-grade smartphones with double-lenses and improved image processing give better results than their single-lens phone models.
Nokia 9 PureView
Just look at this Nokia 9 PureView launched last year with this camera-flower on its back. It looks like they wanted to be in trend and still do it in their own way.
Nokia 9 PureView
Just look at this Nokia 9 PureView launched last year with this camera-flower on its back. It looks like they wanted to be in trend and still do it in their own way.
Or what do you think of this Samsung Galaxy S20 with its 4-camera module? Smartphones will run on the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, have support for 4G-5G, 8-12 GB of RAM and have an increased battery.
Samsung Galaxy S20
The expected price of the Galaxy S20 model is about
The same is happening with Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro. The base model Mi10 will receive 8 or 12 GB of RAM, a 4500 mAh battery with fast (40 W) and wireless (30 W) charging. The main camera will be with a resolution of 64 megapixels and three more additional modules for 20, 12 and 5 megapixels.

Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro
The presentation will take place on March 27. The expected price is from
The advantage of Huawei is its cameras and 2020 is a perfect opportunity to demonstrate it one more time with their Huawei P40 that is equipped with 4 cameras (bite it, iPhone!)

The main feature of the P40 Pro model is that the phone is going to have a 5500 mAh high-capacity graphene battery with support for 50 W fast charging technology. It will make it possible to charge the battery by 100% in just 45 minutes.

Huawei P40
The presentation is expected in March. The projected price of the P40 and P40 Pro is about
All in all, as every smartphone maker tries to outdo another with an extra camera, we're likely to behold additional camera modules almost at every free spot of future devices.
Are you flexible enough?
Ultra-thin and lightweight, foldable, rollable, and bendable, flexible displays become increasingly sought-after among technology geeks and wealthy common users.

In 2019, flexible screen technology became mature enough to be adopted for commercial products. The pioneer of these developments is Samsung. It spent about ten years developing such displays to launch the first such product on the market ― Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Z Flip later.
Galaxy Z Flip
These are experimental, but commercial models. If Fold is more a male product and sales have proved it, then Z Flip is more likely addressed to girls than to men.
Nokia 9 PureView
Just look at this Nokia 9 PureView launched last year with this camera-flower on its back. It looks like they wanted to be in trend and still do it in their own way.
Fascinating is that not only tablets, smartphones, and wristwatches have become a basis for flexible screens. Nowadays, it's possible to find flexible digital signages and electronic shelf labels.
Another good example of foldable smartphones is Motorola Razr. The manufacturer has crammed a 6.2-inch flexible OLED panel into a body, which looks like its classic flip phone, fitted out with another screen on the outside to quickly check notifications and take selfies.
Motorola Razr
Among other smartphones with a flexible display, we would highlight TCL Trifold with a pleated 3-screen display, Sony Xperia F with a seamlessly bending body and display, and LG BENDI whose project is still in the dark but is of interest somehow because of LG being a big screen manufacturer not only for mobile phones but TV and laptops as well.
Looking at all these novelties in smartphone design, the question arises: do we need all this? We have already got ideal smartphones with bigger screens, longer battery life, and sharper camera ― things we really needed.
It was perfectly put by Paolo Pescatore, a technology analyst for PP Foresight, about all these bleeding-edge technologies:
It's a solution looking for a problem.
The only hope is that nowadays experiments with multiple cameras and foldable displays are just a transitional stage to something really great. Samsung Galaxy Flex could be this breakthrough. However, today that seems more about rumors and science fiction than an actual smartphone on the store shelf.
And while we all are waiting for a next-gen smartphone, we suggest going to Jiji and buying a new conventional smartphone. Choose among top and niche producers, reach out to the seller, and purchase a useful device for the price suitable for your budget from the comfort of your house.