In 2019 the direction of smartphone competition is extremely promising. With the release of the S10 lineup and preview of the Galaxy Fold, along with others like the Huawei P30 Pro marks the era that more manufacturers are going to develop premium $1,000 plus flagship devices. The demand for premium spec phones has increased with more competition from Apple, Samsung, Google and now Huawei. The next top tier leak is the OnePlus 7 Pro which is rumored to cost significantly more than their previous devices. This goHere Insight will preview our top three anticipated phones for the year.
OnePlus 7 Pro
The two main features of the new OnePlus 7 Pro are the “breakthrough” display upgrades and 5G connectivity. Pete Lau, CEO of OnePlus, has said that they are spending three times as much on its display with the 7 Pro than previous models. We are excited to see how OnePlus redefines fast and smooth with the reported 90HZ refresh rate that rivals premium gaming phones from Razer and Asus.
OnePlus is taking a chance at targeting this market and going away from their mid-range pricing category by tripling their display costs. With the quality of phones OnePlus from the past few years and success from the OnePlus 6T McLaren edition we are optimistic about this release and shift towards higher refresh rates in smartphone displays. Visual experiences are the future and as more devices adopt new screen technology, the possibilities for immersive video and other content are endless.
The OnePlus 7 will come in a regular and pro version. Only the pro will come with the new fast and smooth 90HZ display. The respective phones will come with the new Snapdragon 855 chip with either 6 or 10GB of RAM. Expected release is in May and pricing has not been disclosed yet.
Samsung Galaxy Fold
The Galaxy Fold is one of the most talked about devices of 2019. It was set for release on April 26th but with the recent screen issues being reported it seems Samsung may hold off the release. However, this phone is still in a new category of its own and is capturing attention. The massive 7.3 inch display when unfolded is fantastic for productivity and viewing content. The device will come with 512GB of storage and 12GB of RAM which merits the $1,980 price tag.
Samsung has been a leader/influencer in screen technology over the past half-decade with their beautiful AMOLED displays and curved edge technology. But, if they want the foldable phone phenomenon to not just be a fad that lasts one generation, they should address these concerns before the users have a chance to deem the Fold an overpriced, underwhelming flagship of 2019.
Huawei Mate X
Joining in the foldable phone race is Huawei with the announced Mate X which will sport an 8 inch corner-to-corner display with 5G capabilities. The phone is priced even higher than the Samsung at $2,600 which extremely limits the potential users who would be able to afford this phone.
Huawei hasn’t released any information regarding a launch date but they are expecting sometime around June. We are excited to see more on the Mate X especially how the screen compares to the Galaxy Fold. The screen when closed is rumored to be 6.6 inches, which is much more usable than the 4.6 inch closed screen on the Fold. By far the most innovative display feature for the Mate X is a secondary screen on the back of the phone that measures 6.5 inches. Having the closed front, back, and fully opened display stomps on the Fold in terms of display utilization.