Here’s a look at some of the hottest trends that made 2017 quite a memorable year.
The mobile phone industry has evolved at breakneck speed. This year has seen the launch of many phones with several intriguing features. Smartphone makers have come up with striking bezel-less designs and full screen displays. Handsets sporting dual cameras, AI-enabled virtual assistants and an aspect ratio of 18:9 are in vogue. Here’s a look at some of the hottest trends that made 2017 quite a memorable year.
Smartphones with a full-screen or a bezel-less design figured in the list of trendy options this year. The idea is to offer a larger screen without increasing the dimensions of the phone. A majority of the smartphones, ranging from Apple’s iPhone X to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8, have joined the bezel-less bandwagon. The trend of offering bigger screens has percolated down to more affordable options as well. Handsets like the Vivo V7 Plus, Honor 9i, Micromax Canvas Infinity, Xiaomi Mi MIX, Doogee Mix and Vernee Mix 2 sport bezel-less designs.
A full vision display, with an aspect ratio of 18:9, has been a conventional feature of most of the phones launched this year. The LG G6 was the first phone to offer an 18:9 aspect ratio display. Samsung followed suit and offered the Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8 with such a display. Some of the best phones in 2017, viz. the Google Pixel 2 XL, Honor 9i, OnePlus 5T, Oppo F5 and LG V30 come with an 18:9 display.
Last year Huawei and LG took the lead by launching phones with a dual camera setup. This year has seen an increase in the number of devices offering dual cameras with amazing functionalities. Huawei’s Honor 8 Pro, OnePlus 5T, OnePlus 5, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Nubia Z17 Mini, Nokia 8, Moto X4, Gionee A1 Plus, Honor 9i and Lenovo Note K8 are some of best dual camera phones of 2017.
Phones offering a smart AI-enabled assistant were on the rise this year. The Google Assistant comes with quite a few exciting features, which make it a hard-to-compete with digital helper. Others include Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana and Samsung’s Bixby.
The voice-based virtual assistant from Google allows you to control smart devices in your home, manage tasks, plan your day, find answers for your queries, search for photos and much more. Some of the flagship phones which support Google Assistant are Pixel, Pixel XL, Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, HTC U Ultra and HTC U11 and LG G6.
The Apple iPhone 7 and Moto Z switched from headphone jacks to digital and wireless audio in 2016. Taking cue from them several smartphone manufacturers have done away with headphone jacks. An obvious benefit is that by removing the headphone jack, you can allocate more space to a bigger battery. Currently, phones from major brands like Samsung, Moto, Huawei, LG and HTC are offering USB-C ports.
We’re now looking forward to better and smarter phones in 2018. Let’s hope the year turns out to be as exciting as 2017 has been.