Last year's Samsung phones were not exactly what you wanted to call earthquakes.
The Galaxy S9, S9 Plus and Note 9 did not have many noticeable changes from the 2017 Galaxy S8, S8 Plus and Note 8. Yes, they had faster processors and other soup components. But they kept the same design, which allegedly damaged the demand for smartphones.
After all, why buy the new, more pricing model units when the models last year are almost as good? It has been the problem for Samsung and other handsets, which tend to store big updates every other year, if so. There is a reason why Apple and the Samsung handset are slowing down and the global smartphone market is said to be in recession. We keep everyone on our phones longer than before, and it is tougher for smartphone manufacturers to produce large, flashy innovations.
For Samsung in 2019, it's going to change.
New components from own business, Qualcomm and others will enable some of the biggest innovations in phones we've seen this year. It includes ultra-fast 5G connectivity and truly flexible folding screens. No longer just a black, rectangular glass plate, smartphones this year and next, can be much different from anything we've used before. We can actually get excited about phones again.
"2019 will really be a breakout year for Samsung," says analyst Bob O & # 39; Donnell. "It puts them in a very unique position as truly being seen as a technology leader."
Samsung's big year starts next week at CES in Las Vegas.
The company is not expected to have mobile news on the show, but will instead focus on its TVs and home appliances. It's the next month that will probably mark the debut of Samsung's next flagship, the Galaxy S10.  Galaxy S10
The next year's flagship phone from Samsung may not be the most stylish device (it's likely to be the foldable phone, called Galaxy X or Galaxy F.
Samsung refused to comment. being the collapsible gadget), but it is expected to offer many major changes. It is important, since the Galaxy S10 is the phone most Android users ready to upgrade, will consider.
First up to the Galaxy S10 is the 5G, the new taste of mobile technology that will speed up the coverage, coverage and response of wireless networks. It promises to get phones to upload and download data 10 to 100 times faster than with today's typical 4G LTE networks. Movies can be downloaded in seconds, instead of minutes. 5G networks will roll out in the US and around the world in the coming months, starting with smaller cities before coming to major metropolises and even rural areas.
Samsung has said it will introduce a 5G phone for Verizon, AT & T and other wireless providers in the first half of 2019. It is believed that a version of Galaxy S10 comes with 5G connection, but it is likely that Samsung will not offer 5G on all their phones. 5G components are expensive and the service is not yet available in all markets. This means that the 5G variant is likely to be expensive.
Another likely great feature of the Galaxy S10 is a screen fingerprint reader. Samsung is expected to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, the first chip to support Qualcomm's 3D Sonic Sensor, an ultrasonic fingerprint reader built into the screen itself.
That means Samsung fingerprint readers could get back to the front screen, rather than next to the phone's lenses at the back – some consumers complained about. With the 3D Sonic Sensor, Samsung can still offer a screen that extends across the front. It is expected to be much safer than Samsung's Face Unlock technology.
These two features alone are likely enough to woo many smartphone buyers who have been waiting for the sidelines.
Consumers who want the absolute latest and the best in smartphone technology can findappealing. The company has been talking about the unit for many years and in November. It uses a new display technology called Infinity Flex Display, which allows you to repeatedly open and close the device without screen impairment.
The device becomes a compact smartphone when it is closed and a more extended tablet when fully opened. Apps are seamlessly transferred between screen sizes, allowing you to retrieve your tablet where you joined your smartphone. And you will be able to use three active apps on the larger screen.
The first version of Galaxy X / F is likely to be sold in small quantities as Samsung perfects the user experience and app developers on board. The unit will not be cheap. Samsung can look at foldable as the mobile market's future, but it still needs to give us a reason to see the device as more than a gimmick.
"Samsung must make people understand, if you buy that phone, you don't need a tablet," says analyst Carolina Milanesi, Creative Strategies. "Or you can keep your PC for another two years because the time you spend there will be a minimum. "
TV, appliances and smart speakers
Just because Samsung has tons of mobile news this year does not mean it forgets its other operations. will mark the introduction of the company's latest TVs and home appliances, as well as news from its Harman speaker and auto-tech companies, Samsung allegedly integrates Google Assistant into new TVs, rather than focusing exclusively on its home-compiled Bixby voice assistant.
Launched in 2017 on the Galaxy S8, Bixby has been criticized as not smart enough to be very helpful. Only 4 percent of US adults who have access to voice assistants on a smartphone use Bixby, according to a September survey of Voicebox.AI. That's 44 percent for Siri, 30 percent for Google Assistant and 17 percent for Alexa.
But Samsung does not give up. Its developer conference in November centered on Bixby and AI, with the company saying it plans to integrate Bixby into more than just mobile devices, open the software for developers and make it work with five more languages. The goal is to switch Bixby from a way to control phones to a platform that works across all Samsung products and various third-party apps.
Bixby is already working on smartphones, TVs and refrigerators, and we could hear more about it at CES. And there will soon be even more devices, including tablets and Samsung's still unreleased smart speaker, called Galaxy Home. Unveiled in August, it combines Samsung's design and AI smarts with Harman's sound knowledge, but the design has become like everything from cauldrons to fondue pots and grills.
Samsung has not yet given a start date or sales price for Galaxy Home, but it is likely that the speaker will beat the market this year.
Meanwhile, we have many phones to think about.
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