Explosion! That’s what comes to mind when I think of what happened in the world of technology in 2019. In smartphones, the triple camera setup become mainstream with sensors ranging from 48MP to 64MP, pop-up cameras replaced smaller notches, and affordability became one of the core aspects of devices. The advent of 5G technology made connectivity even faster, e-sports became a phenomenon, mobile gaming broke all records, and televisions that cost Rs 12 crores!
What next? More explosion? Well, it’s not unlikely. What we are sure of is the fact that things are changing rapidly in terms of technology. So, let’s look at some of the gadgets that we think are going to lay the foundation of the future holds for us. Now, there are a lot of products that will be launched in 2020, like Samsung Galaxy Note 11 and 8K TVs, but we’ve shortlisted only those gadgets that are already making noises in the media corridors.
The rumours about this smartphone series started to surface a few days after the Galaxy Note 10 was launched globally. The Galaxy S11 will likely come with a flagship chipset and optional 5G support. It is also said to come with 108MP smartphone camera sensor and is likely to sport different design than its predecessor. Renders show a rectangular camera module with up to five cameras and an LED Flash. The phone is expected to be launched sometime in February.
Noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that Apple will launch the iPhone SE2 in the first quarter of 2020. The phone is said to be more affordable than the rest of the Apple iPhone line-up. The phone is likely to sport an iPhone 8-like design and is expected to feature powerful hardware, like an A13 processor and 3GB RAM. Kuo predicts that Apple will sell 30 – 40 million units of the phone in 2020. Also, it’s claimed that Apple iPhone SE successor will be called the iPhone 9 and not the iPhone SE2.
The gaming industry is the new cash cow, and experts forecast that it will generate a total of $196 billion in revenue by 2022. Probably that’s why Google, Microsoft, and Sony are investing heavily in the industry. Microsoft and Sony have already said that the next generation of their gaming consoles will be launched in 2020. The initial design renders of both the devices – Sony Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X – are already out.
With the iPhone 11 Series, Apple is expected to regain its lost market share. Analysts believe that the Cupertino-based company will employ the same strategy in 2020. It may even launch five phones in the 2020 iPhone 12 Series. Recent reports claim that the series would include a handset with a 6.7-inch display, two with 6.1-inch screens, and one with a 5.4-inch panel. Each phone will have support for Sub-6GHz and/or mmWave 5G.
While Samsung has already launched a foldable display device, LG is determined to take things to the next level. LG showcased its rollable TV at CES 2019, and this year the South Korean company is likely to launch it for the masses. Called LG SIGNATURE OLED TV R, the TV can be used in three different ways – Full View, Line View, and Zero View. In Zero View, there is no display to see, which means that users can only enjoy music through its 4.2-channel, 100W front-firing Dolby Atmos audio system.
The OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7 Pro made 90Hz refresh rate mainstream in 2019, and now it’s being reported that the OnePlus 8 Series will strengthen the company’s position in the market by incorporating a display with 120Hz refresh rate. It’s said to come with a quad-camera setup on the back and is likely to do away with the pop-up camera in favour of a punch-hole display. On the other hand, its affordable variant, the OnePlus 8, may come with a 90Hz display and a triple camera setup.
Lenovo breathed life into the dying Motorola. And now it has become one of the few companies that have launched a foldable smartphone. Called Motorola Razr (2019), this is probably the most affordable stable smartphone to be launched in 2020. The handset comes with a flexible screen that folds completely in half, like a book, to give it a traditional Razr look. At the front, there’s a secondary screen for faster access to notifications, music, Google Assistant, and more.
The Redmi K30 Series is likely to give the OnePlus 8 Series a run for its money. The alleged images of both the smartphones – the Redmi K30 and Redmi K30 – are making rounds on the internet. The Redmi K30 Pro will be launched with the Snapdragon 865 5G processor, up to 12GB RAM, and UFS 3.0 storage. It is also expected to feature an AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and two punch-hole selfie cameras.
Microsoft has already exhibited the Surface Neo and Surface Duo in the US, and the Windows-maker will launch these devices in the second half of 2020. Both devices are foldable, but they play by a very different set of rules. The Surface Neo is a dual-screen device and has a 360-degree full-friction hinge that connects two 9-inch screens. When seen together in an unfolded form, a user gets a full-size 13-inch LCD display. Surface Duo is basically like the Surface Neo but with two 5.6-inch screens that unfold to become a single 8.3-inch screen.
Disclaimer: Some of the images used in this story are for illustrative purposes.