Gadget lovers know that companies are always hard at work developing new devices and updates while doing their best to keep details from leaking out. However, the product cycle of popular models is something that has been firmly established in the annual calendar.
Every year, we look forward to the newest releases in these smartphone lineups.
Starting with the original iPhone back in 2007, Apple’s iPhone lineup has been setting the trend for smartphones. We’ve seen at least one new model every year since then, and the company shows no signs of bucking that trend. The naming convention, however, has been a little more difficult to predict ever since the iPhone X.
This year, the rumors point to an iterative update to the line, although some renders show a strange triple-cam layout at the rear, part of a protruding square. A newer, faster processor and OLED displays are highly likely at this point.
Samsung Galaxy S
The Galaxy S was not the first Android phone by Samsung, but it stayed the course and has been updated every year since 2010. Every new version improves on the previous model, sometimes incrementally and sometimes adding features that are head and shoulders above those of older units.
With the Galaxy S line avoiding the notch in 2018, rumor has is that the Galaxy S10 will instead come with a punch-hole screen (which is already used in existing midrange models) called the Infinity-O display. Three models are said to be coming, with the official launch happening at the yearly Unpacked event in February.
Samsung Galaxy Note
When the first Galaxy Note came out in 2011, it was so much larger than most other smartphones that it earned its own category name: phablet (phone + tablet). While many tech experts were sceptical about the portability, users were happy with the large screen and the added functionality of the built-in stylus.
Fast-forward to this year, and we’re looking forward to the annual release of the latest model (which will probably be called the Galaxy Note10, since Samsung skipped the Note6 name in 2016 and went straight to Note7). While rumors are scarce at this point (the Note line is usually announced mid-year), the upcoming device is said to have a display larger than any of its older siblings.
Compared to the other smartphones in this list, Huawei’s Mate line has seen a lot of changes since the original debuted in 2013. The first model, known as the Ascend Mate, had a large display but was intended for the midrange segment. On the other hand, the 2018 versions (Mate 20, Mate 20 X and Mate 20 Pro) are firmly flagship material.
While there are no solid rumors so far, some sources expect the upcoming models to have up to five cameras, as well as continue having the novel reverse-charging function seen on the Mate 20 lineup.
OnePlus released its first smartphone (the OnePlus One, dubbed the “Flagship Killer”) in 2014. The next year, the company launched the OnePlus 2 and the budget OnePlus X. In 2016, the company came up with the OnePlus 3 and the late-year update, the OnePlus 3T. This dual-release convention continues to date, with the current version being the OnePlus 6T.
While OnePlus products have been steadily increasing in price, they still manage to provide flagship specs at lower-than-flagship prices. The next release is expected to continue to follow this trend, and rumors say that it will have an edge-to-edge screen and either a punch-hole display or a slide-up front camera.
There are a few devices that do not quite have the history of the previously mentioned brands, but whose updates are still eagerly awaited every year.
When Mi launched the first MIX, it was only the second smartphone to have a nearly all-screen front display. As notches and sliding cameras weren’t around at the time, it managed its signature look by relocating the front camera to the device’s chin (which wasn’t a very good angle for selfies).
The existing model is called the MIX 3, and it uses a sliding configuration for the front camera and has up to 10GB of RAM. It will be interesting to see what the next version will do to up the ante.
Pocophone has currently only released one smartphone (the F1), but that model got a significant amount of attention by offering flagship specs (Snapdragon 845 processor and 6GB of RAM) at a price point that puts it well within the midrange segment.
If Pocophone can follow the trend for its next product, that device is sure to excite many people looking to get top-level performance without having to spend a lot.
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