We are on the verge of 2017, just a few days left for the new year 2018. Though the smartphone industry was not of much excitement. However, we saw a bunch of innovations, discoveries, and failure too. Though 2017 was not exciting like 2016, some products have attracted the whole world towards it. So, we have prepared a list of Top Four smartphone trends and innovations of 2017, as follows.
18:9 Aspect Ratio and Less Bezels
One of the most interesting trends in 2017 is the aspect ratio of the smartphone screen. Traditionally, most of the smartphone featured the display with 16:9 aspect ratio, which is standard for televisions and feature films in theatres. Similarly, the smartphone also came with 16:9 aspect ratio.
Since when the LG came up with LG G6 which used the 18:9 ratio for its 5.7-inch 2,880 x 1,440 display, the smartphone market has literally been flooded with the 18:9 screens. On the top, fewer bezels gave the screen a big place to flow, which enabled large screen in the same size of the smartphone.
Facial Recognition, removal of Home button and fingerprint scanner on iPhone X
Next is the Face ID on iPhone X, it’s a technology that unlocks the phone by using infrared and visible lights scans to identify your face. As it uses infrared technology, it really does not matter if it’s dark, it should work.
It is a form of biometric authentication. Passwords, security dongle or any apps might be hacked easily, but the biometric recognition seems more secure, as no people’s face is same, even twins have different face structure, at least the Apple thinks so.
In 2017, the Apple came with iPhone X overstepping the number 9, additionally, they removed fingerprint scanner and home button too.
On the other hand, people in China call the iPhone X as the racist phone because it really does not differentiate the Chinese faces. There are many cases that one’s iPhone X being unlocked by their friends or family members easily.
120Hz refresh rate in smartphone
Another interesting thing that happened in smartphone world in 2017 is, first ever 120Hz refresh rate display. Normally, the standard refresh rate is 60Hz in a smartphone but a new company (in smartphone industry) came up with 120Hz of screen refresh rate, which is insane. The difference between 60Hz and 120Hz refresh rate is quite noticeable. 120Hz looks insanely smooth, compared to 60Hz.
The Razer mainly produces the gaming computers/laptops, however, after acquiring the Nextbit Robin company, they come up with first ever 120Hz screen on Razer Phone, which became on of the highlights of 2017.
It really does not matter how expensive your smartphone is, it always needs the old-fashioned SIM card inside to function properly. However, after the launch of Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL such SIM seemed to be replaced by the embedded SIM card inside the phone.
It is the form of an integrated SIM chip, one that cannot and needs not be removed from a device – something that consumer electronics manufacturers are also keen to adopt for connected items around the house as part of the Internet of Things, and something that’s been used by some car manufacturers too.
Well, in short, 2017 was not an innovative year, at all. But some trends like 18:9 aspect ratio, 120Hz refresh rate in smartphone screen, eSIM, Apple Facial Recognition, are some tech developments that attract the world tech community. Hope such trend and innovation will still live in 2018 too.