5G smartphones are going to be taking over in 2019, with many of the biggest names in the business confirming 5G-ready handsets are scheduled for next year
Samsung led the way with its Galaxy S9 accounting for 2.6 per cent of global smartphone models sales market share. In second place was also Samsung with its Galaxy S9+ which also accounted for 2.6 per cent.
Apple was in third place with the iPhone X taking 2.3 per cent while its iPhone 8 Plus took fourth place with 2.3 per cent and the iPhone 8 was in fifth with 2.2 per cent.
Point your Mate 10 Pro at a menu, street sign or newspaper article, take a picture using the Translate app, optimised in partnership with Microsoft, and the Huawei Mate 10 Pro will automatically detect the text language, translate it and overlay the translation on top of the image, combining AI and augmented reality.
The quality of the photos from the Mate 10 Pro is fairly exceptional. Like the iPhone 8 Plus and Samsung’s Note 8, it has dual lenses (designed by Leica, for extra kudos). Unlike those phones, there’s no telephoto option: both the lenses are at wide-angle 27mm focal lengths. One of them, at 12-megapixels, is full colour.
The HTC U12 Life also has a dual camera on the back, which is a feature you’d expect on a very expensive phone – not one that costs less than £300.
The dual-camera is made up of 16-megapixel and 5-megapixel shooters, which work together for a depth effect.
This “bokeh” effect lets you take awesome portrait shots, blurring out the background while keeping the subject in focus.
HTC’s rear camera can also capture 4K video at 30 frames per second, or Full HD footage at 60 frames per second.
The front-facing cam is no slacker, either – it’s a 13-megapixel snapper with its own LED flash, for glorious night-time selfies.
OnePlus is working hard to associate the OnePlus 6T with the in-display biometric sensor. While it’s not the first handset to do so, it should be the first handset available in Western markets. That will continue the association of the OnePlus brand with cutting-edge smartphone technology, and provide it with a key comparison against the likes of Samsung and Apple.
Yet for all these caveats, be prepared to get caught up in the buzz of the iPhone X (pronounced ten, not ex). Apple unveiled the device — its most expensive smartphone ever, starting at $999 — in September alongside the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, which are cheaper models with familiar features. The iPhone X arrives in stores on Friday, and Apple has encouraged people to line up early.