2018 will be remembered in the world of smartphones as the year of popularization of the notch, rather than as a necessary notch for the face, as a fashionable aesthetic element. It's also a year when the dual lens seems to be not enough and the year in which biometric systems coexist, such as face recognition by reading fingerprints on the screen. A smartphone is a field in which innovation is a fantastic race.
We already have a clear line of the year, but, Which terminal was the most innovative of this 2018 year? We asked Engadget editors that more phones had been tried and that's what they replied.
OPPO Find X
I think the way it should be done was not the best, but I think it's a good start or at least something like "it turns out we can do it." The mobile camera module and face recognition is a full-fledged innovation, breaking with previous designs and uses and closer to that infinite screen (or, rather, without frames) that emerge from the producers, although as we have seen in the analysis, in the end they do not end up practically at all, and there is a constant suspicion whether ash and other factors will compromise the mechanism (or itself system, due to exhaustion, etc.).
However, I think it is a kind of Note Edge, that terminal that was not successful by any means, but it was a turning point for the design of Samsung's lead and in some way began with a fashion of curved screens. After Find X we saw Xiaomi Mi MIX 3, with a (simpler) mobile alternative, so we can see solutions similar to this from OPPO before folding up mobile phones, which is the basis for improvement.
Although more and better options will appear in the future, I think the innovation award will be awarded this year to Oppo Find X (999 euros). That was slapping on the table, while many debating about the notch and other alternatives to maximize the screen of the phone. His camera deployment system is very ingenious and is also a solution that preserves the aesthetic and rather intuitive for the user.
How it will age or its price are separate issues, but, of course, I think the Chinese company is brave here with this creative alternative.
It may not be the best phone for this year in 2018, although at some points it was approaching the top, but I think OPPO Find X deserves the title of the most innovative phone of the year. He did not invent something that no longer existed, as pre-smartphones had already been played to hide the camera in other parts, but his automatic mechanism to hide and display the camera proved to many you can have an ideal 100% screen without a grid & # 39; or other inadequate cuts, although we normalize them.
We can not take long to see that the design of OPPO Find X has entered the competition, because although we already see similar proposals, the engine is typical of the Chinese brand, now exclusively. Sure Let's remember this Find X over the years. Maybe your proposal stays there, but it will not be because they did not try and they risk it.
Although I think it's a very poor year in terms of smartphone innovations, I think OPPO Find X deserves special mention. While almost all the pledge on the notch, the Chinese firm wanted to flee from it with a mechanism that, although it may have its flaws in terms of endurance, brings something new that he likes, to the point where Xiaomi copies (more or less) his Mi MIX 3.
Of course, I'm talking about a camera that can pull out. The hand feeling offered by OPPO Find X when you see the front symmetrical display and without frames is joy, which is thanks to the camera mechanism. It's an idea that looks original, well-implemented and that, to worsen, it produces good results. It is a differential factor that makes the terminal separate from its competitors and never hurts the breath of fresh air in the world of smartphones.
Leaving aside the triple camera introduced by the Huawei P20 Pro and the four cameras that make up the Samsung Galaxy A9 (484 euros), I personally believe that the mobile phone of the year in terms of innovation is OPPO Find X.
The Chinese manufacturer decided a curious motorized sliding system to get rid of the notch hiding the front camera and opting for an advanced face recognition system to get rid of the print reader.
With all of this, this model is achieved screen / front ratio of nothing less than 93.8%. The system may be more or less successful, but there is no doubt that it is innovative. And for this we must add that OPPO prepares the version of Find X, which will be the first smartphone with 10GB of RAM on the market.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Innovation in the smartphone sector has been very complicated for years. At the end the differences they mark come in the form of software, like the camera of pixels, or with hardware improvements. Since things like getting the Oppo Find X camera system are interesting, but they do not give real value.
Therefore, Mate 20 Pro (1049 Euros) seems to me to be the most innovative. The P20 Pro experience has improved the proposal with three rear cameras that give as a whole the most widespread camera of the moment. Then, aspects such as the screen, design and features of the Kirin 980 make it a very round terminal.
The manufacturer who made a major breakthrough this year in many parts is Huawei. Mate 20 Pro incorporates much of the innovation we have long sought and also you get a very balanced experience.
On the list of differential aspects is huge: the fingerprint reader is hidden on the screen, it is a super compact model, it has one of the fastest 40W load on the market, has reversible wireless charging, and several manufacturers can boast of having their own processor like Kirin 980.
In addition to these additions is the theme of the triple camera, Huawei managed to create a trend and with its Mate 20 Pro, the features we've seen in the P20 Pro are further expanded. Hybrid zoom, portrait mode, night time and wide angle photography.
They are not exclusive options for them, but they managed to incorporate them into the same mobile phone without being strange to the user. A smartphone that managed to increase the best mobile of the year is precisely for the entire research work behind.
Although others have done this before, I think the two most impressive and useful innovations this year are the integration of the three cameras and the fingerprint sensor below the screen, and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro has very well integrated ideas with a truly complete smartphone.
At present neither one nor the other fully shows that it is better than its predecessors (the only Pixel 3 camera or the front sensors as the P20 Pro are good examples), but it's an interesting leap when it comes to goes further in mobile photography and on screens with almost no frames which are clear points of interest by the users.
Huawei P20 Pro
Huawei P20 Pro (575 euros) was the first one includes a triple camera and also sealed the quality of Leica.
How to communicate between a monochrome sensor, a 40MP RGB, and a telephoto lens, I mean tagged it before and after the mobile photo. And that, of course, is to be valued.
Undoubtedly the P20 Pro, because I think it marked the trend that was adopted by most TOP phones, the triple camera and I think it was a jump that marked the year.
It's also obvious to be the first to properly conduct the AI Following the steps of Mate 10, another aspect that has been "normalized" in mobile phones this year.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
I will break the javelin for Note 9 (857 euros), because although it looks very continuous, there is an element of "Mobile that allows you to have experience with free friction connectivity"
Again, it's a gradual improvement, not a big invention that changes the concept of last year, but I think it's full of that future machine for everything and always which will end up like a phone.
Xiaomi Mi A2
Although there are many innovations in the night photograph of high-end terminals, for me the most innovative terminal of the year was, without giving any miracle, Xiaomi Mi A2 (179 euros), so it can contribute to all kinds of pockets.
In front of him, I think that the mid-line photo was submerged in the dark, even in terminals that doubled the price. From Mi A2, the good photo, which in 2015 looked very good at the high end, is in everyone's hands for less than 250 euros. Before and after
For a year in which innovation in the smartphone world was not overwhelming and almost everything revolves around AI applied to the camera, with results that generate more doubts about reality, my innovative product of the year in the mobile will be for OnePlus 6T549 euros.
More specifically, I will take you A reading system fingerprints below the screen, a technology that works very well to be the first generation and has given me back the advantages of having a fingerprint reader on the front and all without sacrificing almost without a frame design.
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