The year 2018 saw smartphone users spoilt for choices with a pool of exceptional smartphones. Some of the main attractions were refinements in phone design, software innovations, and stunning photography among others. That said, here are some smartphone trends to watch as 2019 unfolds.

5G Speeds

As much as most experts believe that the impact of 5G technology on the mobile market will be limited in 2019, it is expected to be the next big thing, as far as internet speeds. As manufactures embrace 5G technology, we hope to have more 5G-enabled smartphones in the market this year. However, this technology might take years before it is rolled out.

Fast Charging

With the pursuit of slimmer phones, battery technology has been left at an impasse, and most manufacturers have their hands tied when it comes to improving their battery capacity. Instead, they have steadily been working to reduce recharge times. With Chinese manufacturers like Oppo and Huawei leading the way, this trend remains unmistakable.


As both hardware and software technologies running out of steam, manufacturers have turned you adding more megapixels and lenses. Smartphone photography has taken the mobile market by storm, and it is not expected to slow down any time soon. In light of this, Xiaomi is poised to unveil a smartphone with a 48-megapixel camera with Nokia and Huawei trotting behind with 41 and 40-megapixel cameras respectively.

Hole-Punch Displays

Smartphone manufacturers are always looking for better ways to locate the front camera. In light of this, it is clear that bezels will shrink further in 2019. There are strong reasons to believe that manufacturers will continue having them on the displays. This implies that new releases in 2019 will feature a notch or hole-punch display. Samsung, iPhone, Oppo, and Huawei have shown us how this can be done; however, expect more as the year unfolds.