Failed the scanner under the glass

Samsung in 2017, decided not to bomb the

announcements at MWC, but quietly to submit its next Galaxy S to separate your own event. There were no surprises and some fantastic innovations, and what’s more, there was even an embarrassment – the fingerprint scanner is gone from the front panel to the rear and is situated right near the main camera lens. Miss it with your finger and slap the lens in the end – simple.

The fingerprint scanner on the Samsung Galaxy S8+

Apple autumn presented the most interesting your mobile – iPhone X. it did not turned out to be the fingerprint scanner. Copertina suggested to use “the most convenient, accurate and error-free” facial recognition Face ID, which actually turned out to be not very accurate, not very comfortable and not at all infallible.

Apple iPhone X

The reason these two incidents alone – the suppliers were not able to provide both ultrasonic sensors recognition of fingerprints, which will work without direct contact of the finger and the sensor. That is, through the glass of the screen. And Apple and Samsung to the last hoped on this but had to back out and got the most controversial episodes in the biography of their new flagships.


Smartphones finally become multifunctional screen with a few bells and whistles. Physical buttons are becoming less connectors disappear (ever wireless charging in General will allow to create a monolithic gadget “without holes”), and the whole front panel is a display with no frame. This year the trend is especially evident with the mass appearance of the screens 18:9 (or 2:1), allowing maximum use of surface of the front panel.


And he asked this trend is not the same “trendsetters” in the face of Apple and Samsung, and LG, who offered the first smartphone with such display – LG G6. Someone habitually called such a strange decision — after all, most applications in this format is displayed “framework” was created-they are the old-fashioned way, the 16:9 format. But soon the scheme was picked up by other Koreans, then Apple with the iPhone X, and Huawei with the Mate 10 Pro, Xiaomi and OnePlus, and very cheap Chinese. The following year, the release of the smartphone with the traditional display format will be considered something strange. Perhaps the rapid introduction of some technologies to the mass market in my memory.

Organic crystals

LCD displays seem to still go. In principle, it’s long overdue, but while Apple used a liquid crystal panel in the Main Gadgets of our time, everyone else could too, to save and not to fuss. But the iPhone X has a AMOLED display. It is a signal. Soon flagship smartphone will no longer be equipped with LCD displays- has responded Google (Pixel 2), Huawei (Mate 10 Pro) and ASUS (Zenfone 4 Pro). HTC did not react (U11), and key reactionaries in the world of smartphones, Sony (all series Xperia XZ1). These swings will swing some times, but obviously, the LCD still has no future.

Google Pixel 2 XL

It is also worth to say a few words about the display resolution of a few years here we can see a certain stagnation, racing the pixel density doesn’t happen. Appear even the flagship with a Full HD resolution, like mentioned several times already Mate 10 Pro. But the diagonal of the screens are constantly growing, which especially became apparent with the introduction of 18:9. The pixel density is less than 400 ppi is still considered bad form, so the resolution is less than 2K we soon will meet.

Artificial intelligence

Huawei have long held a high place in the list of best selling smartphones (we’ll discuss below), but does not go in the list of innovators. Well, maybe, this year, the Chinese managed to secure a place in the future timesheet “first in the world.” Introduced in autumn Kirin 970 chip was equipped with a special module responsible for operation with neural networks, which should automatically make them feature phones “the most intelligent in the world.”

Any real benefits to the end user today, this feature of the SoC HiSilicon doesn’t discover how to spot artificial intelligence in smartphones with him on Board, almost impossible. And you could say it’s another dust in the eyes of marketers… But in the fresh Qualcomm flagship Snapdragon platform 845 does exactly the same thing! Software developers have to do is start to use the new capabilities of mobile platforms – and, perhaps, our lives will change. Maybe not.

By the way, we cannot say that the market for mobile platforms, nothing has changed: rules Qualcomm (only on the flagship Snapdragon 835 was presented more than 20 devices), Huawei and Samsung partially release gadgets based on their own platforms, has also introduced one smartphone on its own platform and Xiaomi. Mediatek chips are mostly used in ultrabudgetary devices.

The Return Of Nokia

In the past (already before last) year we had to rest a series of Lumia smartphones, Microsoft finally ditched, but along with it the Nokia brand is still not gone. Specially created for the revival of the legendary name of company Global HMD powerful shot at MWC 2017 just three smartphones on Android and is designed to attract attention, “replica” Nokia 3310 – which is about all he wrote, but almost no one bought it.

And in the summer there were 8 flagship Nokia. All, now was the time to say exactly what the Finnish company is back and pumping out a unit beaten, “the long haul”. But to be honest, it seems that there is not very seriously and hardly a very long time – smartphones, in contrast to the new 3310, very good, but competitors they are distinguished only big name. Other competitive advantages firmly occupy the market companies have returned Nokia no; it is necessary to come up with something, otherwise this attempt to go again in the same river will end as usual.

The Chinese don’t stop

These things can be copied from one final article to another many times. Probably, as long as the top five mobile phone manufacturers in the world will not consist entirely of Chinese companies. Today it has three of the five lines, you can flag the Chinese flag: the third, fourth and fifth positions are occupied by Huawei, OPPO and Vivo. The last two, by the way, in the fall of 2017 officially entered the Russian market – though not too confidently. But Huawei shows such growth that it is possible to predict possible displacement of the Apple from second place in 2018.

Other interesting trends of note the explosive growth of sales Xiaomi is a recent startup in the beginning of the year seemed mired in problems: the departure of a key senior Manager, patent problems, the slowdown in the growth of the company. Well, by the end of last year it was possible to conclude that Xiaomi went back to the mountain – including in Russia, where the smartphones of this company first entered the top three in sales.

Traditionally finish the final article is a small subjective list of the most interesting smartphones of the year. And will touch upon this in the first place flagship devices because of the ultrabudgetary devices (up to 10 thousand roubles), budget (up to 20 thousand rubles) and secondary level (up to 35 thousand rubles), we spoke in the specifically dedicated collections.

The best smartphones of the yearSamsung Galaxy S8/S8+

Series edge gone – now other flagships, except with screens, creeps at the edges of the case, and Samsung doesn’t. And it’s the right decision – what trifles.

This year, with the exception of a very controversial location of the fingerprint scanner, as we have said above, misses the Koreans did not commit. It again excellent smartphones: a very powerful, technologically advanced, with huge screens (5.8 and 6.2 inch for “regular” and “plus” versions, respectively), and one of the world’s best mobile cameras. And no problems with overheating – the story of Note 7 is not repeated. This year Samsung has done without scandals and only strengthened their positions.

The best smartphone of the year – Apple iPhone X

Most innovative smartphone of Apple since iPhone 6 (or iPhone 5?)! The most powerful smartphone! The smartphone with the best camera! Smartphone has no frames around the display!

Yes, from Apple this year turned out to produce something really fresh – iPhone X in fact, at least attracts attention. As a maximum – it is encouraging that Apple’s gunpowder, not just to skim the cream from the market, and to move the industry forward. But the iPhone X has also become the most expensive smartphone in the world – really not that much impact on the profit it will bring. In any case, is certainly the most discussed smartphone of the year. And this time discussed not only the manufacturer, but because of a number of technical features.

The best smartphone of the year – LG V30+

LG has released perhaps the most pleasant to use smartphone of the year, which again has no chance of becoming a real hit. Why? Yes, just because it’s LG, not Apple or Samsung. Even the name of Xiaomi, perhaps, “sell” smartphones better.

Yes, V30+ is a very expensive smartphone. But very good – powerful, beautiful, with a great camera, screen and devoid of any controversial points, like the die in the middle of the screen in the iPhone X and a poorly positioned the fingerprint scanner in the Galaxy S8. If you want a really cool smart phone without limitations in funds, and on major global brands you have allergies – here’s a great option.

The best smartphones of the year9 Honor/Huawei Mate 10 Plus

From Huawei in this application fall into two smartphone, therefore to choose one of them I just didn’t. Honor 9 traditionally, this is the sub-brand took place probably the best in the market of the device in terms of price and quality – except that soiled body slightly reduces its practical value to most buyers.

Honor 9


Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Huawei Mate 10 Pro looks the same as the first flagship that can compete with rivals from more established brands. Except that charisma he lacks some serious features as its main chips is declared the most “artificial intelligence”, but on real experience using it (yet?) but it didn’t help. And so it is one of the most easy to use and (subjectively) the best quality shooting smartphone.

The best smartphone of the year – HTC U11

The most controversial “nominee”. Perhaps his presence here is dictated by some nostalgia – still want to see the giants of the past like Sony, HTC or Nokia kept some positions.

And HTC U11, in contrast to all the flagships listed above, there are very bright disadvantages. For example, a very modest battery life and LCD display, not OLED. There is also a mini Jack, but today it is almost the norm (X, iPhone and Huawei Mate 10 Pro is also deprived of it). However, this smartphone is really pretty (much nicer than the Google Pixel 2, which also produces HTC), shoots great, waterproof and, most importantly, much cheaper than all the above vehicles, not including 9 Honor. Cheaper – only flagship Xiaomi, OnePlus Nokia Yes.


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