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The smartphone was a revolutionary invention that has undeniably influenced the developed world. While many companies have continued to produce advanced smartphone designs, 2019 may be the start of a new age of evolution and innovation when it comes to smartphone technology.

The quality of cellphone cameras has continued to improve over time, and they will continue to do so. Additionally, some phones like the Samsung Galaxy S10 X may feature more cameras for optimal performance, the model in question believed to sport three rear cameras and two in the front. Other phones will alter the standard placement and integration of the camera, opting for a “hole-punch” design instead of the “notch” to allow for a seamless full screen viewing experience. Other designs feature a pop-out camera to remedy the same issue.

Foldable Displays
As phones have grown to immense sizes, often too large to fit in a pocket, the foldable design of the past has been rumored to be returning. Though flip phones are unlikely to make a total comeback, flexible displays are becoming a reality. The Samsung Infinity Flex and an unnamed LG device are two smartphones slated to be released with this technology, enabling users to enjoy the luxury of large screens without any storage issues.

Fingerprint Sensors
Some phones have already begun to integrate advanced security measures such as 3D facial recognition. Coming soon, smartphones will integrate invisible fingerprint sensors. Previously, phones featured space for sensors to be placed, but with the prioritization of full screen devices, developers were challenged by dwindling (and eventually, nonexistent) space to integrate the technology. Now, smartphone designers plan to place the sensors under the display, rendering them effectively invisible while preserving their intended function.

Lite Versions
For many, the rising cost of smartphones is a deterrent. With so much reliance on smart technology, however, owning a smartphone is often necessary for certain fields and industries. Some companies plan to acknowledge this issue and release “lite” versions of their current designs. The Google Pixel 3 Lite is one example; sacrificing features like storage space and display size can allow the companies to lower the cost without affecting the functionality of the device.

Whether these designs will be as influential as previous iterations or not remains to be seen. Regardless of the success of these individual smartphones, the future of technology could provide innovative applications for smart device designs.