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From foldable devices to smarter assistants, technology to expect in 2019

In new year 2019, gadgets are expected to get a major transformation, setting the stage for devices that would change the way we interact with technology

Khalid Anzar  |  New Delhi 

and gadgets to expect in 2019

Technology and gadgets to expect in 2019
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From the news of when to expect a first 5G smartphone to a glimpse of a foldable screen device, the year 2018 set in motion a lot of things that would materialise in the new year 2019. The and space is expected to get a major transformation, setting the stage for devices that would change the way we interact with Business Standard lists some of the upcoming devices and technologies:

with bendable screens

Foldable devices with bendable screens
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Galaxy X

Since its inception, have been bearing a bar shaped form factor that cannot be bent, twisted or folded. However, things are about to change and soon there would be devices with bendable screens, making the concept of a reality. Last year, South Korean electronics giant unveiled a working prototype of its first at its developers’ conference. Called the Galaxy X, the device boasts an inward bendable screen and a secondary screen on the outside. The (tablet-cum-smartphone) is expected to be unveiled this year.
Not just Samsung, other smartphone makers like LG Electronics, Lenovo, and are also known to be working on their own foldable devices, which are expected to be unveiled sometime this year.

Rollable televisions

Roll-able televisions
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LG rollable television

The rollable screen technology has been around for some time. However, it has not yet found its way into consumer-ready products like smartphones or televisions. Last year, LG showcased its 65-inch rollable TV at the Consumer Electronic Show. This year, and are expected to unveil televisions with rollable screens. While the utility of such televisions is still unknown, it is safe to assume that these upcoming televisions would at least address the space and portability issue that the current generation televisions face.

5G in smartphones

5G in smartphones
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Find X prototype with support

With all the optimism around the 5G network, it is safe to assume that the next generation of mobile connectivity would start to roll out by the end of 2020. However, to ensure that consumers have compatible devices when the technology rolls out, smartphone makers are working over time on devices with support. These are expected to be launched sometime this year. Chinese smartphone maker has already showcased a 5G-ready prototype based on its Find X smartphone. OnePlus, another Chinese company, also revealed its plan to launch a 5G smartphone this year. Likewise, Samsung, Huawei, and other smartphone manufacturers are also said to be working on their own smartphones with support.

Camera in screen or punch hole screen

Camera in screen or punch hole screen
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View 20 with punch hole screen for selfie camera

If 2018 was about notch-screen smartphones, 2019 is going to be about smartphones with ‘punch hole in screen’ or ‘camera in screen’. has already unveiled the Nova 4, has showcased the View20, and Samsung has in store the Galaxy A8s. All these smartphones have a new screen format with selfie camera placed inside the unconventional hole on screen. From now, expect the smartphone market to have a lot more launches with such an unconventional design.

In-flight calls and internet services

In-flight calls and internet services
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Representative image

Soon, passengers will be allowed to use their to make calls and access the internet in airplanes. In a notification dated December 14, 2018, the government stated that airlines could provide in-flight in partnership with an licence holder. In-flight and maritime connectivity (IFMC) can be provided using on ground as well as using satellites.

Smart personal assistants

Smart personal assistants
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This year, digital personal assistants such as Assistant are expected to become smarter. They will get new abilities that would make them converse with you in a natural tone, fix appointments for you at the restaurant or with the doctor, and do a lot more. Take a look at Assistant in work in the video below:

First Published: Tue, January 01 2019. 13:11 IST