If something characterizes a server is analyzing with a certain critical part of the technological products that pass through my hands. I personally consider that in a market where the high end costs about 1,000 euros and the average range of about 300 should not be magnanimous, since if the negative aspects of a product are not highlighted the firm will never make efforts to improve it.. However, as a lover of technology, I can not help but excite me year after year, after seeing the innovations and innovations presented by the manufacturers.
2018 could look like a year ago more of the same. We have seen some refinement with regard to the terminals seen last year, but few products have managed to make us release a wow. However, in my opinion, 2018 has been a very important year in key aspects that I will detail some lines below, And it is that they have seated certain bases that some of us had been asking for years. So we proceed to compile the best thing they made the signatures in 2018To close the year with a good taste and face 2019 with positive and hopeful that everything continues to improve.
2018 was not bad, and I explain why
There has been a strong commitment to design
Notch has been the main protagonist in 2018, Undoubtedly, however, The design proposals have seemed praiseworthy. Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Oppo Find X, iPhone XR, Xiaomi my Mix 2S, OnePlus 6T … Firms have done everything possible to reduce bevels, bet on materials premium and offer practically luxury experiences in hand.
Only time knows if 2019 awaits the sensors under the screen or the holes as a temporary solution, but there is no doubt that We are facing one of the most relevant times in terms of design change, And seeing the positive side, every day we enjoy larger panels in smaller terminals.
Project Treble has served something, at least in the high end
This is the first year in which companies like Xiaomi manage to upgrade their high-end range, including high-end range such as POC F1, in prudential times. OnePlus has promised 3 years of updates-two big updates and three security patches – Huawei has upgraded its entire high end to Android Pie, Nokia demonstrates that the mid-range can also be updated, Honor has done better than ever …
In small but firm steps, we move to a less fragmented Android, in which at least the latest terminals are released before the end of the year. There is still work ahead, but we have seen a slight improvement.
Computing photography is reaching its sweet spot
Google did such a job with its HDR + Pixel that until Apple has decided to copy the systemCreating your own Smart HDR. This has allowed the market to have smartphones like Google Pixel 3 or iPhone XR, Terminals with a single camera that have results that alternatives that triple them in terms of number of sensors.
The software is beginning to be the main protagonist as far as photography is concerned, and that is It is unlikely to increase the number of sensors if the processing is quite improved. The night mode is popularized, the portrait mode is already a standard, and we reached a point where the terminals hardly have weaknesses at a photographic level, regardless of the light condition.
Companies have improved several key points
If we talk about the high end of Samsung, Note variants had time sunk into a pit of mediocre autonomy. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was the clear example of this, letting it see the company's clear fear of repeating the fateful error of the # 39; unshakable, The Galaxy Note7. With the ninth generation Note Samsung has finished with its complexes in autonomy, giving the Galaxy Note 9 4000mAh generous millimeters that place it in a privileged position in terms of battery life. Panel calibration has also been greatly improved, And although it is still a bit saturated with alternatives such as the iPhone XS, we can not deny that the company has with the best AMOLED panels found on Android.
Samsung is still betting on a unique design, showing that trends do not have to continue to succeed in the market. Personality and certainty, the two keys of the South Korean company.
It is also relevant as the Galaxy catalog has improved its camera. Maybe this year they have not been able to reach the podium, given the work done by Huawei, Google and Apple, but innovations such as the variable opening or quadruple camera models such as the Samsung Galaxy A9 show that Samsung is doing its best to carry different functions on smartphones -as only they need to refine the final result, which is important.
In the first quarter of 2017 the Huawei P10 was presented, a terminal that was not at the height of its competitors neither in power, nor in camera, nor in battery. Who would have thought that just one year later the P20 generation was going to place the company at the top of the Android podium, reaching its peak with alternatives such as the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. The Chinese company has made a leap that few expected, showing its desire to become the number one worldwide in 2019.
Huawei has managed to position its high-end terminals on the Android high-end podium. After a slightly decaffeinated 2017, the company aims to become the world's leading manufacturer in 2020.
The pace of company updates has also improved, Updating all its high end to Android 9.0 Foot before the end of the year, and providing the beta to several of its terminals of the last generation. Huawei's work with photography progresses properly, with some pending improvements in processing and depth map for portrait mode, but with a versatility much over respect to the rest of its rivals
EMUI is still a pending subject, though It's a pretty usable ROM, relative to the notification system, And with a high-end performance we can not complain about. It remains to be seen how it will be its evolution in future versions, but there is no doubt that they are in the line of progress.
I was already playing. Sony has finally made the leap to OLED technology with its Xperia XZ3, thus creating one of the best screens never seen on a smartphone. Regarding design, although there is always room for the subjective component, it is undeniable that the evolution over the last generation is remarkable, leaving aside the exaggerated bevels and adapting to the current requirements.
The Japanese firm continues with the camera as a pending subject, though He has managed to improve his results Regarding last generation, and introduce new features such as recording at 960 FPS in Full HD.
The LG G-7 ThinQ is probably the most undervalued high-end market, But it does not stop that being a recommendable purchase. A terminal that competes without any problem with the rest of high-end alternatives, and the price in Amazon is less than 419 euros. LG continues with the battery and the camera as a pending subject, but offers complete alternatives that, over time and adjusted price, are highly recommended.
It remains to be seen how they will face 2019, the year we would like to see A greater presence of the V range in our countryAlternatives that are at the height of virtually any of their direct rivals, but quite innate in our country.
Xiaomi has expanded its presence in Spain, as well as its catalog of terminals. Although the number of launches remains in our opinion too high, The vast majority of alternatives they propose are recommended, To the extent that in the mid-range few alternatives occur to this company. Terminals like the Xiaomi Mi Agosto Lite show that you do not need to spend more than 250 euros to have a satisfactory experience, and that far there is the average range of 350 or 400 euros.
Xiaomi continues to show that you do not need to spend too much money to have a good smartphone. The company increases its presence in our country and continues to expand its catalog with more than interesting options.
On the other hand, my Mix continues to be a synonym for innovation, and Xiaomi meu 8 has come to offer a day-to-day high-end experience almost Premium for less than 400 euros. Xiaomi has everything to become the third world signature in a few yearsAnd we are convinced that time will give us the reason.
Oppo has landed in Spain in 2018 with alternatives such as Oppo Find X. This was one of the terminals that most surprised me in 2018For its impressive architecture and facial recognition -the best thing in Android, in my opinion. Regardless of the price, it is a reason to celebrate the Asian company's landing in our country, extending consumer options and demonstrating that different terminals can be made at hours of now.
A company that still has to place a place in the market, but that has interesting terminals, with a design quite different from the rest of its competitors, and with a clear intention to continue betting on hearts of Qualcomm.
OnePlus has managed to consolidate its position in Europe and offer two of the most complete alternatives in the high end. The OnePlus 6 and its 6T variant They are two of the top-rated high-end mobile phonesOffering a performance slightly higher than most rivals at a lower price.
The camera and audio are still a great subject, however The performance, the ROM and the updates that it receives give us the best in its terminals. OnePlus will continue to grow during 2019, and the only thing that we ask for is consistency with the price, since maintaining the value for money is part of its essence, and at some point you should put a stop to the annual increases.
Motorola has gone silent and tipped in this 2018. We have not seen an alternative limit of range in the companyOne thing that we would have loved. However, they have continued with their work in the mid-range, betting on the net software and the just and necessary additions to not hamper the user experience.
For 2018 we ask Motorola a higher update rate and a bit more ambitious bet with the hardware. The company has done homework this year, but we are convinced that they can do even better.
Nokia has been one of the firm revelations in 2018. Your bet for Android One in its entire catalog of terminals is worthy of applause, And they have one of the best rates for upgrade in the middle and lower range. Bet for a Nokia is to bet on guaranteed updates for two years, receiving in reasonable time. A feature that makes them shine over the rest of rivalsBut that does not provide shortcomings like the camera.
In 2019 the famous Nokia of 5 cameras awaits us. A bet that we hope will revolutionize the Android landscape -mainly at the level of functionality, not results- and show that the company has room for innovation.
To sum up, 2018 has been an amalgam of nightsImprovements in updates, crazy proposals in design, and expansion of signatures such as Xiaomi, Oppo or OnePlus. Year after year skepticism can make us think that the improvements have been minimal, that they are touching the ceiling in the high-end, and that the uncertainty about the future of smartphones is increasing. From another point of view, The technology with which we count every time is better. The improvements, although they are not substantial with respect to previous generations, only show that we are getting closer to achieving the perfect machine.
Let's face 2019 with a positive attitude. Samsung awaits us with a great design change in its S10, Xiaomi aims to further expand our country, Sony will continue to improve in design, OnePlus will bet on the power and to continue improving its multimedia sections, Nokia could be the first signatures in Offer Android 10 upgrade to midrange terminals, Honor is opening stores in our country …
There are still things to come, terminals to try, and improvements to enjoy.
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