Smartphones in 2020: Xiaomi CC9 Pro, Xiaomi MIX Alpha, Vivo X30 Pro, Honor V30, OPPO Reno3

Smartphones in 2020: Drilling screens become mainstream, 5G and AI have to change your mobile habits

2019 is going faster than I thought. It has gone through numerous conferences, big and small, and it is time to summarize the past and look to the future.

Looking back at the smartphone industry over the past 360 days, I have summarized several keywords that can summarize the development of mobile phones this year: large screen, AI, 5G and high pixels. Among these keywords, some may have been around for a long time and are not new, and some are debuts. We don’t even have a concept yet.

But no matter what, this year we can see that one of the changes common to mobile phones is "becoming bigger and thicker and heavier", and the price has become higher.

Xiaomi CC9 Pro up to 100 million pixels

In the coming 2020, smartphone manufacturers will be on the arena of 5G communications. You may see 5G advertisements when you commute daily. You can even see various attractive packages of operators when you open your mobile phone. .

With the arrival of new technology, the form, configuration, and functions of mobile phones will change. This is not only a box for calling and Internet access, but also a handheld computer and smart terminal-it can do things far more than people did Imagine mobile phones.
Large-sized drilling screens are mainstream

The screen is a hardware link that manufacturers almost compare every year. Some netizens who pay attention to mobile phone design changes, I believe they will also notice that mobile phone screens are changing from bangs screens, dripping screens to drilling screens. Even an entry-level machine that costs thousands of yuan can have such a configuration.

It can be said that the drilling screen is replacing the water drop screen as the main design of the mobile phone screen.


The reasons that will make drilling screens a future trend, personal summary is mainly two aspects:

On the one hand, the pursuit of full-screen display among manufacturers continues. The screen began to extend to four sides instead of just the two sides. The drilled screen can provide manufacturers with a relatively ideal sensor placement solution, which will help manufacturers continue to extend the screen area.

On the other hand, domestic drilling screen technology is more mature than in the past. Since the beginning of this year, BOE, Tianma and other domestic LCD drilling screens have been shipped. The cost of drilling screens is also lower than that of OLED drilling schemes. Therefore, they have also been selected by a large number of high-end positioning mobile phones.

The reason is that manufacturers choose drilling screen is actually a last resort.

Interactive demo of Xiaomi MIX Alpha with foldable screen

Although the mechanical structure can easily allow the mobile phone to achieve the best effect of "the front is full of screen", the durability and sealing of the mechanical mechanism are still beyond the mechanical structure. Obviously, the mechanical mechanism is only a way to increase the screen ratio .

In addition, although we have used new technologies such as under-screen fingerprints and under-screen handsets last year, the facts tell us that these technologies are expensive and not convenient for large-scale use.

The most important thing is that the current under-screen camera technology is still immature, at least 1-2 years of research and development and optimization can be used in large quantities.

Vivo X30 Pro

Vivo X30 Pro's drilling diameter is controlled within 3 mm, only the size of the notification bar icon (this screen is custom-made by vivo and Samsung)

Therefore, before the lens can see us under the screen, drilling screens that have both screen advantages and cost advantages have become the mainstream configuration in the second half of 2019. With the gradual improvement of domestic LCD drilling screen technology and increasing shipments, it is estimated that in 2020 each manufacturer and each price segment will have at least one mobile phone with drilling screen.

At the same time, the drilling screen will have different changes with the shape and positioning of the mobile phone, such as "surface + drilling", "folding + drilling", "high refresh rate + drilling" to enhance product highlights.

Earlier Ai Faner's voting on the Weibo and drilling screen

Of course, increasing the screen ratio is one aspect, and the other is functionality.

"Since we are all fighting for 5G, why are mobile screens getting bigger and bigger?" In fact, I have asked myself this question, but I found out that 5G is an important technology for manufacturers to overcome, but "how to use 5G" is also a manufacturer. Problems to be faced.

The screen is the largest component of a mobile phone. It also carries tasks such as surfing the Internet, entertainment, and office. The larger screen can display more things, but with the help of 5G, manufacturers actually want the phone to help you complete more Many things.

From the existing plans of major manufacturers, high-resolution large-screen devices will use 5G to carry 4K video playback and AR / VR picture output tasks. In terms of game entertainment, such as cloud games and cloud computers are also on the stage.


If you have the habit of using a mobile phone for navigation, then 5G mobile phones can also provide more accurate positioning, and mobile phones are also a good car navigation.

These features mentioned above, they all need to be presented using a large screen. Although 5G and the screen may not seem to be related, in fact, it is the part that can most affect the overall mobile phone experience.

Of course, there are many reasons for manufacturers to make mobile phone screens bigger and bigger, such as making more space for 5G basebands and batteries, and increasing product appeal. These are all reasons to increase the screen. The screen ratio is a way to make the big screen more pleasing to the eye and better holding.

In the post 5G era, sensors distinguish mobile phone positioning

The high screen ratio makes mobile phones have more visual impact, but hardware such as 5G baseband, sensors and cameras will be an important part of mobile phone development next year. With the popularization of 5G hardware technology, next year, smartphones will fully enter the 5G era, and the pricing of 5G terminals will gradually return to the normal level acceptable to the public.

I once came in "5G. Should I change to a new phone this year? 》 I think this is not the best time to buy 5G mobile phones. Part of the reason is that the current 5G terminals and operating packages are too expensive. After 5G baseband is popular, it is the most suitable time to start. I estimate the time is the first quarter of next year. In March, because the Snapdragon 865 should start mass production at that time.
The price of 5G terminals has fallen, which can be seen from the pricing of the Redmi K30 at less than 2,000 yuan earlier this month. However, I still do not think that the K30 5G is the only 5G mobile phone with a price range of 2000-3000 yuan in the first quarter of next year.

On the one hand, it is considered that the Honor V30 with Kirin chip is only in the 3,000 yuan position. Next year, Honor may use lower-positioned models to benchmark the K30 5G. On the other hand, Samsung and MediaTek have also launched 5G chips and basebands Configuration scheme, they are relatively lower in cost than Qualcomm, which helps manufacturers control the configuration cost.

Honor V30 is a 3,000 pixels 5G phone

As mentioned earlier, as the issue of 5G penetration is resolved, competition among manufacturers will gradually shift from "5G penetration" to "5G applications." As a window for the mobile phone to perceive the world, sensor configuration will become the difference between flagship mobile phones and mid-range mobile phones in the future. Based on new sensors such as TOF, infrared, radar recognition, and high pixel CMOS, high-end mobile phones have better object and motion perception ability.

Among them, the configuration and optimization of camera sensors may become a watershed between mid-range and high-end mobile phones next year.

Redmi launches one-click Vlog function, and supports AI subtitles

I wonder if you have noticed that this year, whether it is Xiaomi, OPPO or Huawei, these manufacturers have spent a lot of time on video shooting functions. Whether it is camera hardware or shooting system, mobile phone video shooting this year can be said to have a leap over the past Promotion.

What's more, online content has gradually changed from traditional graphics to short video content-no matter where you go, you can always see people who use their mobile phones to shake the sound and take Vlogs.

OPPO AI Video Editing Tool "Record Now"

On the current basis, short video content will reach another content explosion period in 2020 with higher-speed networks (5G) and simpler post-editing tools (AI video editing). Therefore, manufacturers will continue to improve the video shooting capabilities of mobile phones in the future development, such as video quality, camera image stabilization and telephoto camera functions.

OPPO adds anti-shake function to the vibrato, changing the sharpness of the picture taken in action

At present, mobile phone manufacturers have improved the shooting quality through higher pixel CMOS, and manufacturers such as OPPO have also added OIS / EIS technology to the Reno series, so that mobile phones can reach the level of anti-shake of sports cameras, simplifying the cost of video later.

With the social development of short videos in the future, it is believed that the video image stabilization performance of mobile phones will reach a higher level. For example, image stabilization can also be performed in the telephoto state, which solves the blurring of the picture caused by jitter during telephoto.

OPPO Reno3's super anti-shake function

In addition, mobile phones will continue to move closer to the camera in telephoto photography. Judging from Vivo's move to lower the periscope to 3,000 yuan products this year, the periscope lens may be applied to the next mid-range mobile phones next year, thereby improving the telephoto shooting capabilities of mid-range mobile phones.

Finally, AI-optimized intervention also makes mobile phone shooting better. Many manufacturers have added AI optimization functions to camera systems this year. Even with the same set of sensors, adjustments made by different manufacturers will have different image quality effects, and this is another point of competition for manufacturers in shooting optimization next year.

On the basis of the overall upgrade of mobile phone camera sensors, camera functions will become the place where mid-range mobile phones and high-end mobile phones are distinguished. In addition to advanced sensor configurations, high-end models will also have special function optimizations. Although the mid-range model also has the hardware configuration of the high-end model, some functions may be cut, thus widening the gap with the high-end model.

HD live streaming and cloud gaming are new trends in apps

If 3G brings a new instant messaging tool, 4G has spawned new media such as short videos and live broadcasts, then high-bandwidth, low-latency 5G will make the content of subsequent apps clearer and more diverse.

Spring Festival Evening 2019 uses 5G signals for the first time to spread 4K content

At present, some video platforms have launched high-definition film and television content for 5G, bringing high-definition movies or high-definition live broadcasts through better network conditions. In fact, in the spring evening of 2019, CCTV has achieved high-quality transmission of 4K pictures and 5.1 surround sound through 5G, sending live pictures and sound to millions of TVs.

With the popularity of 5G mobile networks, high-definition movies and live broadcast content will become the next development trend of video apps, and content such as VR and AR formats will also have more diversified uses.

In addition to entertainment content, there will also be changes in cloud applications.

With fast network speeds, cloud storage will become fast and convenient, but in addition to cloud disks, the low-latency characteristics of 5G will also make cloud computers and cloud games more widely used.

In fact, as early as the middle of this year, Huawei, OPPO and other manufacturers have successively announced cloud program plans at their developer conferences. Especially in the field of cloud games, these manufacturers have successively cooperated with game developers, personal developers, and network service providers to use 5G to transform mobile phones into control hosts for cloud computers and cloud games, and expand mobile phones from a single platform to a cross-platform Cloud-controlled devices.

At the OPPO developer conference, OPPO exhibited the 5G-based cloud gaming concept. The mobile phone as a host receives instructions from a third-party wireless controller, then sends the instructions to a remote host, and finally outputs the game screen to a TV.

In other words, a computer is on standby in the cloud 24 hours, and you can control it with just one phone.

In fact, in addition to the entertainment content and cloud control mentioned above, the breakthroughs that 5G will bring to future apps include IoT Internet of Things, AR, and VR online interconnection.

Ali Buy + promotional video, VR shopping has higher requirements for the display of goods in the store, so it needs to transmit higher-quality pictures, which requires higher-speed 5G network transmission.

As an example, in 2016, Ali launched the Buy + shopping platform based on VR technology in 2016. Users can shop in the supermarket at home through VR. However, the current network has limited the output of high-definition pictures, so this project has not yet been launched on the market. .

I believe that with the help of 5G, the picture quality problem of VR shopping is expected to be resolved.

AI not only has more capabilities, but also affects phone form

A mobile phone that can be called "easy to use", besides being able to meet the trend of development in hardware, software optimization is also very important. The software I am talking about here does not specifically refer to a level of mobile phone system, but includes system optimization and functions User experience of the entire software system.

Looking back at the development of mobile phone software this year, the addition of the AI ​​system is one of the most influential aspects of mobile phone development, followed by the optimization of the system to improve user friendliness and retention, and finally the joint development of the app ecosystem by developers and the advantages of the device through software Play it out.

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