But with no major innovations awaited in handsets, analysts expect the four-day Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to focus on new uses for artificial intelligence (AI) and the looming deployment of super-fast 5G wireless networks. Smartphone giants Huawei, LG or HTC are not expected to launch a new flagship device at the annual show, so Samsung will have the opportunity to grab the spotlight when it unveils its S9 and S9 phones on Sunday on the eve of the fair. The teasers suggest major changes to the camera, which will reportedly allow for "super slow-motion" videos and a new camera lens that improves low-light photos: features some of its rivals already offer. The camera "seems to have become a major source of differentiation for the latest generation of smartphones," said mobile phone analyst Ben Wood of CCS Insight. Samsung suffered a humiliating recall of its Galaxy Note 7 device in 2016 after several devices exploded but its Galaxy 8 smartphone was a consumer and critical success.
Phone makers will seek to seduce new buyers with artificial intelligence functions and other innovations at the world's biggest mobile fair starting Monday in Spain. Along with launches of new smartphones from major players like Huawei and LG, two former giants -- Nokia and Blackberry -- will attempt to make a comeback with new devices. Nokia is reportedly set to reveal several new devices at the four-day Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in northeastern Spain, including an updated version of its iconic 3310 phone. Blackberry will debut a new high-end device rumoured to be called the Mercury. Like Nokia, its new phones will be made under licence by a Chinese manufacturer.
Samsung's just-announced Galaxy S10 flagship phone is, inarguably, the most innovative phone Samsung has ever produced. Forget scanning your eyeballs--that sensor is gone, replaced by an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor within the Galaxy S10's display. Forget Wi-Fi 5; this new phone supports Wi-Fi 6, also known as 802.11ax. Forget the wide cutout for sensors at the top of the display. Forget that ugly thing ever existed!
Is the smartphone finally running out of steam? Despite an array of new flagship smartphones touting bigger screens, biometric security, and digital assistants, sales of smartphones dipped dramatically in the last three months of the year and were at best flat for the whole of 2017. The National Football League is teaming up with Sleep Number to help its players use big data and machine learning to improve their sleep and boost performance. According to data from analyst group IDC, smartphone makers shipped 403.5 million devices in the fourth quarter of 2017 -- down a significant 6.3 percent on the 430.7 million units shipped in the final quarter of 2016. In the whole of 2017, 1.472 billion smartphones were shipped, down by less than one percent on the 1.473 billion devices shipped in 2016, but still the first annual drop since the market began its rapid rise five years ago.