When Mat Galligan, co-founder and CEO at The Picks & Shovels Co said, “The future of mobile is the future of everything”, he couldn’t have been more right. But little did he know about the pace the mobile industry was going to transform at. Take a quick look at 2018 and you’ll know that innovation has been incremental.   In just a year’s time, the fingerprint sensor went beneath the display, the notch disappeared, cameras at the rear doubled in number and technology that was previously limited to premium phones, trickled to even more affordable phones.   Here are some of the most innovative phones which surfaced over the last year that have managed to stand out:

Samsung Galaxy A9

Mobile photography has been improved by leaps and bounds in a matter of years, thanks to rapid improvements in both software optimisation and hardware. But while dual and even triple cameras have been around, the Galaxy A9 changed the game with its quad-camera setup at the back. From taking wonderful portraits to accommodating a much wider view, the A9 makes everything simpler and better.  

Vivo V11 Pro

Vivo went from showcasing its in-display fingerprint scanner phone to getting it to the market very quickly. And in a matter of four months, they incorporated a 3rd-gen in-display fingerprint scanner in a phone that costs less than Rs 30,000! Also, the waterdrop notch on the Vivo V11 Pro is also something that pushed the industry to reducing the notches on their phones.  

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

The Note series has been a revolutionary one and has single-handedly pushed the industry towards incorporating bigger displays in phones for better multitasking and an even more immersive viewing experience. The S-Pen of the Note 9 now supports BLE and can be used to trigger actions without even touching the phone. Also, the variable aperture camera on the phone is an industry-first that deserves a special mention.  

 iPhone XS

While the iPhone XS might seem like an incremental upgrade from the last-year’s iPhone X, it has much more going on under the hood. The A12 Bionic chip is what makes some really exciting never-seen-before applications built around machine learning and artificial intelligence possible. For instance, the Homecourt app on the iPhone XS permits real-time analysis of a person playing basketball. The phone can track the number of shots taken, shots missed, shot angle, leg angle, release time, height of the jump and even speed by simply just pointing the camera. Now that’s pushing innovation to a whole new level.