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Cell phones are one of the fastest moving pieces of hardware, with new models coming out every year, and companies and providers constantly introducing new features. So what cool things can we all look forward to? oin Marc Saltzman as he teaches us about 5 amazing features coming to a phone near you.

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If you think your current smartphone is cool, wait ‘til you get a load
of what’s coming next. From foldable screens to integrated projectors
to a phone that will tell you the chemical composition of whatever you
point at it, smartphones are poised to get a while lot smarter.

Hey everyone, welcome to Gear Up, the WatchMojo series that looks at
the latest in gadgets, gear and games. I’m Marc Saltzman, and in this
video, we look at 5 amazing smartphone features coming soon.

We’re not talking future tech like 5G wireless connectivity, truly
wireless charging and holograms, but tech we should expect later in
2018 and early 2019 – or so we hope.

OK, not listed in any order…

No. 1. No more bezels

If leaked photos of upcoming phones are any indication – including the
Galaxy S10 or whatever Samsung decides to call it -- say goodbye to
bezels once and for all. You’ll be looking at an all-glass screen with
very little or no gap between the display and the edges of the phone.
Sure, it’s been happening for years, with infinity screens and Apple’s
notorious iPhone X notch, but we’re talking all display sooner than
later -- with no borders on the top or bottom or sides. Not sure yet
where they’ll put the selfie camera, perhaps it’ll be a pop-up one,
but expect no bezels beginning in 2019.

No. 2. A built-in projector

Some Asian phones have had a Pico projector before, and a Lenovo
tablet, but poor brightness and battery issues have limited its
success – especially on a global scale. But expect this to change as
the technology is getting better and better – just like at what Movi
(“moe-vee”) has done with its Android smartphone. With its integrated
Pico projector it can splash an image in 720p HD -- up to 200 inches
in size diagonally – and is now available for $599 bucks unlocked. Why
would you want a projector in a smartphone? Why stare at a 6-inch
screen to watch Netflix when you can project a 200-inch image onto
your wall or ceiling? Or it could be used in boardrooms, too.

Number 3. A foldable screen

Yes, what’s better than one screen? Two, of course, and this is
something a couple of smartphone makers are cooking up. It’s not an
entirely new concept mind, you, but rumor has it Samsung is going to
launch one in early 2019. Currently referred to as the Samsung Galaxy
X by the tech media, this near $2000 smartphone is reported to be 7
years in the making – yes, it was 2011 when the South Korean tech
giant showed off a prototype. Personally, I love the idea of a
flexible, foldable phone, but we’ll need to see some smart
applications for the technology to make it more than just a gimmick.
Time will tell.

Number 4. Under-glass biometrics

A retina or iris scan may be more accurate than a fingerprint – if you
believe the smartphone companies – but not everyone likes holding
their phone up and pointed to your face just to authenticate you. In
fact, when it comes to mobile payments at retail, this is more work
than it used to be as you have to tap your phone, and lift it up to
your face rather than just keeping your thumb on the fingerprint
sensor, such as Apple’s Touch ID, which was replaced by Face ID with
the iPhone X. And so a few companies are starting to add a fingerprint
scanner UNDER the glass of a smartphone, so no matter where you place
your thumb or finger it logs you into the device, an app or lets you
buy something. In the fall of 2018, Asian smartphone buyers can pick
up a 6-inch Android phone from a company called Vivo, which has a
Synaptics Clear ID in-display optical fingerprint sensor, positioned
between the display glass and OLED panel.

And finally, the 5th coolest technology coming soon to a smartphone
near you…a built-in spectrometer…

Say what? To create the very first smartphone that can analyze
molecules, Israeli startup Consumer Physics has partnered with China’s
Changhong, and the result is the H2, out now in Asia, but will likely
be the first of many. With its built-in infrared spectrometer, this
slender 6-inch Android device lets you scan an object and immediately
receive feedback on its chemical composition – whether it’s food items
(like fruits and vegetables, dairy products and meat), medication, and
even body parts. For example, scan a strawberry at a supermarket to
see how sweet it is or find out your body fat percentage by placing
the phone on your bicep. Find a pill that’s not in its original
bottle? It can tell you the name of the meds. It may sound like
science-fiction but it could be coming to the west soon.


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