Briefly about what Apple has not yet implemented, but is available on flagship Android smartphones: 5G, 50x zoom and a fingerprint scanner under the screen.
- 50x zoom periscope camera
- On-screen fingerprint scanner
- Stylus support
- Reversible Wireless Charging
- 5G support
- USB-C support
- Getting rid of a notch on the screen
- Folding screen
- Always on Display
- Not a full screen incoming call
- Synchronization with Windows
50x zoom periscope camera
At the end of March 2019, Huawei introduced the flagship smartphones P30 and P30 Pro, in which, together with Leica engineers, it implemented a camera system located in the periscope format. Smartphones can shoot with 5x optical zoom, 10x “hybrid” zoom and 50x digital zoom.
A similar device with a periscope telephoto lens was shown by Oppo – the OPPO Reno 10x zoom smartphone has 5x optical zoom and 60x digital.
The iPhone 11 Pro camera system supports 2x optical zoom in and out (Apple calls it 4x optical zoom, from maximum telephoto zoom to ultra-wide zoom) and 10x digital zoom.
On-screen fingerprint scanner
Starting with the iPhone X, instead of using the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, Apple uses the Face ID system. Manufacturers on Android use both systems, and in flagship devices a fingerprint scanner is built into the screen.
So, in the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Xiaomi Mi 9 ultrasound fingerprint scanners are installed, and in the Huawei P30 and OnePlus 7 - optical.
In April 2019, CNBeta announced a collaboration between Apple and Qualcomm – the companies are working on a sub-screen ultrasonic fingerprint scanner for the new iPhone, but it is still unknown when such a smartphone can come out.
One of the key features of the Samsung Galaxy Note line is the support of the S Pen stylus, which connects to the smartphone via Bluetooth. In addition to the usual functions of the stylus (drawing, quick notes, changing slides), you can remotely control your smartphone using the S Pen: turning the stylus in your hand switches camera modes, pressing the built-in button takes a picture, and swipe adjusts the volume.
Apple has a similar stylus for the iPad – Apple Pencil, but the iPhone does not support it.
Reversible Wireless Charging
One of the major innovations in the 2019 Android smartphones is the reverse wireless charging feature. It allows you to use your phone as a wireless charger for accessories, such as watches and headphones. Such charging is supported by Huawei P30 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy Fold, Galaxy Note 10, Asus Zenfone 6 and other flagships.
Bloomberg sources said that iPhone 11 will also feature reverse charging, but Apple has not officially confirmed this information. After Apple’s presentation, insider Sonny Dixon said that this feature is implemented in the iPhone 11 at the hardware level, but is disabled by software.
In the summer of 2019, the first smartphones with support for 5G networks were released – they were the LG V50, Samsung S10 5G, ZTE Axon 10 Pro and Galaxy Note 10 5G. Support for new generation networks is also announced in Samsung Galaxy Fold, Huawei Mate X, Huawei Mate 20 X 5G, Xiaomi MIX 3 5G, Oppo Reno 5G and OnePlus 7 Pro 5G.
In July 2019, Apple bought Intel’s smartphone modem manufacturing business, but under the terms of the contract, it will purchase Qualcomm modems, including those with 5G support, for another six years. On the iPhone, support for 5G networks will not appear until 2020, Bloomberg sources say.
Most manufacturers of Android smartphones use a USB-C connector. Apple also supports USB-C – the company uses a connector on the MacBook, iPad, sells USB-C chargers for Apple Watch and other devices, but the iPhone still retains the old Lightning connector.
According to The Verge, Apple does not refuse the old connector because it controls it. To sell certified Lightning accessories, manufacturers need to participate in the MFI certification program and pay Apple fees for using it.
Getting rid of a notch on the screen
To increase the useful screen area of the smartphone, Android manufacturers are experimenting with various form factors. For example, in the Samsung Galaxy S10, the front camera is built into the screen, in Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 it is hidden in the slider, and in the Huawei P30 Pro a small drop-shaped cutout is used.
According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and China Times, Apple will only get rid of a notch in the screen in 2021, and in 2020 it will introduce only one iPhone model – notch-less iPhone, in which instead of a cutout and Face ID, a sub-screen fingerprint scanner will appear.
In 2019, Samsung and Huawei plan to release the first smartphones with a flexible display – Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X. Samsung began collecting pre-orders for the Galaxy Fold, but due to problems with the protective film and crevices on the fold, had to send the smartphone for revision, and Huawei postponed the launch of Mate X to November 2019 to make sure that users do not run into problems.
Nevertheless, journalists and bloggers note that folding smartphones are an interesting concept of a compact tablet phone, which in the future can become very popular. In May 2019, Apple approved a patent for a foldable device, but there is no information on whether it will actually appear.
Always on Display
The Always on Display function allows you to display service information on the turned off screen of the smartphone without additional energy costs – date, time, battery level and notifications. It is supported by flagship smartphones from Samsung, Huawei, as well as all Xiaomi smartphones with an OLED screen.
The iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max have AMOLED displays, but Apple doesn’t officially support the Always on feature. The only device with a non-turn-off screen is the Apple Watch Series 5.
Not a full screen incoming call
Nowadays, any incoming call on iOS completely covers the working application, and to minimize it, you need to accept the call. On Android, an incoming call can only be displayed on a part of the screen and can be swiped away.
Synchronization with Windows
One of the innovations of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update – Your Phone application for synchronizing your smartphone with Windows. It allows you to receive all notifications from your smartphone, send messages, work with content, and in the case of Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – broadcast the Android screen to Windows devices and fully work with Android applications. Microsoft also plans to add a call feature through a Windows device.
In the case of iOS on MacOS, there is a similar “Continuity” function – it allows you to receive calls, use the shared clipboard and continue working with the application on macOS from the same place where the user stopped on iOS and vice versa.