5 MWC 2017 trends we’re going to see a lot more of
It’s pretty easy to argue that nostalgia was the hottest trend of MWC 2017, as odd as that is for a forward-looking mobile tech event, but what about the other big trends of the show? What things came up again and again that we can expect to see even more of this year? What things debuted for the first time but indicate a forthcoming trend? Let’s dive right in.
HDR displays are also going to be a big trend this year. Samsung put one on the Galaxy Tab S3, LG did the same on the LG G6 and Sony put the world’s first 4K HDR display on the Xperia XZ Premium. The Galaxy S8 at this point looks to be a shoo-in and we can’t see any reason other manufacturers won’t be doing similar things on their 2017 flagships.
Fingerprint scanner gestures
Fingerprint scanner gestures are fun and surprisingly intuitive to adapt to. Meizu phones have been doing scanner gestures for years and Huawei introduced the Mate S a couple of years back with gestures for scrolling through the interface and dragging down the notification shade, something we’ve now also seen on the Pixels.
Proprietary fast charging
Like bezels, the days of wireless charging now seem to be behind us, as fast charging increasingly becomes the preferred standard over wireless charging. Most smartphone makers so far have utilized Qualcomm’s Quick Charge standard, but MWC, and the months before it, seem to be indicating a new trend.
That trend is proprietary fast charging technology. Watching battery charging demos is quite literally as boring as watching a battery charge, but what’s going on inside these demos is actually pretty mind-blowing. Obviously, getting an edge over a rival’s fast charging solution makes for a pretty compelling selling point.