U.S. customers are missing out on the latest phone innovations

U.S. customers are missing out on the latest phone innovations

The U.S. may be the world’s largest smartphone market, but it’s not the most exciting. The U.S. is the world’s largest smartphone market, but lately, it has been missing out on new innovations in phone design. Over the last 12 months, we’ve seen a sea of change in smartphone design. Manufacturers adopted new and innovative ways to reduce bezels, with cutouts being the default option. We’ve also seen a few companies like Vivo and OPPO introduce pop-up mechanized sliders that do a better job hiding the front (and even the rear) cameras. The latest designs coming out of China are some of the most interesting we’ve seen in the smartphone segment, but they’re not coming to U.S. shelves anytime soon. The Vivo NEX was the first to feature an all-screen front. and barring a few inconsistencies with the software, it was an exquisite phone for its $650 sticker price. In fact, it still continues to be one of the best phones to play intensive titles like PUBG . Chinese companies are pushing the boundaries for design — and U.S. customers are missing out. OPPO shortly followed up with its own take on sliders, the Find X . The Find X was even more radical in that the slider contained both the front and rear cameras, and the phone had facial unlock as the primary means of authentication. The more mainstream R17 Pro doesn’t have a sliding camera, but it comes with 50W fast charging and one of the best gradient patterns I’ve seen so far. Vivo is now going all-in on retractable cameras, bringing the tech down to the $300 segment with the V11 Pro. The company is also working on an insane design that has no buttons or ports. The NEX was born out of a similar idea last year, so it’s exciting to see what comes out of Vivo in 2019. Then there’s the Mi Mix 3, a phone where the entire screen slides down to reveal the front cameras. The Mi Mix 3 is an engineering tour de force with a ceramic chassis, sliding screen, razor-thin bezels, and powerful hardware. It’s on sale in a few Western markets — notably the UK — where it’s available for just £499 ($660), but the phone won’t be hitting U.S. shelves. Xiaomi’s latest flagship won’t be making its way to the U.S. either. The Mi 9 is the first phone from the brand to feature three cameras at the back, and it also comes with a 20W wireless charger. Huawei made some of the best phones last year, but with its products banned in the U.S., customers are missing out on the fantastic camera on offer with the Mate 20 Pro , or its upcoming foldable phone, the Mate X . Chinese manufacturers have pushed the boundaries of design over the last 12 months, and customers in the world’s largest smartphone market haven’t had access to any of these phones. The U.S. market is firmly revolving around Apple and […]

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