What's your favorite smartphone trend for 2017?

The year is almost behind us, and what a rollercoaster it was waiting for the Infinity Display Galaxy S8 or Apple's anniversary iPhone X to appear, and everyone placing their bets on an "all-screen" design of sorts in response. Well, the iPhone X arrived, notch and horns, and the move to bezel-less bodies seems here to stay, tagging along with it taller, narrower displays with 2:1 aspect ratio, or thereabouts. Some like it, some not so much, but overall, we will likely have to get used to it going forward. The year-on-year average battery life also improved, which can only be viewed in a positive light.

A few other notable trends are the glut of startups - like Essential, RED or Razer - that took aim at the incumbent juggernauts, but also the higher average prices for our phones, as manufacturers keep adding premium all-glass bodies, fast and wireless charging options, more memory, second cameras at the back and front, HDR-certified displays, and unique identifiers like Face ID or curved Infinity Display designs. 

We didn't ask for a lot of those, but they are here nonetheless, along with the respective price bumps. That is why we wanted to ask you what is your favorite smartphone trend that emerged this year, and we have identified a few below, but feel free to comment on anything else you might have been pleasantly surprised by in 2017.

What's your favorite smartphone trend in 2017?

"All-screen" designs with shaved-off bezels
Taller, narrower displays
Dual cameras everywhere
HDR displays
10nm chipsets
Better average battery life
All-glass bodies across categories
More features at higher prices
Proliferation of smartphone startups like Essential, RED or Razer
Wider adoption of fast and wireless charging



1. Iodine

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Dual batteries a la iPhone X. (Vote for better average battery life)

18. daniyal_05

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 15, 2017

Well its happy to see most people rejecting iphoneX as evidenced by its below par sales

19. kiko007

Posts: 7525; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I'd love to see some actual values/evidence out of you one of these days, Bot-chan.

25. aegislash

Posts: 1537; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

The only evidence these people have are those predictions made by analysts....and, as we know, analyst predictions are unreliable and do not equate to being official information. I think them believing this analyst bullsh*t stems from the fact that they want to see the iPhone X/Apple fail, so of course they'll side with analysts who say anything negative.

29. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You just like Apple fans believe all the unreliable analyst any time it has to do with Samsung. Pot calling the kettle black.

32. aegislash

Posts: 1537; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

I might make a bigger presence in the comment sections for Samsung analyst articles, but that's because I love Samsung and am interested in any rumors etc. I have never once actually believed anything an analyst has said, whether it be negative or positive. If you actually paid attention, you'd see that I mock these analysts at any given moment. So...........I really don't understand what the point of your comment was.

22. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea, I would love to vote for the better average battery life option but I don't see the choice for throttling phones anywhere.

23. Fellwalker

Posts: 545; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

And none of the others. Absolutely not tall and thin.

2. Peacetoall unregistered

although my samsung c7 pro has a good battery life. But it would be good if samsung and other oem implement better battery tech in upcoming devices

7. tedkord

Posts: 17513; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

More battery life is always better. If they get to two full days, a week will be better.

3. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

iPhone X's L shaped battery V30's killer DAC

26. vincelongman

Posts: 5814; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

V30's amp LG needs to start maketing their amp, its what really seperates their phones in terms of audio quality Especially for mid-high end headphones where other phones (and laptops/PCs) require USB amps

4. Ralph.

Posts: 249; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Definitely not the ugly iPhone10 iNotch, which in case the iPhone8s looks way better than the tall narrow 18.9 screen. Definitely not the kinda ugly S8, with its ultra long Tv remote look_a_like design, and along with that nasty 18.9 screen. 16.9 looks way better...

8. tedkord

Posts: 17513; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

2:1 is more practical. It's closer to the aspect ratio of movies, so you're not watching a thin bar of video on your phone, like you are with 16:9.

27. Skizzo

Posts: 436; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

This is what I've been saying for a while as well. Movies are generally filmed in 19:9 or 21:9 (or there about) aspect ratios these days, so having phone screen closer to that makes sense as all media will move in that direction soon, and YouTube creators already are.

10. DFranch

Posts: 562; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

The S8 actually has an 18.5:2 ratio which is why it looks even taller. The 18:9 ratio isn't quite as bad. I have the V30, and it isn't nearly as bad as I feared it would be. I've used the S8, and wasn't a fan.

24. cmdacos

Posts: 4391; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

That .5 makes a huge difference /s

12. Phantom1031

Posts: 267; Member since: Aug 02, 2014

Nothing attractive from these above mentioned features, not voting

13. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

" More features at higher prices " FTW /s

15. rsiders

Posts: 2038; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Battery life for 300 Alex.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I like what Apple and Samsung are doing. Phone of the year: Note 8 Design of the year: iPhone X Apples design departure from its previous design, was bigger than the rest, resulting in a beautiful design. The notch is intrusive, but its grown on me looks wise, and looks cool.

20. Tipus

Posts: 913; Member since: Sep 30, 2016


21. Jrod99

Posts: 781; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Bring a plus variant of the iPhone X design next year. Also Apple remove the throttling from your software. Samsung center your finger scanner on Note 9. Sure they will. Also offer the cool colors that you hold back on release day.

28. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

2017 trends. Like, Samsung in 2015.

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