8 smartphones with ‘world’s first’ features
From blockchain to triple rear cameras, each handset has something to surprise you
The year 2018 has seen the launch of several big-ticket smartphones. Many of these raised the bar of what a ‘flagship’ smartphone should be. Not just top-end specifications, many of them also boast of innovative features. Here are eight handsets launched this year that come with ‘world’s first’ features.
Vivo X20 Plus UD —Smartphone with in-screen fingerprint
Vivo X20 Plus UD is the world’s first handset that sports an in-screen fingerprint sensor. The firm has brought this tech to a couple of more handsets as well. Other specifications of the smartphone include 6.43-inch AMOLED FullHD+ display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC, 4GB RAM, 12MP+5MP rear camera, 128GB inbuilt storage.
Huawei P20 Pro — Smartphone with triple rear cameras
The three rear cameras of the handset include a 20MP monochrome sensor, 40MP RGB sensor and an 8MP telephoto sensor. Some of the other specifications are 6.1-inch FullHD+ OLED display, 24MP front-facing camera, octa-core Kirin 970 processor, 6GB RAM, 128GB inbuilt storage, and 4000mAh battery.
Vivo Nex — All-screen smartphone with pop-up camera
It is the world’s first to sport a pop-up camera and an in-screen fingerprint sensor. It features a 6.59-inch FHD+ Super Amoled screen, 12MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 8GB RAM and 4000mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy S9+ — Smartphone with variable aperture and dual OIS
Samsung Galaxy S9+ is the world’s first to feature a variable aperture and dual OIS in rear cameras. It has two 12MP sensors at the back and an 8MP front-facing camera. Some of the other specifications are Exynos 9810 processor, 6GB RAM, 64GB inbuilt storage and 3500mAh battery.
Energizer Power Max P16K Pro — Smartphone with 16,000mAh battery
Energizer Power Max P16K Pro was launched at MWC 2018 and is the first to come with a massive 16,000mAh non-removable battery. Some of the other specifications are a 5.99-inch full-HD display, octa-core MediaTek Helio P25, 6GB RAM, 128GB inbuilt storage, 16MP+13MP rear cameras and 13MP+5MP front-facing cameras.
Asus ROG Phone — Smartphone featuring Amoled screen with 90Hz refresh rate
The ROG Phone is not just Asus’s first gaming smartphone but also the world’s first to sport an AMOLED display with 90Hz refresh rate. It also has dual charging ports with squeezable sides. Some other specifications are six-inch fullHD+ display, 2MP (with OIS) + 8MP rear cameras, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 8GB RAM and 4000mAh battery.
HTC Exodus — Blockchain phone
HTC took everyone by surprise earlier this year as it launched what can be called the world’s first blockchain-powered smartphone – Exodus. The smartphone is said to support popular digital currencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and more.
SikurPhone — Smartphone with built-in cryptocurrency wallet
Sikur, a Brazilian firm, launched the world’s first smartphone with a built-in cryptocurrency wallet called SikurPhone. The smartphone comes as a successor to the company’s GranitePhone and is claimed to be ‘hack-proof .
— TOI Tech