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Weekly poll results: 2019 is the year of 5G

Carriers are busy launching the first 5G networks and with not a minute to spare last weeks poll shows that people are excited about the possibilities of next generation mobile data. Thats the option picked by close to a third of all voters.

5G promises higher bandwidth, lower latency, improved power usage and support for many, many more users, all browsing the web and interacting with smart services of the future. Beware, though, this excitement will be exploited with some deceptive marketing.

Foldable phones are a distant second with 16% of the vote. We fear those will be showroom pieces in 2019 as prohibitively high pricing will keep them out of the hands of many. 2-3 years from now, however, we may all be carrying 10 screens folded up neatly in our pockets.

Then tied for third place with 15% are Computational photography and Punch hole cameras. The latter we get, people seriously do not like notches and the hole design offers an attractive alternative.

However, we were surprised to see computational photography this low on the list, especially since people arent too excited about the current direction of camera hardware adding more and more modules (that option got 10%).