More foldable smartphones and a new generation of games consoles are likely to be among the biggest new gadgets of 2020.
Here is a look at what to expect over the coming 12 months in the world of technology.
While some manufacturers have been quick to introduce 5G smartphones even as the network coverage only begins to appear, Apple is yet to bring the connectivity to the iPhone.
Many believe this will change in 2020, with a 5G iPhone introduced alongside a number of other iPhone handsets.
It would be seen as a watershed moment for the technology by some — Apple’s status as a brand means that innovation is not always considered mainstream until the Cupertino firm is involved.
By the time a 5G iPhone arrives — likely to be in September — 5G coverage should be far wider than it is currently, wide enough that Apple feels it is time to add the connectivity to its smartphone.
The new console wars
Next year looks likely to be one of the biggest and most important years in the videogame industry for some time.
Not only is cloud streaming taking off, allowing console-standard gaming on mobile devices, but both Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation will launch their next-generation consoles in time for next Christmas.
The Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 have both been confirmed, complete with high-end specs which both say will make them the most powerful consoles either firm has ever made.
It will be a redrawing of the battle lines for the two biggest names in gaming, as they compete to set the standard for the next generation of videogames.
More foldable phones
As 2019 draws to a close, only Samsung of the major smartphone makers has a foldable device on sale in a broad range of markets — expect that to drastically change in 2020.
Samsung itself has already hinted at new types of foldable phones which could be on the way, while Motorola’s revamped foldable Razr will also become available.
A number of smaller firms are also likely to try and break the status quo, too — some of which could choose to reveal themselves during the CES trade show in Las Vegas, early in the new year.
Microsoft’s Surface Duo and Neo
Not quite fully fledged foldables, but Microsoft’s Surface Duo and Surface Neo will make their debut in 2020, attempting to be a new type of mobile device.
Both gadgets have two screens bound together by a hinge and can fold into a number of positions. Both are due to go on sale at the end of 2020.
The Duo is smartphone-sized, while the Neo is closer to that of a laptop or tablet. However, Microsoft is adamant neither should be considered as part of those categories.
In much the same way the tech giant’s Surface helped create the “two-in-one” category of tablet combined with laptop, Microsoft hopes the Duo and Neo can change how people use their devices every day.