The definitive smartphone features of 2017

The definitive smartphone features of 2017

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For good or ill, these are the most significant smartphone innovations of 2017.
Bokeh comes to the fore
The bokeh effect, or the blurring of the out-of-focus areas of an image, has been an element of photography for years, but it’s only been this year that it’s been easily reproducible by all of us with our smartphone cameras. Often used to blur the background in order to make the subject of the photo in the foreground really pop. Naturally, this lends itself fantastically to art of the selfie.
The bokeh-blurred background gives us more appreciation of the beauty of the subject / © AndroidPIT
The widespread use of the bokeh effect is largely attributable to the popularity of a dual-camera setup in new smartphones. Although dual cameras have been around for longer, we’re finding out how to get the most out of them, and the effective use of bokeh is one of the most eye-catching ways to show it.
AI: leaning about us as we learn about it
 At the beginning of the year we were confident that 2017 was going to be the year that artificial intelligence really comes into public consciousness. And we were right, although AI was more prominent this year in the form of smart home assistant loudspeakers and software than being housed in the phone itself. We interacted with AIs like Siri and Alexa through the handset, but the ‘brain’ was in another device. But that all changed with the announcement of the Huawei Mate 10.
Mate 10’s Kirin 970 chip brings AI into the actual phone / © AndroidPIT
The Mate 10 packs the Kirin 970 processor, with a dedicated NPU (Neural Processing Unit). At the moment, this doesn’t just

Article originally published at: Droid Life