Accordingly there are two genuine new technologies coming to mobile in the near future namely Foldable phones, and 5G. Samsung has the lock on foldable OLEDs, so everyone else has to play the 5G card, and how they will endlessly play it. The first 5G services will roll out and carriers and smart phone makers will market us to death.
Meanwhile what we don't know is the costs, battery life, standards, and a bevy of open ended issues. 2019 brings the 5G starter set, but the real impact on the Internet of things, consumption habits, and business and consumer implications will play out in the years ahead. Furthermore for the first time, a new generation of mobile communications is going to have negligible impact on how handsets are used streaming 8k Netflix is not that different from streaming SD Netflix.
Moreover the real benefits of 5G will be seen in standalone mode that doesn't rely on the existing 4G backbone, but until then telecommunications are going to do their best to convince people non-standalone is fine. One thing is certain: 2019 will feature a lot of 5G overload.