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Top 100 Mobile Trends in 2018

From Smartphone-Securing Tethers to Self-Healing Smartphone Cases

— February 2, 2019 — Tech
Mobile devices have become key tools to navigate our daily lives and this list of 2018 mobile trends showcases how users are protecting their devices and using cases to augment their phone's inherent abilities.

At their core, cases are meant to protect smartphones from a catastrophic impact, but the majority of offerings rarely stand up to this task. Thankfully, a student from Aalen University in Germany developed an innovative phone case that takes inspiration from airbag systems. Featuring a combination of built-in sensors and hook-like springs, the AD Case senses when the device is in free fall and deploys the springs as necessary.

Also featured on this list is a theft-resistant phone case developed by SafeSkin. Working in tandem with an accessory known as the Eye, this unique case locks the phone down if it notices it has been stolen and will also emit an ear-splitting 100-decibel alarm until it is unlocked or returned to the Eye.

For more mobile innovations in the year ahead, check out our 2019 Trend Report.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
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Oversized Entry-Level Smartphones
Oversized Entry-Level Smartphones
The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 Boasts a 6.26-Inch Full HD+ Display
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99
Automotive Collaboration Smartphones
Automotive Collaboration Smartphones
The McLaren Edition OnePlus 6T is Packed with 10GB of RAM
<
98
Revolutionary Smart Assistant Phones
Revolutionary Smart Assistant Phones
Google's Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are Available for Pre-Order
<
97
Folding Dual-Screen Smartphones
Folding Dual-Screen Smartphones
This Samsung Smartphone Features the New Infinity Flex Display
<
96
Intelligent Satellite Smartphones
Intelligent Satellite Smartphones
The Thuraya X5-Touch Boasts Dual-SIM Support and More
<
95
Premium Dual-Display Smartphones
Premium Dual-Display Smartphones
The Vivo Nex 2 Has No Notch or Front-Facing Camera
<
94
Budget-Friendly AI-Powered Smartphones
Budget-Friendly AI-Powered Smartphones
The Honor 8X Offers Premium Features at a Low Cost
<
93
Ninja-Inspired Portable Batteries
Ninja-Inspired Portable Batteries
The 'Ninja. K' Power Bank Provides Discreet Power to Devices
<
92
Dual-Display Smartphones
Dual-Display Smartphones
The ZTE nubia X Boasts an LCD and OLED Display
<
91
Clip-On Telephoto Smartphone Lenses
Clip-On Telephoto Smartphone Lenses
The Olloclip Pro Series Drastically Increases a Phone Camera
<
90
Revolutionary Gamer Smartphones
Revolutionary Gamer Smartphones
The Razer Phone 2 is Ready for Optimized Mobile Gaming Action
<
89
Sliding Bezel-Free Smartphones
Sliding Bezel-Free Smartphones
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 Hides Essential Components for a Clean Look
<
88
Supplemental Smartphone Devices
Supplemental Smartphone Devices
The Palm Companion is a Compact Solution for Mobile Users
<
87
Battery-Free Smartphone Printers
Battery-Free Smartphone Printers
The Holga Printer Wants to Reimagine Mobile Photography
<
86
Hybrid Mobile Gaming Controllers
Hybrid Mobile Gaming Controllers
The Razer Raiju is Customizable Through an Accompanying App
<
85
Smartphone-Securing Tethers
Smartphone-Securing Tethers
The Nite Ize Hitch Phone Anchor Keeps the Device Secured to You
<
84
Sliding Screen Phones
Sliding Screen Phones
The Honor Magic 2 Features a Tactile Sliding Screen for the Cameras
<
83
All-Screen Smartphones
All-Screen Smartphones
The Lenovo Z5 Boasts an Impressive 95 Percent Screen-to-Body Ratio
<
82
Organic Smartphone Lenses
Organic Smartphone Lenses
The Moment Anamorphic Transforms Basic Smartphone Cameras
<
81
Face-Tracking Photography Docks
Face-Tracking Photography Docks
The 'Pivo' Smartphone Dock Allows for Digital Creativity
<
80
Tablet-Protecting Keyboard Peripherals
Tablet-Protecting Keyboard Peripherals
The 'Cover Bluetooth Keyboard' is Protective and Productive
<
79
Curved Aquatic Smartphones
Curved Aquatic Smartphones
The 'Aqua' Smartphone Has an Ergonomic Design for Comfortable Holding
<
78
Rugged Ultra-Small Smartphones
Rugged Ultra-Small Smartphones
The Unihertz Atom is Tough and Tiny
<
77
Smartphone-Replacing Tablet Concepts
Smartphone-Replacing Tablet Concepts
The 'Vision X' Has a Detachable Smartphone for Seamless Use
<
76
Redesigned Smartphone Aesthetics
Redesigned Smartphone Aesthetics
The HubblePhone is a Multi-Screen Smartphone of the Future
<
75
Super Heavy Smartphone Cases
Super Heavy Smartphone Cases
Softbank Japan Releases a Celebratory and Unique iPhone X Case
<
74
Aesthetic-Downgrading Smartphone Cases
Aesthetic-Downgrading Smartphone Cases
The Spigen 'Classic One' iPhone X Case is Nostalgic
<
73
Ergonomic Smartphone Camera Grips
Ergonomic Smartphone Camera Grips
The Pictar Pro Adds Physical Buttons to Smartphone Photography
<
72
Minimalist Magnetic Smartphone Chargers
Minimalist Magnetic Smartphone Chargers
The Conceptual 'Cling' Portable Power Bank is Qi-Enabled
<
71
Multipurpose Technology Chargers
Multipurpose Technology Chargers
The THINGS Hybrid Charger Accommodates Varying Needs
<
70
PC Monitor-Inspired Smartphones
PC Monitor-Inspired Smartphones
This Razer Phone 2.0 Concept Accommodates Gamer Demands
<
69
Ergonomic Charging Smartphone Docks
Ergonomic Charging Smartphone Docks
The Elevation Lab 'CordDock' Keeps Your Device Accessible
<
68
Tiny Portable Chargers
Tiny Portable Chargers
The Flintu SideKick is a Keychain-Worn Smartphone Charger
<
67
Pop-Up Camera Smartphones
Pop-Up Camera Smartphones
The Oppo Find X Hides Camera Equipment When Not in Use
<
66
Multi-Lens Smartphone Prototypes
Multi-Lens Smartphone Prototypes
The Light Smartphone Prototype Packs Nine Lenses in a Device
<
65
Smartphone-Accommodating Keyboards
Smartphone-Accommodating Keyboards
The Fangyuan Keyboard Introduces Additional Functionality
<
64
DIY Technology Repair Toolkits
DIY Technology Repair Toolkits
The iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit Enables At-Home Tech Repairs
<
63
Earbud-Charging Smartphone Cases
Earbud-Charging Smartphone Cases
The Ascape 'AmpPack' Always Keeps Wireless Headphones on Hand
<
62
Titanium Smartphone Battery Cases
Titanium Smartphone Battery Cases
The Smart Guardians 'BeraShield' Ruggedly Protects Your Device
<
61
Charge-Accelerating Smartphone Accessories
Charge-Accelerating Smartphone Accessories
The 'Quic-4x' Charger Offers Three-Times Quicker Speeds
<
60
Uncrackable Military Grade Smartphones
Uncrackable Military Grade Smartphones
The Blackview BV9500 Pro Smartphone is Ruggedly Designed
<
59
Sculpturally Shaped Smartphones
Sculpturally Shaped Smartphones
The Conceptual 'ICARUS' Smartphone is Stylish and Powerful
<
58
Powered Smartphone Stabilizers
Powered Smartphone Stabilizers
The SIRUI 'Pocket' Phone Stabilizer is Lightweight and Low-Cost
<
57
All-in-One Smartphone Videographer Accessories
All-in-One Smartphone Videographer Accessories
The 'SmartCine' Boasts a Highly Portable Design
<
56
Lanyard Phone Cases
Lanyard Phone Cases
The Dango Covert X Uses a Parachord Lanyard to Secure Phones
<
55
Sliding Screen Smartphones
Sliding Screen Smartphones
The Conceptual Samsung 'Oxygen' Smartphone is Ultra-Thin
<
54
Portable Pico Projector PCs
Portable Pico Projector PCs
The Masterkey 4.0 Pocket PC Boasts a Laser Keyboard and More
<
53
Hologram-Projecting Smartphones
Hologram-Projecting Smartphones
RED's 'Hydrogen One' is an Impressive Phone with a Unique Display
<
52
Hacker-Proof Microphone Blockers
Hacker-Proof Microphone Blockers
The Bungajungle 'Nope' Prevents Anyone from Accessing Your Device
<
51
Miniature Smartphone Microscopes
Miniature Smartphone Microscopes
The iMicro Magnification Microscope Offers 800x Functionality
<
50
Discreet Connectivity Watch Straps
Discreet Connectivity Watch Straps
The Montblanc Twin Smart Watch Strap Keeps Wearers Connected
<
49
Theft-Resistant Phone Cases
Theft-Resistant Phone Cases
The SafeSkin Case Uses Lockdown Features for Phone Security
<
48
Self-Healing Smartphone Protectors
Self-Healing Smartphone Protectors
'ThePhoneCoat' Invisibly and Holistically Protects Devices
<
47
Charging Technology Storage Cases
Charging Technology Storage Cases
The BentoStack Charge Keeps Essentials Organized and Powered Up
<
46
Lavish Phone-Charging Wallets
Lavish Phone-Charging Wallets
The 'Orbit' Offers An Elegant Appearance and Reliable Performance
<
45
Smartphone-Angling Charger Cables
Smartphone-Angling Charger Cables
The Baseus 'Maruko' Cable Puts the Device at the Optimal Angle
<
44
Manual Controller Smartphone Cases
Manual Controller Smartphone Cases
The GEED H1 Phone Controller Turns Smartphones into Consoles
<
43
Infrared Smartphone Camera Accessories
Infrared Smartphone Camera Accessories
This Infrared Camera Concept is Fun and Functional
<
42
Adaptable Foldable Phone Devices
Adaptable Foldable Phone Devices
Samsung's Foldable Phone is Set to Drop on the Market in 2019
<
41
Action Camera Phone Cases
Action Camera Phone Cases
The Periscope Case Repositions a Phone Camera's Shooting Angle
<
40
Minimalist Anti-Distraction Smartphones
Minimalist Anti-Distraction Smartphones
The Blloc Smartphone Makes Users More Efficient
<
39
Self-Adhesive Smartphone Powerbanks
Self-Adhesive Smartphone Powerbanks
The 'TinyJuice' Charger Works with Any Qi-Enabled Device
<
38
Attachable Battery Pack Bases
Attachable Battery Pack Bases
The SmartBatz 'PowerBase' Keeps External Batteries Ready for Use
<
37
Scientific Smartphone Cases
Scientific Smartphone Cases
The 'iMICROSCOPE' Smartphone Case Offers 300x Magnification
<
36
Professional 4K Smartphone Cameras
Professional 4K Smartphone Cameras
The Insta360 Nano S Camera Enables 360-Degree Content Recording
<
35
Palm-Sized Smartphone Concepts
Palm-Sized Smartphone Concepts
The Apple iPhone X Mini is 40% Smaller Than the XS Max
<
34
Water-Resistant Wireless Chargers
Water-Resistant Wireless Chargers
The ONYXX Wireless Smartphone Charger is Highly Durable
<
33
Folding Productivity Tablet Smartphones
Folding Productivity Tablet Smartphones
The Microsoft Project Andromeda Device is Futuristic
<
32
Next-Gen Smartphone Gamepads
Next-Gen Smartphone Gamepads
The 'GameSir G5' Turns Your Device into the Optimal Game Console
<
31
Minuscule Keychain Smartphone Chargers
Minuscule Keychain Smartphone Chargers
The 'Chargerito' Integrates a Built-in Dock for Charging
<
30
Projector-Integrated Mobile Phones
Projector-Integrated Mobile Phones
Wireless Mobi Solutions' Moviphone Has a Built-In Projector
<
29
Portable Smart Speaker Bases
Portable Smart Speaker Bases
The Ninety7 JOT Turns the Google Home Mini into a Portable Solution
<
28
Revamped 90s Phones
Revamped 90s Phones
The Iconic Sliding Phone is Making a Return with the Nokia 8110
<
27
Leather-Wrapped Charging Pads
Leather-Wrapped Charging Pads
The Courant Catch is a Stylish Wireless Charger with Fast Charging
<
26
Minimalist Designer Wireless Chargers
Minimalist Designer Wireless Chargers
The Brunt Fast Wireless Charger is Textured and Warm
<
25
Qi-Enabled Wall Outlets
Qi-Enabled Wall Outlets
The Legrand Radiant Outlet Puts Wireless Charging into Any Electrical Box
<
24
Business-Focused Smartphones
Business-Focused Smartphones
The KY-O1L Card Phone Can Easily Fit in a Business Card Holder
<
23
Professional-Grade Smartphone Gadgets
Professional-Grade Smartphone Gadgets
The Movi Cinema Robot Uses Hollywood Tech for Smartphones
<
22
Precision Optics Smartphone Lenses
Precision Optics Smartphone Lenses
The LEMURO Case and Lenses Instantly Upgrades Your Smartphone
<
21
Humorously Punny Phone Cases
Humorously Punny Phone Cases
Chatty Feet Boasts an Incredibly Clever Line of Artistic Phone Cases
<
20
Screen-Enlarging Smartphone Docks
Screen-Enlarging Smartphone Docks
The Oct17 Phone Screen Magnifier Enhances Smartphone Visibility
<
19
Nostalgic Ultra-Slim Smartphones
Nostalgic Ultra-Slim Smartphones
This Conceptual Motorola RAZR Smartphone Celebrates the Original
<
18
Teeny Pocket-Friendly Smartphones
Teeny Pocket-Friendly Smartphones
The 'Minima' Smartphone Concept is Capable Yet Compact
<
17
Treat-Wielding Pet Selfie Tools
Treat-Wielding Pet Selfie Tools
The Model Citizen Pet Woofie Helps Dog Parents Take Optimal Pics
<
16
Flexible Phone Designs
Flexible Phone Designs
The Royole Bendable Smartphone Prototype Will Be Shown at IFA 2018
<
15
Bed-Friendly Device Holders
Bed-Friendly Device Holders
The 'MYSA' Stand Sits Securely on Your Bed Pillows
<
14
Multifunctional Foldable Tablet Designs
Multifunctional Foldable Tablet Designs
Royole's FlexPai Can Be Used as a Tablet and a Smartphone
<
13
Ergonomically Sculpted Smartphones
Ergonomically Sculpted Smartphones
The Conceptual iPhone IQ is Comfortable Extended Periods of Use
<
12
Folding Smartphone Charger Devices
Folding Smartphone Charger Devices
This Wireless Charger Stand Puts Your Device on Display
<
11
Tactile Protection Smartphone Cases
Tactile Protection Smartphone Cases
The Kwik Charger Cloth Texture iPhone Case is Drop-Proof
<
10
Speedy Pocket-Sized PCs
Speedy Pocket-Sized PCs
The 'Mi Mini PC' Has a Low Price Point and Ultra-Portable Design
<
9
Wireless Multi-Device Chargers
Wireless Multi-Device Chargers
Wyrex Charges Android and iOS Devices, Apple Watches and Air Pods
<
8
Smartphone-Powered Objects
Smartphone-Powered Objects
Matteo Bandi's 'Sidekicks' are Designed to Combat Smartphone Addiction
<
7
Detox-Focused Minimalist Phones
Detox-Focused Minimalist Phones
The Light Phone Offers a Minimalist Alternative to Smartphones
<
6
Tiny Portable Universal Chargers
Tiny Portable Universal Chargers
Lightr's Strengths Lie in Its Charging Capacity & Tiny Silhouette
<
5
Airbag-Inspired Phone Cases
Airbag-Inspired Phone Cases
The AD Case Deploys Springs to Ensure Smartphone Safety
<
4
Chromatic Magnetic Power Banks
Chromatic Magnetic Power Banks
The 'Bunk' Battery Pack Discreetly Attaches to Your Smartphone
<
3
Sculpted Ebony Wood Smartphones
Sculpted Ebony Wood Smartphones
The 'APOLLO 2.0' Smartphone is Ergonomically Shaped
<
2
Smartphone Fidget Spinner Attachments
Smartphone Fidget Spinner Attachments
The 'Fidj' Smartphone Accessory Turns Your Device into a Toy
<
1
Anti-Distraction Cellphones
Anti-Distraction Cellphones
The 'Moto Zen' Mobile Phone Helps Users Stay in the Moment
<