Several important trends are expected to emerge in the following year, including foldable phones and 5G devices.
Especially with the introduction of 5G networks in many parts of the globe, the next generation of smartphones will have some exciting and unique features to offer.
However, specialized audiences responded positively to innovations such as the pop-selfie camera and gaming cellphones, which were not widely adopted by the general public last year.
Many people praised other advancements, such as high-capacity smartphone chipsets with gaming capabilities, more cameras, and the “megapixel war.”
In the next years, you may anticipate the following five major developments in smartphone design:
The availability of a 5G connection
In anticipation of the establishment of 5G networks in most nations across the globe, smartphone manufacturers are also preparing by releasing devices that have 5G capabilities.
Currently, 5G-capable smartphones are hard to come by and pricey. They can also not be used to their full capacity since 5G networks have not yet been completely deployed.
Few firms have taken the plunge and released 5G smartphones, such as the Oppo Reno 5G and the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. However, their availability is restricted to the areas they were developed.
Other 5G phones, such as the Huawei Mate 20 X, Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G, and Motorola Moto Z4, are only available in a restricted number of locations.
Smartphone users will benefit from a quicker network connection and decreased latency thanks to 5G.
More cameras, more megapixels, and greater depth are available.
Because of this, smartphone manufacturers are focusing their attention on the triple camera and quad camera designs for the year. The Samsung Galaxy Fold features six cameras, although Nokia has previously introduced its ‘pentagram’ PureView smartphone with five cameras, similar to the Samsung Galaxy Fold.
Not only is the number of cameras on the rise, but so too is the number of megapixels that they are capable of capturing.
Sony’s IMX 586 camera sensor was a breakthrough, enabling cameras to capture images at resolutions of up to 48 megapixels. Samsung’s ISOCELL GW1 sensor builds on that same technology the quad pixel array to offer a maximum output of 64 megapixels with a maximum resolution of 1080p.
Xiaomi and Samsung smartphones, which will be released shortly, will have the potential of shooting images with more than 100 megapixels.
Three-dimensional depth sensors for cameras are another interesting feature that we may see on phones more often in the future. According to Samsung, the technology “takes advantage of the known speed of light to calculate distance, essentially calculating the length of time it takes for a reflected beam of light to return to the camera sensor.” The sensor is already available on the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, which launched in March.
Phones that can be folded
A reality for foldable phones isn’t far off, with every major manufacturer working on their prototypes at the moment. In reality, Samsung has already produced its Galaxy Fold, while Huawei has just announced its Mate X smartphone.
According to reports, Google and Apple will leverage Samsung’s foldable screen gadget to launch their versions of the technology.
According to reports, the Mi Fold or the Mi Flex might be the first foldable phone released in India. The phone was supposed to be released this year, but the business has yet to make official announcements.
Increased processing power and improved visuals
Smartphone consumers want increased processing power on their devices. Some people purchase ‘gaming’ cellphones, even though they do not play games, to benefit from the increased processing capability.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus, which is marketed as a “gaming” CPU, is also being integrated into the top mobile phones of many companies. The OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro, the Vivo Nex 3, the Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro, and the Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro are devices that don’t necessarily pitch themselves as gaming smartphones but come packed with the latest processor, according to the company.
As games grow more graphically taxing, more phones will utilize more powerful chipsets and their associated GPUs, but this does not necessarily imply that more gaming smartphones will be released.
Augmented and Virtual reality technologies (AR and VR)
Efforts are already underway to bring augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies to mobile devices, including smartphones.
Google’s Pixel 3A used some of the technologies from ARCore — Google’s platform for developing augmented reality solutions — to provide users with augmented reality maps. It enables instructions to appear as a part of the picture being taken by the camera lens and a distance countdown when the camera lens is activated.
Apple has announced plans to release ‘Apple Glasses,’ augmented reality-enabled. Apple has been aggressively investing in ARKit to build augmented reality applications for mobile devices, and the company’s Glasses would be positioned as an accessory for the iPhone.
The technology is already in place; the issue is how innovative developers will put it to use.