The whole secret of smartphones is that they combine the capabilities of a number of other devices. And this is not about really old-fashioned devices like a typewriter and a cordless phone, but those gadgets that surround a modern person in everyday life.
What awaits smartphones in the future?
The imagination of science fiction painters draws flexible screens and bracelets here, projecting the screen image directly onto the surface of the hand. Designers at Turing Space Industries recently introduced the concept of a smartphone in a clamshell transformer form factor.
The idea is certainly bold. However, life always makes its own adjustments, and real devices usually differ significantly from futuristic concepts, which are produced in abundance by design studios and lonely enthusiasts.
Smartphones with flexible screens will definitely be in the near future. But only on condition that Samsung at the end of this year finally announces the first device of this type – Galaxy F (Flexible), which is expected to be released for at least a couple of years, or even more. But even if the Korean giant succeeds, this does not mean that in the near future, a smartphone with a flexible screen will be in demand among consumers, and will not remain a narrow-minded solution like “clamshells”, which are still produced in small series.
Of course, at the same time, classic flat-screen smartphones will remain, both with the now fashionable elongated (“full-screen design”) and the classic with an aspect ratio of 9 to 16 (but only in the budget price range). Moreover, even classic button mobile phones will not disappear.
Widespread adoption of 5G networks
The first mobile phones with support for fifth-generation networks were announced in the spring of 2019. For the most part, these are flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S10, although MediaTek plans to introduce low-cost chipsets for mobile devices with a built-in 5G modem very soon.
In the fifth generation networks, the data download speed promises to reach incredible not even 5, but as much as 10 Gb / s. Of course, it will take years to achieve such indicators. However, already at first, smartphones with 5G support can issue at least 2 Gb / s in download mode.
Biometrics: the battle of approaches
A very interesting situation arose in the case of biometric user identification tools. On the one hand, there is Apple’s approach, which completely abandoned the Touch ID fingerprint scanner in favor of the Face ID 3D face scanner.
On the other hand, there is Samsung and a number of Chinese smartphone manufacturers such as Oppo and Vivo, which are promoting the idea of a fingerprint module built right into the screen. Moreover, such devices have already appeared on the market, and, despite some dampness of the hardware and software, demonstrate the success of this approach.
No matter how energy-saving technologies are improved, the growing appetites of mobile processors “eat up” all the achievements in this direction. And then compact high-capacity batteries promise to enter the arena. For example, Huawei has been putting batteries from 4000 mAh on its best models for several years.
Moreover, the company has developed its own fast charging technology, which allows you to charge a similar battery in just 1.5 hours from 0% to 100%. So in the near future we have every chance to see thin flagships with batteries of 5000 or even 6000 mAh, which will work for at least a couple of days without recharging.