The smartphone industry has evolved remarkably over the past decade. In 2011, Samsung had just entered the smartphone industry and was going head-to-head with Apple. Samsung Galaxy smartphones were competing with the iPhones, while very few other brands were offering smart mobile devices.
Since then, mobile devices have undergone multiple transformations, in terms of how they look and perform. Today, a mid-range smartphone can do almost everything a laptop can. Mobile phones today come with at least 6.3-inch displays, fast processors, high RAM size, larger batteries and perform multifarious activities.
As we trace the humble beginnings of smartphones and see how much they’ve changed in just 10 years, it makes us wonder how the future smartphones could look like. One can anticipate the changes they will go through, given the current developments, and what smartphone brands are working on.
For instance, Samsung and Motorola have already unveiled foldable smartphones, while certain brands are working on 192MP rear cameras. The smartphone landscape will change dramatically over the coming years, and we list a few changes we can expect in future smartphones.
Smartphones to go portless
Smartphone brands today believe in minimalist designs as far as the phone’s look is concerned. Over the years, brands have removed any semblance of buttons on phones, as touchscreens encompassed the entirety of the smartphone chassis.
Today, brands are trying to offer phones with higher screen-to-body ratios, while even the water drop notches and dot displays are being worked on to offer a better user experience. Apple went one step further, removing the headphone jack from the newer iPhone models.
This trend was then followed by OnePlus, Samsung and Vivo for their latest high-end models. As far as brands are concerned, the fewer distractions, the better.As such, we can expect future smartphones to go completely portless. That is, no headphone jacks and no charging ports. Wireless charging will become the norm, and if anyone wants to connect their earphones to their mobile device, it has to be via Bluetooth.
Displays will become futuristic
We already have smartphones that are foldable and expandable, and flip phones are making a triumphant — albeit expensive — return. Brands like Samsung are working on futuristic displays which can be stretched; these are different from your roll able displays that are in advanced stages of development.
These displays can be stretched and pulled to an indent of up to 12mm. Think of it as the screen coming out of the phone, which could revolutionize the smartphone industry. With the varying form factor, you could alter the shape of the smartphone display, and use it as per your convenience.
Turning back the clock – Mobile laptops
There was a time not too long ago when Nokia’s E90 Communicator became the go-to mobile phone model for businessmen and working professionals. It offered users greater convenience when it came to typing messages or sending emails on their mobile phones. However, with Apple and Samsung popularizing the new-age smartphone models, the clamshell mobile phones were phased out.
We often revisit history, if only to take inspiration from the past. We could soon witness the renaissance of clamshell mobile phones. The Cosmo Communicator is wooing smartphone users with its functionality, and its aesthetically designed exterior.
This device can be used as a normal smartphone, or as a mini-laptop, which could eliminate the need to carry about tablets. The Cosmo Communicator comes with a tactile backlit keyboard, and allows users to send emails, edit documents, edit Excel sheets and more on the mini device.
Some of the greatest innovations over the past decade have been done in the camera department, when it comes to the smartphone industry. We have witnessed mobile devices going from measly 2MP cameras that barely took good photos, to now 108MP cameras that are offered in smartphones costing around Rs. 20,000.
The best Oppo mobiles under 10000 INR come with improved cameras, with the phone hardware and software optimized to click crystal-clear images.Additionally, research is being carried out by brands to provide 192MP rear cameras, which could happen over the next 12 months.
That said, we can expect further innovation to be done, with smartphone cameras becoming even more sophisticated. With under-display cameras and penta-rear cameras expected to become the norm over the next two to three years, we can witness brands offering remarkable camera phones that would render DSLR cameras obsolete.
AI-integrated cameras are now being fitted into phones that cost less than Rs. 15,000, and soon enough, even novices will be able to take professional-grade photographs with their smartphones. The oppo mobile price is a testament to how serious smartphone brands are when it comes to equipping phones with the best-in-class cameras.
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