What’s The Next Big Leap For Mobile Phones?

Antoine Bechara
Antoine Bechara
August 6, 2020

The smartphone industry is constantly evolving, creating a continuous and rapid chain reaction of technological advancements. It’s pretty much impossible to escape how these new changes and upgrades to mobile technology will eventually revolutionise and reshape our everyday lives, but they won’t happen overnight. So, what are the new big things that we can already see on the horizon? Below are three future trends in smartphone tech that you can start getting excited about today.

Foldable Phones

While the whole concept of a foldable smartphone screen was basically unthinkable until very recently, the technology is now almost advanced enough to become mainstream. In fact, the last year has seen 3 new foldable smartphones available on the market with the Samsung Galaxy Flip and Galaxy Fold, as well as the reimagined classic Motorola Razr. The Flip and the Razr both have bendable glass interior displays which resemble ultra-high-tech phones that flip upwards, while the Galaxy Fold expands sideways into a tablet, like a book, to provide twice as much screen space. While this new tech is realistically still being perfected, you can expect to see an influx of foldable phones over the next few years that will make excellent use of the increases to available screen space.

5G & 6G 

With 5G already available in several countries, most companies will start launching more 5G capable phones, while manufacturing less 4G models. This follows the pattern of all previous generations of wireless connectivity, where eventually 5G phones will become the standard tech for all new handsets, in the same way that 4G phones are now. And there are plenty of new innovations in mobile tech that are just over the horizon, which are just waiting on access to the lower latency and higher bandwidth offered by 5G technology. For example, fixed wireless will eventually provide super-fast speed broadband connections to almost every community all around the world, including places that currently lack access to wired infrastructure. Then when it gets closer to the end of this decade, we may even have access to the 6th Generation technology. We can only imagine how lightning fast that will be!

Selfie Cameras

From the big notch for cameras in Apple iPhones, to the punch-hole cut-out found in many Samsungs, and the pop-up style cameras from companies like Google Pixel, front-facing selfie cameras are one of the main differentiating features between different smartphone manufacturers these days. But in the future, it seems highly likely that the majority of front-facing cameras will actually be completely hidden from view beneath the displays. Oppo is one company who have already utilised this new technology in their phones, the upcoming Galaxy S21 has also been rumoured to feature similarly impressive under-screen technology for their selfie cameras. And over the next few years as we head towards 2030, you can expect this trend to become much more established. After all, selfies are currently the most common pictures taken using smartphone cameras.

No More Ports

There’s already been a number of smartphone manufacturers who have stopped manufacturing handsets with 3.5mm headphone jacks, a trend famously started by Apple, and it looks as though they’ll no longer exist on any smartphones at all by the year 2030. That’s because the increasing use of wireless headphones has caused the number of people physically plugging their headphones into their phone to reduce dramatically. That being said, the future of USB charging ports is still unclear. There’s already been some prototype smartphones designed without any ports at all, with the recent advancements in wireless charging and sending information to computers. If it follows the same trend towards wireless headphones, smartphones without any ports at all could become the new normal.

Looking To The Future…

According to many experts, we are only using mobile technology at a mere fraction of its full potential. And considering how significant mobile smartphones are in our everyday lives, it’s no wonder developers are throwing so much money into working out exactly what the future of this technology is going to be. That’s why we are on the cusp of the next big leap for mobile phones.

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