Cellular phones continue to change rapidly, and now the development of microelectronics, coupled with the achievements of cellular infrastructure has already prepared the basis for a new qualitative breakthrough.
Naturally, the first changes will be realized in the most expensive smartphones for fans of premium gadgets, but after that the best innovations will be installed on the smartphones of the mass market and you will be able to buy new phones at affordable prices.
In 2017 smartphones will receive many new technologies that will make them even more interesting. Here are some of these solutions that can become widespread and used in most devices.
The main change in 2017 may be the appearance of mobile phones. This year is the year of phones with folding screens. We can say so judging by the recent patents of Apple and the development of Samsung.
In addition, this year smartphones can become even more personal due to hardware modules. Similar innovations could be seen in the Moto Z and LG G5. Lenovo, LG and Samsung are currently developing this topic.
The internal stuffing of mobile phones is expected to become more powerful. Qualcomm has already announced its flagship processor in 2017 under the name Snapdragon 835. Another manufacturer of chips Mediatek also prepares the Helio X30 solution, which has 10 cores – the most powerful among mobile processors.
A virtual reality
A more powerful stuffing will not be just a marketing move – it will be necessary to process virtual reality applications. This can be done through specialized helmets, for example, Google DayDream View VR. Today, virtual reality is available only to the owners of flagships, but from next year it will also possible to buy these phones in medium price categories.
In 2017, mobile communications will also become faster. Modern LTE modems allow data transfer at speeds up to 600 Mbps and unload at a speed of 150 Mbps. But these figures are much smaller than the next generation of Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 modems. It promises to transfer up to 10 gigabyte per second.
The next year will be a period when the USB-C connector will replace the usual micro-USB 2.0 ports and will allow charging, listening to music, watching the movies and transmitting data through one wire. However, the transition will not be very smooth. After all, USB-C is only the type of connector, and data on it can be transmitted via different protocols (USB-Lightning) and charging power. Although USB-C cables with different protocols and power will look the same, they will be incompatible with each other.
Manufacturers of smartphones began to get rid of the standard audio plug to 3.5 mm. They explain this by freeing up space for other components inside the case and offering to use more expensive but digital headphones. The latter can be wired, but most likely next year we will see a boom of wireless headphones.
Great energy consumption of your phone will not bother you anymore, because 5 minutes of charging is enough now for five hours of work. At least, this is what the fourth generation of fast-charging technology Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 promises.
More clever devices
The next generation of smartphones are better to navigate with. Through their cameras, they will recognize objects and signs, and also build maps of premises and display this useful information on the screen.
Bluetooth wireless communication will be twice as fast, and its radius will increase fourfold. Bluetooth 5 can work at a distance of up to 400 meters. This will open up new uses for technology.
Today, the maximum disk space in smartphones is limited to 256 GB, and SD cards reach 512 GB. SanDisk in 2016 showed a prototype SD card with a capacity of 1 TB.
There is still a matter of price. If you are planning to buy a brand new phone, you can check out Samsung, iPhone, LG and HTC prices online and choose the best option.