The smartphone market is changing at an incredible pace. New smartphones appear several times a year, and each brings something new. Trends either take root or disappear forever. We can only observe, so we have collected several interesting factors that have every chance to take root and set the direction for the further development of the market.
More screens and more screens
If you’ve been following trends lately, you’ve probably noticed how much attention manufacturers pay to displays. If only because smartphone screens are getting bigger. At the same time, companies are striving to maintain a reasonable size so that the smartphone fits in the hand, and it can still be controlled with one palm. Standard sizes today range from 5.8 to 6.5 inches, but there are also models with a larger display, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note10+, which has a 6.8‑inch screen.
But the trend towards larger screens moved in a very unexpected direction, when at the beginning of 2019 several companies announced the release of folding smartphones at once — these are the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Mi Flex from Xiaomi. In addition, according to rumors, Samsung is developing another smartphone with two displays, and Xiaomi is planning to create Mi Mix Alpha, a smartphone whose display wraps around the body.
How this will be accepted by the public is still hard to imagine — foldable smartphones are definitely of interest, because they can turn into tablets, and the thinner the body can be made, the more benefits the user will receive.
Mobile cameras became a resounding success almost immediately, and with the advent of new social networks such as Instagram and Vine, videos and photos taken with smartphone cameras have even become a way of earning money for many. Manufacturers of mobile devices immediately responded to the increased demand with new developments and, gradually, the presence of three cameras — two main ones and a front one — became the standard. But today, almost all brands are striving not only to improve the quality of cameras, but also to increase their number. The new flagship iPhone models get 3 cameras each, Xiaomi even equips its new products with four and five cameras, plus at least two front ones. Everything is very logical here, because each camera gets its own sensor with separate tasks: telephoto, wide-angle, macro, portrait, etc. But the trend does not stop at all, on the contrary, there are more and more cameras. The result is getting higher and higher.
The only ironic thing about this trend is that one of the leaders in mobile photography, Google Pixel, is in no hurry to increase the number of cameras, focusing on paired software that allows you to create high-quality photos even in the dark. This is clearly illustrated by the example of the Google Pixel 3XL.
Source: ROG — Asus
Smartphones have long ceased to be “dialers” and just a device for accessing online. Now their possibilities are much higher, and it has already reached the point that mobile games have their own categories. So in a sense, a modern smartphone should be analogous to a gaming PC. That is why smartphones get improved processors, more RAM and more built-in. If quite recently the standard ratio was 3/16GB, today it is already 6/128GB or 8/256GB. The fact is that higher quality photos take up more memory, but also that it is needed to download heavy games. Therefore, the performance and benchmark results should be higher and higher. Of course, the cooling system in smartphones is also improving, because during the game they heat up, like any other equipment. And in order to avoid lags and overheating, devices are equipped with tricky coolers. An example of this trend in practice is Redmi Note 8. With a visual premium, the smartphone is strongly aimed at a gaming audience. But there are also special gaming smartphones, such as the Asus ROG phone. Even their design is more reminiscent of a gaming PC than a familiar smartphone.
To say that all manufacturers are striving to increase battery capacity would not be entirely fair. While some like Xiaomi or OnePlus are really increasing smartphone battery capacity, others like Apple and Samsung are honing the power consumption of the smartphone itself. It turns out with variable efficiency. iPhones are not particularly distinguished by long-term work, and even during the day the user sometimes has to recharge the faithful smartphone. At the same time, devices from Xiaomi and Huawei may well work for one, and sometimes two days, with not very efficient operation. Of course, each company solves this issue in its own way, but this does not change the main factor — everyone wants to extend the battery life of the smartphone for the maximum period, and this desire is quite understandable.
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Wireless headphones or jack?
An interesting situation has developed with headphones. After Apple quite loudly refused to place a 3.5mm headphone jack on the new iPhones, fans were divided into two camps. Some admitted that the decision was justified and purchased brand new wireless headphones from Apple. Others have abandoned the iPhone and started looking for other options. Since then, other companies have been very cautious about this decision. Bigger and more established ones such as Samsung, Huawei and others have rushed to support the transition to the new system, and even invented their own headphones, true wireless with Bluetooth connection. But companies that have remained true to the traditions, such as Xiaomi, have so far ignored this trend, which gives the impression that it is they who listen to the public more and take public opinion into account. Be that as it may, we should expect that sooner or later wireless headphones will still take over.
Fingerprints and facial recognition
Face ID is a million dollar development. Indeed, you will not find such a well-thought-out face recognition system anywhere except for Apple. Analogues appear in other companies, but there are always some disadvantages. This does not mean that developments stop, since 3D recognition has appeared and, for sure, more advanced developments will be found in the next models.
But the fingerprint scanner is not going anywhere. On the contrary, many manufacturers, such as Samsung, have found an excellent alternative and remove the scanner under the screen. Thus, freeing up space and allowing us to use the familiar and reliable method of unlocking the smartphone. It is difficult to say where this trend will develop, but so far no one has canceled fingerprint entry.
This is what the most popular mobile design trends look like. With each new smartphone, they will change, but we will continue to follow the news.