The Smartphone of today has come to the current states a long way after years of many designs and perfection. This piece wraps some features of smartphones users have always dreamed for, most of them still in their unperfect stage but going through the needed perfections. Some of these features include the following:
- The bezel-less displays concept.
This is the newest feature most smartphone manufacturers are trying hard to win off their competitors. The bezel-less display is an awesome concept especially for how watching videos on it would be fun. Samsung made the Galaxy S7 edge in 2017 in line with this. In 2017, the MI mix 2 also pushed the bezel-less display concept a little further right up to the point where it pushed the WebCam and earpiece speaker right off the top of the phone and the front camera. It actually returns down at the bottom which is a little awkward but not the worst thing in the world since you can turn the phone upside down. After those concepts, we have seen almost all smartphones try to reduce their bezels. In 2019, most phones have begun trying infinity U, O and V displays. The recently released oneplus 7 pro also comes with a bezel-less display with a motorised camera just like the Huawei Y9 prime 2019. There have also been renders of OPPO having a camera on the display which pushes the whole bezel-less competition further. Samsung itself has embraced the infinity O and U for their S10 line and A series.
- The future of wireless charging.
We always want our phones to be charged up and wires work well but many phones now have wireless charging. You can place your compatible phone on a compatible little pad without any wires and your phone is charging. Technically there’s still a wire connecting to the wall, but technically there are no wires connected to your phone. One would still have to place the phone in one exact little spot to charge and you can’t even really pick it up and use it without it stopping the charge. This is almost less convenient than wired charging. The dream is just to be able to walk into a room with your phone and it’s wirelessly charging. That seems to be a long way off but we do have in developing long-range wireless charging. Like speculations have it, one of the reasons Apple got rid of the headphone Jack on the iPhone 7 is another step marching towards their eventual goal of a completely wireless iPhone. In order to get to that, they eventually have to remove that last port which is a charging port. This can only work with wireless charging.
- Voice control
Voice control is pretty good as it already is and it’s useful for a lot of people. The goal is to have this close as possible to an all-knowing human-like personal assistant. Our phones today are supposed to be able to recognize your voice and respond to us and not others. Yet, for most people, you can just sit right in your chair and say “OK Google, Hey Siri” and half of their devices probably off. Even with enough training, voice recognition between multiple people as the only difference is really hard. Not to mention, it’s super easy to fix someone’s voice by not just sounding like them but with a recording.
- Flexible smartphones
Every single flexible smartphone demo I’ve seen looks promising in some way, but the goal is to have a completely flexible smartphone you can just wrap-around a thing shape. Manufacturers like Samsung and Huawei have already become rivals in this innovation. However, you want to fold it and put in your pocket. There are more thing one can do with a flexible smartphone but I don’t think this one can happen anytime soon for many reasons. In order to have a flexible smartphone you’ll just need a flexible display and you need every single component inside the smartphone to be flexible. We have flexible displays as you have probably seen but you’ll notice that every single one of those is connected to a brick at the bottom or by the side. The rest of the smartphone, the processor, the ram, the storage, the battery, none of which are flexible at all. Folding in half of two surfaces means a surface on the inside where it folds nice to be able to compress and the surface on the outside needs to be able to stretch. If you fold both ways, both sizes are able to do both. All that makes a very malleable material which means it’s not very durable. We have seen the galaxy fold not stand the test of time after it was launched, though Samsung has set a date for a relaunch.
- A battery technology breakthrough
Most of our Phones mostly last one day if we’re lucky. There have been talks about some breakthrough battery technology that might not be lithium-based at all, just completely new. Graphene is one of the most promising materials out there. If you haven’t heard of it it’s definitely worth reading upon. It’s essentially a sheet of pure carbon atoms that’s just one atom thick. A 2D material in its form, completely transparent when it’s thin and has a super strength with the weight ratio, light as air but literally harder than diamond. People are using Graphene to make a lot of stuff, so if we could make smartphone batteries or car batteries or any battery. We could get almost superconductor like performance and possibly have charged up in seconds while the charge lasts for weeks. In 2017, it was rumoured the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology was developing a unique Graphene battery that could charge 5x faster than the current lithium battery. That’s the goal but the reason we’re not going to see it super soon is the manufacturing prowess to make this stuff is not there right now.