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The smartphone, the ultimate form of mobile personal device. Producers have less and less room to show off


The smartphone, the ultimate form of mobile personal device.  Producers have less and less room to show offWe are in the first quarter of 2024, so we have already witnessed several premieres of flagship smartphones from leading manufacturers. Samsung showed its Galaxy S24 models, OnePlus globally presented the 6.82-inch “twelve”, Xiaomi 14 will soon appear in stores (although there is still an Ultra model on the way) and at the moment we are still waiting for moves from other major manufacturers. And everything would be perfectly fine, if it weren’t for the fact that from year to year the general excitement about new models seems to be decreasing. It is easy to see that over time, new products are distinguished by only a few details, for which it is often not worth giving up your smartphone. With this issue in mind, the question arises: where is the overall market heading? After years of rapidly succeeding revolutions, have we already achieved the so-called a critical point in the development of mobile phones?

Author: Piotr Piwowarczyk

Stagnation in the world of smartphones has been talked about for a long time and longer texts have already appeared on our pages. The whole topic did not arise completely by accident. Almost every new premiere is associated with various impressive renderings and presentations of models, which, however, at first glance look almost the same as the previous ones and do not surprise anything even in terms of specifications. A new top processor is, of course, a must-have for such devices, but apart from that, companies often use the same capacitive variants, identical sets of cameras (the Galaxy S24 and S24+ models are a very good example), and the front is most often decorated with a large AMOLED screen with a notch. It’s no wonder that those who bought a flagship device three or even four years ago often still see no reason to change, especially since almost all large manufacturers offer multi-year support with system updates. Given all these facts, a thought occurred to me. Doesn’t all this mean that modern smartphones have become… perfect in their form?

For several years now, smartphones have been lacking absolutely nothing. Does this mean that we will see further slow evolution in the coming years? Or maybe big changes are just around the corner?

The smartphone, the ultimate form of mobile personal device.  Producers have less and less room to show off

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Please note that for several years now, smartphones have lacked absolutely nothing. A 5000 mAh battery has become a standard, so it is difficult to find a model that discharges itself during the day with normal use. AMOLED screens with infinite contrast, high brightness and a refresh rate of 120 Hz cover the surface of almost the entire front panel – only the cutout for the front camera or Face ID stands out. The processors, in turn, are so efficient that they allow you to play games that look like current-gen productions from PC or consoles (see Resident Evil 4 Remake on iPhone 15 Pro). And cameras? Well, they still haven’t caught up with classic SLR cameras, but in the eyes of many users they are really close to being perfect. What’s more, sometimes they even perform equally well in some shots. So let’s consider what the next years may bring.

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Given the current situation, can manufacturers rest on their laurels and congratulate themselves on creating perfect devices? Well, of course not. There will always be room for maneuver, some space in which further improvements will be possible. The SoC system seems to be an obvious element for continuous, although at the same time less and less visible improvements. Each year, Apple, Qualcomm, MediaTek and Samsung present their new top units, which beat their predecessors in terms of performance and at the same time offer support for more modern communication standards and various technologies. However, even here it is increasingly difficult to count on significant progress, which is clearly visible in the results in the AnTuTu benchmark. The technological process is not decreasing as rapidly as it was a few years ago, so it is difficult to make solid progress in the field of energy efficiency.

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A step forward may be various functions related to artificial intelligence, thanks to which we can quickly correct a photo or recorded video, as well as translate notes or a telephone conversation. Samsung is trying to lead in this field with its Galaxy AI solutions, but honestly, it’s hard to get excited about them seeing how noticeable progress has been made in this field in recent years or months. The South Korean giant, of course, did a great job of implementing most of these solutions directly in the devices and presenting them to the user at the first opportunity. The only question is how many of them will actually be useful to users? Personally, I am of the opinion that the people who will benefit most from the Galaxy AI functions are… students, for whom the options of recording and transcribing lectures or sorting and summarizing notes will prove invaluable. For the rest of ordinary consumers, most new features will prove to be merely interesting curiosities and nothing more.

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While in the coming years we can expect new software functions or higher performance guaranteed by more and more powerful processors, everything indicates that only the details will change in terms of device design. As we can see, in recent years the design of devices has been determined by prevailing trends. That’s why newer devices are usually characterized by an angular frame in the style of the latest iPhones (I have a feeling that titanium will become more and more popular), increasingly larger photographic modules, and on the front – as has been the case for several years – we see a screen with a large surface with a small “hole”. ” to the front camera. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately?) there is little indication that under-screen cameras will be widely used in the coming years. Even though a small number of high-budget smartphones feature such a solution (e.g. Galaxy Z Fold5 or Nubia Z60 Ultra), it still seems so expensive, advanced and at the same time imperfect that manufacturers may simply skip this effort. at least the next few years.

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It seems that not much may change in the case of screens either. In fact, AMOLED panels with a variable refresh rate seem to be an ideal solution and it is difficult to think of something better at the moment, especially since increasing the resolution or artificially increasing the peak brightness does not make much sense (it is very rarely useful and generally causes the battery to drain faster). . When it comes to photography, there is actually little to criticize today, even for budget cameras that can afford great shots not only during the day. Flagships – as I mentioned earlier – can successfully replace separate cameras today. It is worth watching what Chinese manufacturers, including Vivo, Xiaomi and Huawei, offer in these matters today, who, for example, increasingly offer cameras with a 1-inch matrix. Although, of course, Apple, Google and Samsung also offer good photo smartphones, they seem to be a bit behind in terms of overall capabilities.

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It is also worth noting that over the years, little progress has been made in terms of battery life. So what if many cheap and medium-budget models now offer cells with a capacity of 5000 mAh, if our pocket devices still have to be charged every day? We have been waiting for a revolution in this respect for many years and it is possible that only the popularization of graphene may change something in these matters. However, when it comes to charging speed, it is different. Today, there is no shortage of smartphones that you only need to connect to the power supply for a moment to enjoy many hours of operation. It’s a pity that many manufacturers are in no hurry to introduce this technology to their devices. While relatively cheap models from the Middle Kingdom support charging with a power of e.g. 65 W, the largest players in this industry stubbornly stick to offering charging in the range from 20 to 30 W. Some will argue that this way the battery life is protected, but after all Battery degradation is often visible after two or three years of intensive use.

There will certainly be no shortage of exciting projects in the future, e.g. with expandable or transparent screens. However, the key question will be whether such inventions will be useful and practical at all? It may turn out that people will want to stick with conventional smartphones anyway…

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Although smartphones may evolve over the next few years, we can be sure that in addition to boring models, there will certainly be exciting designs, e.g. with roll-up or transparent screens. However, the key question will be whether such inventions will be useful and practical at all? It seems that foldable smartphones may be a sufficient warning, as they are constantly being improved and are more durable than you might think, but users are still plagued by various types of failures (including those related to the hinge), inconveniences (e.g. short battery life) or for example, the need to regularly replace the protective foil. Considering the great expense involved, conventional models are still the most reasonable choice. So, no matter how trivial our smartphones would be, it seems to me that they are actually the most complete and multifunctional today. Without a doubt, they are today a safe choice among many technological innovations and, in fact, it is difficult to reinvent them. If we want to look for future solutions, it would probably be better to look towards AR glasses, VR goggles or other such devices.



Mr.Mario
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I am a tech enthusiast, cinema lover, and news follower. and i loved to be stay updated with the latest tech trends and developments. With a passion for cyber security, I continuously seeks new knowledge and enjoys learning new things.

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