Ten years ago, one couldn’t have imagined a smartphone packing the state-of-the-art 108MP camera, or the existence of foldable smartphones. Through continuous innovation and technological ingenuity, smartphone brands keep shattering the glass ceiling, and come up with impressive devices that continue to defy our expectations. Brands like Samsung and Apple have led from the front when it comes to mobile innovation, and continue to set lofty standards in the premium smartphone segment. That said, other brands like OPPO, Realme and Xiaomi aren’t falling behind, and have already set the tone for the next ten years in the smartphone industry.
More recently, smartphones with penta-rear cameras were unveiled by brands like Xiaomi and Huawei, while Samsung too is set to join the elusive list with Samsung Galaxy A72. Motorola also recently launched its flagship model, Motorola Razr 5G, a foldable smartphone which was the brand’s answer to Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip smartphone. With all of these incredible features now being packed into smartphones, how will the future smartphone models look?
We take a look at some of the features currently being developed by mobile brands, and how they can shape our phones over the next decade.
As previously mentioned, Samsung and Motorola have already unveiled foldable phones, although they aren’t affordable for the average consumer. However, considering the fact that the technology is still being developed, you could soon see brands like Xiaomi and Realme offering affordable foldable smartphones. It isn’t far fetched, considering the fact that the two brands offer affordable 8GB RAM phone, such as Realme 2 Pro and Xiaomi Poco X2, which was once considered to be a distant dream.
More Rear Cameras
Today, consumers just cannot get enough camera smartphones. While it started with dual-rear arrays, it quickly escalated to triple and quad-rear camera combinations. Today, there are smartphone models that also come with penta-rear camera arrays, with macro lens, ultra-wide angle lens, depth sensors and other lenses. Furthermore, high-end flagship models today come with 108MP primary cameras, and with smartphone brands trying to push the envelope, we may soon see that number being dwarfed.
Scientists estimate that the human eye can see upto 576MP, which is more than five times the current highest resolution in a smartphone camera. It wouldn’t surprise anyone if, by the time we get to 2030, we have smartphones that come with cameras with a megapixel count of 576MP! After all, none of us would have imagined in 2010 that by the time 2020 rolled around, we would be purchasing smartphones with five cameras at the back, with a megapixel count of 108MP.
Under-Display Front Cameras
When OPPO unveiled a smartphone model towards the end of 2019 which was designed with under-display front camera, it was considered to be revolutionary. Smartphone brands have been toying with that idea for a while, so when OPPO finally proved that smartphones can indeed be designed better with under-display front cameras, other brands too began their efforts to design similar models. This could indeed become prevalent in the near future; upcoming mobiles such as Samsung Galaxy S21 and Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro are rumoured to house under-display front cameras, which not only eliminates the pesky punch-hole cut-outs and tear-drop notches, but the cameras won’t take up internal space, which is required for pop-up selfie cameras.