Smartphone the most common electronic device present on the planet. The manufacturing process of the current generation of smartphones is getting more and more complex to deliver more simplified and user-friendly features. In the last few years, smartphone trends changed a lot. The earlier smartphone used to be a device with small batteries, slower SoCs to big bulky-bezels, and you could barely capture a good photo.
The current generation smartphones are more battery efficient, with better displays, and more functional for daily use. So, let us talk about such trends that may change in 2021 or the near future.
No doubt batteries have changed tremendously over the past few years. But, batteries are the main reason that a smartphone dies after few years. Regular charging and discharging of the battery for 2 years can degrade the battery capacity up to 20%. The worst part is that you can not prevent it anyway. However, Samsung came up with the solution of the Graphene Battery. Currently, this concept is under R&d but, we could expect such technology in 2021 or maybe in near future.
In the past few years, the charging speed of smartphones skyrocketed from 5 Watt to 100 Watt. Nowadays, smartphones are marketed with this feature. This technology delivers a certain amount of voltage and current for better efficiency of the charger. Also, to achieve the desired charging speed, without putting stress on the battery, smartphones are manufactured with two integrated batteries.
Not only in wired, but wireless charging has also evolved spontaneously over the years. This year Xiaomi introduced the Mi 11, which supports 50 Watt wireless charging. Wireless charging is kind of in-efficient as compared to wired charging. So, we can expect the smartphone trend of at least 200 Watt wired and 100 Watt wireless.
2020 was all about displays, from roll-able to foldable displays and displays with 4K resolution. Last year, the smartphone displays changed a lot. In 2018, ASUS introduced its first gaming phone with a refresh rate of 90 Hz. Later then OnePlus launched the OnePlus 7t which also includes a 90 Hz refresh rate display. Now, most of the devices come with a 90 Hz display and flagships with 120 Hz or 144 Hz displays.
Soon we are going to witness some smartphone trends with 4k smartphone displays and a much higher refresh rate than we have today.
5G, the next-gen mobile network, which can enable access to the internet with speed up to 1Gbps. Currently, there are very few smartphones available in the market that supports 5G connectivity. And the availability of the 5G network is just icing on the cake.
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However, major telecom companies in India have set up their infrastructure for 5G and waiting for the Government declaration for the 5G spectrum. Also, the smartphone trend turns to be more than a feature. Major smartphone accompanies are using 5G as their suffix to the smartphone name, which needs to be changed.
The most interactive part of every smartphone is the software. The software can make the user interaction a good experience or could completely mess up the whole experience. The flagships always provide the best of their software experience. When it comes to the mid-range smartphone, the problem begins here.
Companies set their smartphone trend of providing a hectic software experience when it comes to mid-range smartphones. Companies like Xiaomi and Realme displayed some irrelevant and annoying ads. Apart from ads, their mid-range smartphone comes with a ton of bloatware, which also spoils the user experience. However, these companies are now improving their software by removing the ads and also by giving the ability to uninstall bloatware.