Equipped with the latest technology, innovative design, and state-of-the-art features, smartphones have changed a lot in the last decade. Now, they are your digicams, gaming consoles, entertainment hubs, travel companions, home schools, and more. All these changes were made possible due to the ever-evolving smartphone tech that witnessed a rise in the recent past.
The latest generation of smartphones sports futuristic design, powerful chipsets, multiple camera lenses, brighter displays than ever with a refresh rate of up to 120Hz, and massive batteries with fast charging support.
The pace of smartphone tech evolution is so fast that as soon as you get your hands on the latest device, there’s already anticipation for the next big thing. This year, too, smartphone users are in for a treat, with technological innovation at the forefront of smartphone development.
Let’s take a look at the top 5 smartphone technology trends to watch out for in 2020.
Yes,5G is already here, but in bits and pieces. As we move into 2020, the new generation of wireless technology will become more realistic and accessible. In fact, 2020 could mark the true coming-out party for high-speed connectivity, for which the foundation has already been laid by the telecommunication giant Qualcomm.
The launch of the new Snapdragon 865 tells you more about what the upcoming flagship smartphones will feature. The latest Qualcomm processor houses the Snapdragon X55 modem, which is designed to bring 5G to smartphones. The X55 also supports a maximum download speed of 7.5GB per second (1.5x more than Qualcomm’s X50 modem). While smartphone manufacturers such as Samsung, Huawei, and OnePlus have already launched 5G compatible models, other players, including Apple, will get into the 5G game later this year.
Samsung and Huawei ignited the foldable phone revolution last year with the Galaxy Fold and Mate X. There are numerous signs that this segment will be a much bigger hit in 2020. Samsung is all set to launch its second foldable device during its Galaxy Unpacked event, scheduled to be held on February 12. Other smartphone firms, such as Xiaomi and Oppo, will also come out with foldable phones this year. Microsoft, too, recently teased its Surface Duo phone, a dual-display Android device. The biggest challenge for manufacturers, however, remains to bring down the cost of these devices.
Multiple and Higher Megapixel Cameras:
Smartphone manufacturers are now aiming to woo customers with shooting capabilities of their phones. These days, you can easily get a triple or quad camera setup in any budget segment device. Handsets like Realme 5S, Redmi Note 8 Pro, popular phones under 10000, house a quad-camera module at the rear panel.
While the race to multiple cameras with megapixels is already on, Samsung’s new 108MP camera sensor has taken this competition to another level. Developed in collaboration with Xiaomi, the Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX image sensor is all set to make its debut in the Mi Note 10. This lens lets smartphones take exceptional photos even in extreme lighting conditions. Judging from the capabilities of handsets like Galaxy M10s, A10s, and A20s, both Samsung phones under Rs. 10,000, this 108MP sensor would likely work wonders on photos.
Smartphone displays are getting bigger and brighter day by day. Super AMOLED is one of the best and most popular screen technologies currently in use on phones. It offers an incredible viewing experience; that too, at an affordable price. For example, Galaxy M30 and Galaxy M10s, two of the most popular Samsung mobiles under 10000, feature Super AMOLED displays.
What revolutionized smartphone displays is the arrival of panels with a high refresh rate. Smartphone manufacturers are now competing with each other to offer brighter screens and upgrade users’ viewing experience.
It all began with OnePlus providing a 90Hz refresh rate in its flagship device, the OnePlus 7 Pro. Following this, Asus announced its ROG Phone 2 with a 120Hz display, in the premium segment. This year, Poco announced its POCO X2, featuring a 120Hz display in the mid-range segment. Realme also entered the race of a higher refresh rate, launching its X2 Pro with a 90Hz display under the sub Rs. 30,000 price bracket.
Google Assistant, Siri, Bixby, and Alexa continue to get smarter and smarter, but there’s plenty more to come in 2020. While Apple has already improved Siri and its performance in the iOS 13, Samsung and Amazon also have such plans for their digital assistants, Bixby and Alexa.
These digital assistants now put search functions and knowledge bases front and center on your phone. For instance, Nokia 2.2, one of the top Nokia phones under Rs. 10,000, comes with a dedicated Google Assistant button for users to summon the voice AI. The next major upgrade in smartphones will be on the software side. Operating systems will be made to learn your habits and preference so that you can save on time and get the information you need without any delay.
Apart from these technologies, there are heaps of other features that are, in all likelihood, going to revolutionize the way we use smartphones in 2020. You will see more affordable pricing, better battery life, more efficient processors, and some other intuitive features in handsets this year.
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