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Smartphone technology: What’s next?

By Rizwan Ahmad - 17 May 2013 No Comments
Over the years smartphones have become more functional than ever thanks to developers combining phone, computer and camera capabilities into a single mobile device. As smartphone manufacturers continue to bring new innovations to the fore the boundaries between laptops, cameras and smartphones are becoming increasingly blurred.
Looking ahead the expectations for mobile technology are greater than ever with handsets continuing to pack in even more innovation and functionality. But what exactly can we expect to see from some of the biggest names in smartphone in the future?
Smartphone technology: What’s next?
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Flexible display technology
Samsung expressed its interest in flexible display technology some time ago but the company still has its sights set on being the first manufacturer to bring this development to the masses.
During CES 2013, the world’s largest consumer electronics tradeshow, the firm showed off prototypes of its YOUM flexible OLED panels and curved displays.

Last week a Samsung patent cropped up on the internet covering a number of innovations which may relate to its next generation smartphone. While it’s not certain if or when these latest designs will come to fruition the patent helps potential users understand exactly how flexible screens will work.

The new technology will track the way in which a user bends the screen, adjusting the output images so that whatever is shown on the display will be free of distortion.

Other manufacturers including LG and Apple have also indicated their intent to explore the realms of flexible screen technology, so it shouldn’t be too long before potential consumers start witnessing elements of this innovation in smartphones.

Larger camera sensors
Taking pictures on the go is now easier than ever thanks to increased camera capabilities integrated into mobile devices. This year the market has already seen a number of handsets boasting 13 megapixel cameras, including the Sony Xperia Z and Samsung Galaxy S4.

But as smartphone makers look to transform the way users take pictures with their mobiles many firms are already being pegged to be working on new developments for release in the very near future.

Sony is one firm reportedly focussing it efforts on creating a 20 megapixel sensor, and rumour has it the company will also be bringing the Cyber-Shot designation found in its range of digital cameras to its handsets.

While this might sound like an impressive offering last year Nokia took things one step further and released the 808 PureView which featured a huge 41 megapixel camera. Although this is the only time the firm has released it oversized sensor, it’s likely it won’t be the last. Nokia’s PureView camera technology is also continuing to evolve and has since featured in the flagship Nokia Lumia 920 as well as the new Nokia Lumia 925.

Underdogs Huawei and LG are also being tipped to be working on new camera innovations to enhance optical zooming capabilities on their smartphones.

Build Quality
Handsets like the fully water resistant and dust proof Sony Xperia Z have signalled a change in the way smartphones are being constructed. Last month Google was also reported to be working on a new line of hard-wearing smartphones that are tougher and more durable than its previous offerings.

The Gorilla Glass coating commonly found skinned on top of smartphone displays could eventually be replaced by Sapphire, a material used as transparent armour on military vehicles, to provide a scratchproof and virtually shatterproof display.

When it comes to design, colour is becoming an increasingly important factor, and judging by the selection of shades already of the market it shouldn’t be too long before you can get your hands on green, purple and orange phones as well as other garish tones.

And, it doesn’t look like things will stop there. Earlier this year Taiwanese company Polytron Technologies submitted a transparent smartphone concept, further indicating that right now there seems to be no limits as to what the smartphone world is capable of producing next.

The mobile space is wide open to all manner of innovations and developments, and with a flurry of possibilities already in the making the future of smartphone technology looks very bright indeed.

Written by Sarah Hazelwood of Dialaphone, the home of all the latest mobile phones.
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This article is contributed by Sarah Hazelwood  and posted by Rizwan Ahmad Author and founder of, He is a tech blogger from India and he loves to share his thoughts by writing articles on this site to the different topics related to technology world,


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