2017’s Smartphone Predictions
While the past year has been all about pricing with a vast range of smartphones (with competitive features) being made available under Rs. 15,000, the predictions for 2017 sound exciting and definitely something to look forward to. Rumoured to launch are not just new smartphones, but also updates from biggies such as Apple, Samsung, Google and LG. What’s not to love?
Dual cameras – This feature helps the user create both a bokeh effect (a special photography effect) as well as obtain an analogue zoom. These dual cameras (on the backs of smartphones) bring in more flexibility, and do more than a single camera setup would. Further, with component prices likely to be lowered, don’t be surprised if you see this offering even with mid-range smartphones. While there have been forays made into introducing these cameras by makers such as LG, they are yet to hit the market in full force – something that 2017 seems to hold for us all.
Less buttons – This rumour is strongly directed at the giants such as Apple and Samsung, whose phones are believed to have bigger screens and smaller bezels in their upcoming avatars. So much so, there could be on the horizon smartphones that have just the home button and no other. However, the wait for bezel-free phones could be much longer, but overall it is becoming increasingly apparent that less is more.
Headphone jacks – It was believed that smartphones this year would be minus the ubiquitous 3.5 mm headphone jacks, with the USB-C being the only solution on offer. Manufactures consider this to be a space saving solution, whereby internal space could instead be allotted to additional parts or possibly bigger batteries. However, looks like this rumour may just be dispelled, because the quality output from these supersedes that of wireless headphones for the moment. Hence, phones that are being rolled out this year will continue to have the headphone jacks – yes, even the high-end smartphone models.
Improved charging capabilities, better battery power – While apps and features on smartphones grow in leaps and bounds, the chargers aren’t often able to keep up. As a result, as much as you may love your high-end phone, its downside is definitely the fact that you cannot go the best part of the day without having to plug in to a charger at some point. OnePlus scored with its Dash Charging technology, as did Qualcomm’s Quick Charge, which paved the way for this to be high demand in 2017’s new releases, using the USB-C cables. This will likely encompass mid-range phones as well, upping their value for money quotient.
Bluetooth 5 – Believed to be a replacement for the existing Bluetooth 4.2, the new, refreshed version will allow devices to have a range of up to 120 metres. This will help transfer files significantly faster than any of its earlier avatars. Further, the download speed too will be twice as fast as the current version.
2017 could well be the year to look forward to, with innovations and new trends across the board when it comes to smartphones.
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by techtalks @TechTalks February 24, 2017 1:36 PM UTC