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10 Smartphone trends for 2017

2017 Smartphone trends

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Smartphones are getting smarter every year. If you belong to the generation where you started using smartphones in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, compare the phones that you had then and now. It is as different as day and night. Today’s smartphones are no bulkier. They are slim, smaller and easy to carry around. The screen is crystal clear and it’s a pleasure to see pictures and watch movies. Some of the camera’s in high-end phones are as powerful as a DSLR camera. The operating systems in smartphones today are so user-friendly that anybody can navigate through using the touch interface.

1. Faster Microprocessor

Microprocessors are going to be very fast in 2017. Qualcomm Snapdragon recently announced S835 which is faster, smaller and consume less battery compared to previous versions S820 and S821. So, you can expect phones which are more powerful, energy efficient and smaller in size.

The microprocessors of today already have Quad-core (4 core) and Octa-core (8 core). Next year, we’ll have a microprocessor with Deca-core (10 core) which is going to be introduced with Media Teks Helio X30. With Deca-core, your smartphone is going to be faster and capable to handle multi-tasks with ease without slowing down the device.

Combined with the graphics processor and enough RAM, you may have a smartphone as powerful as your gaming PC.

Here is a list of Smart Phone and Tablet Processors

2. Increased Storage Space

The smartphones will have an increased storage capacity. As of now, the maximum storage space in a commercially available SD card is 256GB. Storage space is going to increase in 2017. SanDisk already has a prototype for 1TB SD card.

3. Variety designs

Smartphones are going to come in all sizes and shapes. More smartphones might extend the screen to edges as in Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. After a lot of research, Samsung is finally ready to release phones that are foldable. Microchip manufacturers Qualcomm reduced the available space by 40% compared to its previous versions. The same can be expected from other major chip manufacturers creating smaller smartphones.

The smartphones are also going to be more water and dust resistant.

4. VR (Virtual Reality)

Virtual Reality is going to be the next big thing in the future for our smartphones, computers, and televisions. Already Samsung has released phones that support VR with the help of VR headset. More manufacturers are going to release smartphones that support VR Apps.

With the increased processing power, most new smartphones are capable of handling VR. The bottleneck in this field is the lack of VR ready Apps.

5. Handle faster internet connections

The Internet is faster than ever before. We had high-speed 3G before, much faster 4G now and going to have 5G soon which is capable of taking download and upload speeds to Gigabit level. Technologies such as LTE 4G is capable of download speeds up to 600 Mbps and upload speed up to 150 Mbps. The next generation smartphones will be capable of using internet connections of higher speed.

6. Better battery and faster charging

Modern smartphone batteries are able to last longer. One reason is the increase in Battery storage capacity. The other is the optimal power consumption by smartphone hardware and software.

These batteries are also capable of charging very fast. Qualcomm recently announced Quick Charge 4. Using Quick Charge, the battery can be charged up to 50% with just 15 minutes charging.

7. Wireless Audio

The 3.5mm headphone jack may slowly disappear and a new generation of wireless Audio might take its place. Apple already started the trend with iPhone 7. More manufacturers are sure to adopt this technology very soon.

8. Smartphone as wallets

Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay are some of the popular smartphone wallets in the market. These services allow a smartphone to be used as a wallet. These wallet services are safer than using your ATM or credit cards. Because of the secure nature and easiness to handle, smartphones are more likely to be used as a wallet than ever before.

More about Apple Pay, Android Pay, and Samsung Pay.

9. USB Type-C

USB Type-C is most likely to emerge as the industry standard connector for transmitting data and power. USB-C also allow smartphones to be designed much thinner.

10. Bluetooth 5

Bluetooth 5 will soon be replacing the existing Bluetooth 4.2. The new technology allows a Bluetooth 5 device to have a range of up to 120 meters to transfer files which is four times that of the previous version. The download speed is up to 2Mbps which is twice faster than the previous version.

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  • Amit February 7, 2017, 7:05 am

    Hi Anup.
    I have read your article. Actually I was planning to buy a new mobile and was confused between OnePlus 3T & Galaxy S7 Edge. I am currently having an IPhone 5 and I have been using it for a long time and I’m bored of iPhone. So want to change the brand.
    I actually want a mobile with the fastest Processor and Maximum Ram Speed so I can do multitasking easily.
    Had zeroed in on OnePlus 3T but now I hear that OnePlus is coming with OnePlus 5 which will have Snapdragon 835 but don’t know when they will launch it.
    Can you plz advise what should I do.
    I can wait for 2 months.

    • Anup Raman February 7, 2017, 12:07 pm

      OnePlus 5 should be released by April or mid 2017. All news about the release is speculation. Looking at OnePlus 5 specification, it is worth the wait.
      I would also suggest Google Pixel as the best alternate Android phone.

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