Smartphones are on the verge of the biggest revolution since the invention of the term itself. In the last ten years since the launch of the first iPhone, smartphones have gone on to become faster, bigger and sleeker with more than impressive photographic capabilities and attention to detail to their design.
Advancement in the mobile phone processor notwithstanding, suffice it to say that the fingerprint authentication system is perhaps the most radical technology to have ever been used on a mobile phone so far (especially when it has now become quite mainstream). Another aspect of technology that is catching up fast is the use of dual camera. While we are still quite some time away from making a proper use of two camera lenses simultaneously, it still has brought some interesting advantages to photography through mobile phones. On the other hand, a screen dominant display is still a bit tricky to get right without hurting the ergonomics and practicality of a device.
But there is more to look forward to when it comes to smartphones in general. The revolution shall come in the form of the biggest evolution in design and technology.
Foldable (or Bendable) Display
This has been known for quite some time that there are companies that are trying to entertain the idea of foldable display panels. You can bend them like a flexible plastic material without causing any damage whatsoever to the material itself and to the display quality. Samsung and few others have shown prototypes of this tech. However, it is still far from being a reality especially considering its practicality aspect. After all, we need to consider the relevance of a foldable screen with respect to its primary and only vital feature – viewability.
While it is becoming quite a mainstream feature in mid to high-end devices, we are already arriving at the next level of fingerprint authentication system. Apple may not be the first to do it, but it made it noticeable and common. We have seen it implemented on various Home button on many smartphones since the days of iPhone 5S. It has been put at the back as well depending on how manufacturers see it fit.
Now, companies are trying to incorporate the fingerprint sensor into the display panel itself. Apple and Samsung have been rumored to have this in their next flagship models, but it seems we may have to wait a bit longer to see these two biggest smartphone protagonists actually pulling it off. Of course, they are already working on it.
In fact, it is Vivo that went ahead and showed this tech in a prototype device just few days back. However, it is very much in the development phase only and we will likely have to wait till 2018 to see the screen integrated biometric sensor in a mass production device.
Optical Zoom in a Mobile Phone Camera
Optical Zoom is one of those features which is usually found in dedicated digital or DSLR cameras. It is a hardware zoom (compared to the digital zoom driven purely by software) which results in bringing the subject closer without compromising the pixels or the resolution (basically the quality of the image).
We have seen Apple iPhone 7S Plus achieve 2x optical zoom with the secondary lense of its dual camera. But it isn’t the only one. Oppo is said to be working on a phone camera with 5x optical zoom while the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8 may have 3x optical zoom.
VPS (Visual Positioning Service) Navigation
In the unending quest to make location services easier and more advanced, Visual Positioning Service will act as one of the most effective and useful technologies to allow people in locating objects, as well as their own location, in a large indoor area like a shopping mall.
VPS will allow people in locating certain items that they would like to find in an indoor location. So no more asking others where you could find your favorite gadget in a mall! It is said to use Augmented Reality to achieve this feat and this will find a way into future mobile phones.
The future is handheld devices is really bright and quite clearly they are going to play a much larger role in our lives in just few years down the line.
News source: tech.sina.com