Smartphones are becoming an integral part of our lives – they are the only computer many of us have ever used, and probably ever will. This is why it’s important to always keep an eye on the innovations emerging constantly on the smartphone market – they will be the ones to shape the way we use our handsets in the future. If you are one of those who use their smartphones for more than social media and Betway online betting, here are a few emerging features that might prove interesting for you when you choose your next handset.
A new generation of cameras
One of the strongest selling points for smartphones have always been their cameras – they were successful enough to effectively kill the compact camera market, offering better performance without the need to carry another gadget around. Today, in turn, smartphone cameras have become better than ever – some manufacturers call on dedicated camera specialists like Carl Zeiss (Nokia) and Leica (Huawei) to add an extra spin to their phones’ specifications.
But Nokia’s next camera phone might take things even further. The Finnish smartphone brand has recovered the patent for Pureview, a technology that has put a 41-megapixel (!) camera on a smartphone years ago. Combined with Nokia’s already great lenses, it will take smartphone photography to the absolute next level.
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Huawei has become the second largest smartphone maker in the world in the first half of this year – let’s see if this position will turn it into a trend-setter. Because the Chinese manufacturer is expected to present its new Mate 20 series of smartphones, complete with its own high-performance SoC and hardware to match the flagships of the leading brand Samsung – and a massive screen.
Rumors speak of Huawei’s upcoming Mate 20 Pro will have a 6.9″ screen, one that will make it qualify as a tablet. And it will probably not be the only phone we see with such massive screens in the coming years.
Speaking of screens, there is one thing that has been intensely discussed online and has spent years in the making – a foldable smartphone. And this year or the next, it might become a reality. After all, flexible LCD screens have been around for quite some time now – and several manufacturers, including Samsung and Huawei, have spent the last years turning them into usable smartphones.
There are currently two flexible and foldable smartphones rumored to be close to being released – by Samsung and Huawei – and at least one that would take a different approach to the matter – Microsoft is said to work on a dual-screen smartphone-tablet hybrid that would be closer to a PC than a smartphone. Still, it’s something to keep an eye on in the coming years – after all, it’s one solution to add much more screen real estate to the mix.