Top trends to expect in the mobile phone industry in 2017

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Smartphones are a known culprit when it comes to revolutionary changes and mind-blowing upgrades. They are constantly growing thinner and more intelligent, perhaps a lot smarter than is cosy. But the fact is, change is inevitable, we shall continue seeing these changes for as long as the tech industry lives. USB C ports are continually replacing the older connectors and deep learning could make it a lot easier to predict human behaviour thereby enhancing the experience. So, what are some of the top trends to expect a year or two from now?

 

Hotter, cooler designs

The smartphone giants, namely Apple and Samsung have talked about giving their smartphones a startling new look. The most prominent of rumours are about the unveiling of the foldable Galaxy X. Recent rumours suggest that the phone may be ready by the end of the year.

Lenovo even revealed its Cplus foldable prototype that can be worn as a watch. So if you think this is some science fiction, then think again. Such tech may make its appearance much sooner than you think.

 

Powerful, faster chips

As expected, phones are getting closer to the PCs in terms of power. Chips are obviously going to be faster and more powerful. But what makes this trend a big deal is the fact that virtual reality is just taking form.

The chips need to be as powerful as they can to support virtual reality. More and more handsets are going to run virtual reality applications and even games. Currently, only the high end phones such as the Galaxy 7 support VR. However, this feature is expected to trickle down to the mid-range phones too.

Support of VR would also see phones having an even better resolution so as to make the experience worthwhile. So expecting phones with extremely high-resolution displays isn’t a farfetched idea.

 

USB-C

As mentioned, USB-C ports will replace the old beloved USB 2.0 ports. Recent phones such as the Oneplus 5 and Samsung Galaxy 8, Sony Xperia XZ Premium are some of the best phones that have gone down this path. And it’s not so hard to figure out why. The USB-C is faster and not only does it make charging a speedy process, but it’s also immensely versatile in connecting to other displays such as high-definition monitors, external hard drives and even flash drives.

 

Faster LTE speeds

New model technologies inbuilt into the phones will make the phones experience overwhelming LTE speeds. The Galaxy S7 and iPhone 7 are hitting 600 Mbps download speeds due to the new modem technologies. The Snapdragon X16 modem could see phones reaching up to 1Gbps. However, these speeds all depend on the mobile handset carrier’s network capabilities.

Dual camera system

For the selfie fanatics, this is one priceless trend. High-end phones have been witnessed to posses dual cameras and this allows for much better processing and can accommodate a wider range of view for a group selfie. And this is not a feature that will remain confined to the high-end phones alone, we’ll be seeing a lot more of such cameras henceforth.

 

There you have it, some of the trends to watch out for in a year or two. So if you are thinking of getting yourself a new phone, or renewing your mobile contract, have these trends in mind.

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