Ever since Apple unveiled the very first iPhone in 2007, smartphones have been constantly evolving. They are now capable of many things that even the most optimistic observer would have struggled to predict. As these devices become increasingly more powerful and more capable, those that design them are becoming increasingly bold and adventurous in their design ideas. 2018 could well be the year that we start to see some of the more experimental features that have been touted over the last few years.
Here is a selection of some of the features which are likely to start appearing in smartphones in the near future and could conceivably debut in 2018.
Foldable screens have been on the horizon for some time now. A number of tech companies have shown off foldable display technology in recent years, however the technology is proving exceptionally difficult to perfect. Samsung has shown off prototypes not only for foldable screens, but for affordable devices. Their goal is to produce a phone which can be unfolded into a tablet, rumor suggests that the Korean tech giant might unveil this elusive device when they unveil the next iteration of their galaxy smartphone range. Keep an eye on sites such as apexbeats.com to stay up to date with the latest developments from the world of smartphone tech.
Those of us who can still remember the quality of early phone cameras can attest to just how significantly they have improved in the time since they were introduced. Initially, having a camera on a phone was little more than a gimmick, the quality was too poor to do anything substantial with them. Now, however, many phone cameras rival the quality and utility of a standard digital camera. As technology in this regard continues to improve, many manufacturers are now producing phones which utilize a dual lens on the camera to allow for the highest possible quality photography. 2018 will almost certainly be the year when this approach becomes the industry standard.
Edge to Edge Displays
Flagship handsets from both Apple and Samsung in 2017 showed off their respective companies’ approaches to bezel-free displays. By designing smartphone screens to take advantage of the full size of a device, it is much easier to create smartphones that have the same utility as a tablet. Until now, these devices, often referred to as ‘phablets’, have been necessarily large devices. Their size has made them unappealing to the average user and they have instead been something of a niche. That is all about to change; big displays are going to become the standard as manufacturers do away with wasted space.
Wireless charging isn’t new, but it is a useful technology which has yet to be implemented to its fullest extent. Now that Apple have introduced wireless charging (using the same standard as Android manufacturers) in their latest handset, we can expect to see an increase in both the number of phones that support the technology, and the number of wireless charging points that are available to use in public.
These are just some of the most significant trends to watch out for over the next year. The tech world is nothing if not unpredictable, and anything could happen over the next 12 months.