Towards the end of every year, industry observers and analysts begin voicing their predictions as to what’s coming next. They peer into their crystal balls, consider what the grapevine has to say and start painting a picture of the next 12-month period. And of course, while some of these predictions turn out to be accurate, most tend to be pure sci-fi fantasy.
Truth is, the kinds of advancement that become a standard for flagship smartphones each year rarely take the kinds of enormous steps forward some predict. After all, it was back in 2012 that the world was pretty much promised that the next round of flagship phones would feature bendable/foldable displays, two-week batteries, 3D touch screens and so on.
All of which turned out to be ill-founded and bogus.
So, taking a look at things from a more realistic perspective, what are the kinds of features we can expect to see becoming the new norm this year? Or for that matter, what are the features we really want and need to see becoming a part of every flagship phone?
The way we see it, there’s one all-important factor when it comes to determining important features. That being – features that benefit EVERY user. Not just those who enjoy the more technical side of things, but every user across the board.
And with this, we genuinely believe that the five most important things every phone-maker should be focusing on right now other than the Android rooting for their next wave of devices are as follows.
5 Features We Want Every Flagship Android Phone To Have This Year:
First and foremost, we’ve been living in an era where large bezels really aren’t necessary for quite some time now. It’s just that near-bezel-free displays have been limited only to a select handful of devices for a somewhat OTT price. As such, we’d like to think that over the coming year or so, every flagship phone across the board will do away with bezels to the greatest realistic extent. Which isn’t just for the sake of making touch screens larger, but also keeping the overall dimensions of smartphones as compact as possible. The technology is already out there in the wild, so it’s really only a matter of time until it becomes a new standard.
You don’t have to be an aspiring professional photographer to get a real kick and plenty of use out of dual-camera technology. The long and short of it being that dual-camera technology makes it exponentially easier to take the kinds of pictures you would never have been able to with just a single lens. By effectively taking two separate pictures at the same time and combining them, dual-camera technology lets you do all sorts of weird and wonderful things in terms of focus, colour enhancement and the ability to take great shots with next to no lighting available. Once again, previously confined to the most expensive devices, though soon to become standard.
The days of being able to get away with limited waterproofing or no waterproofing whatsoever are coming to an end. The same also being said for paying excessive prices for smartphones that can survive being dunked in the ocean. Or the bath. Or the toilet, for that matter. The way we see it, manufacturers just aren’t going to get away with releasing even mid-range devices that are not guaranteed waterproof for much longer. Particularly if you are planning on spending a good amount of money on a smartphone, it really isn’t too much to ask for it to be waterproof in this day and age.
Advanced Screen Protection
Likewise, the same can also be said for the kind of touch screen technology that produces a practically unbreakable panel. Touch screen fragility continues to represent the single biggest bug-bear in the minds of millions of smartphone users, for whom the tiniest tap is often enough to lay waste to their devices. Meanwhile, manufacturers like Lenovo are producing Moto devices that are borderline impossible to break – regardless of what you throw at them. The more you spend on a mobile device, the greater the resistance you expect it have to everyday life. Unfortunately, things have actually worked in quite the opposite way until relatively recently. That being, the more expensive and prestigious the device, the easier it has been to shatter the screen.
Better Battery Life
Last but not least, it’s one thing to produce an incredibly powerful smartphone that can handle absolutely anything you can throw at it. However, it’s something else entirely to deliver a device with a battery that can keep it running for more than 24 hours or so. Research has shown that as far as most consumers are concerned, the one thing above all else they would like to see improved is battery life. Particularly when it comes to the kinds of devices that do not feature removable batteries, one-day battery life just isn’t good enough. So while it may be some time before the week-long battery life of traditional cell-phones is replicated in the smartphone world, three days or so of general use would be a good step in the right direction.
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