Every year, new features and technologies are added to smartphones. In this article, we will take a look at the best smartphone innovations for 2021.
Technology is moving at an astonishing rate. We still remember how happy we were to buy a Walkman nearly three decades ago. We now carry a bizarre means of communication that incorporates all of the world’s music. We still call it “telephone”. But these days, unlike in the past, the least that users can do with their phones is make calls.
You know all this, and to say it is just a repetition. Yes phones are now music players, personal cameras, game consoles , programming offices, portable cinemas, health educators and anything else you don’t see on this list. And every year, techies try to keep us up to date with new features and technologies in smartphones that amaze us, just like in science fiction movies.
2020 was the year of flexible phones with flexible screens that turned an advertising technique into a final product for the market. We have seen the widespread acceptance of fingerprint sensors under the display, various mechanical solutions to hide the selfie camera, as well as displays with high refresh rates. This time it is time to take a look at the best smartphone innovations for 2021.
The best smartphone innovations for 2021
1- Selfie camera under the screen
One of the best smartphone innovations currently available is the camera technology under the screen. The ZTE Exxon 20 5G is the world’s first smartphone to feature a selfie camera under the screen. Although the experience with this camera was disappointing, do not forget that it is the first generation of these cameras. Manufacturers are trying to remove cuts from the screens of their beautiful smartphones, and this is the way to go.
ZTE solution is still very raw and not very useful. Besides, it is not beautiful. Of course, this device has not yet reached mass production, and similar to what Royole did in 2018 with the introduction of its flexible FlexPai phone, it is more a way to make the brand stand out than a suitable device on the market.
But the important thing is that bigger companies are working on developing this technology. The camera under Samsung’s display is in advanced development, and some reports suggest that Apple is working on similar technology. In any case, many prefer the quality of the selfie camera not to be too high, but to have a full-screen display. Just like flying cars, this is one of the promises that has not been fulfilled for years.
2- Super fast charging
One of the best innovations of smartphones that is getting better every year is fast charging technology. Device charging speeds are constantly increasing, and the ability to fully charge the phone in 30 minutes (or even less) is the most useful and practical innovation among the technologies achieved. Last year, Xiaomi unveiled the Mi Charge Turbo 100-watt charging technology, which can charge the phone’s battery in just 17 minutes. This technology has not yet reached the implementation stage.
Samsung has unveiled a new pair of Type-C power controllers that cover up to 100 watts of power. This means that Chinese companies can not easily expand in this area. At the same time, Unikorn Semiconductor will increase the production of GaN-on-Si chipsets for fast charging devices from 65 watts to 100 watts in the second half of 2021. This means that by the end of the year, we will see the supply of more 100 watt chargers in the global market.
3- New types of folding and self-healing screens
Folding phones will not fall behind in 2021, but quite the opposite will happen. As the technology matures, new designs will emerge and smarter concept designs will emerge. ZTE has patented a folded phone in three names, while LG has unveiled its rolling phone in a video teaser. Samsung is also said to be working on a roll-up phone; But there is a big problem here, and that is physics.
One of the biggest challenges before display flexibility is its durability. Developers have worked hard for decades to produce stronger glass displays, and now everything is rotated 180 degrees. Because it is not possible to be strong and flexible together, and this is because of the laws of physics. There may be a way to solve this problem and it can be the use of self-healing surfaces.
Remember the LG G Flex phone that was released in 2013? It was equipped with a self-healing back cover that is now expected to shape the future of flexible handsets. Apple last year patented a self-repairing display that provides a good explanation for it:
The screen protector layer may include an elastomer layer in the flexible zone to increase its flexibility. The healing process may be triggered by heat, light, electric current, or any other type of external stimulus.
4- Phones without port
Smartphone manufacturers continue to remove ports from their phones. To be honest, this seems disappointing. The 3.5mm headphone jack has now been removed from most new flagship phones, Apple is offering its iPhones without a charger, and Samsung has decided to remove the microSD card slot from the handsets. So why not remove other ports from the phone?
It’s funny, but if it doesn’t happen this year, it will definitely happen in the next few years. With the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack with microSD port, electronic SIM card technology is becoming more popular and wireless chargers are becoming more and more powerful. So soon there will be no need for a SIM card port as well as a charge. Meizu put a completely portless phone called the Meizu Zero on mass-funded websites, which was successfully launched in January 2019.
John Prosser, an analyst at Apple, says there is a 70 percent chance that iPhone 13 Pro models will have a portless design. And since the iPhone 13 is introduced this year, it makes us more excited than ever.
5- Mobile micro LED display
Maybe it’s too late. For the first time in 2016, there were rumors that Apple iPhones might use a display with micro-LED technology. Five years have passed since then and there is still no news about microLED technology. So far we have only heard about this technology. It is similar to OLED panels but without the burn and aging in the long run and also provides more light.
Recently, rumors have been circulating about a clamshell iPhone with a flexible display. Other large technology companies (such as Sony) are also working on microLED; So you can learn more about this technology soon.
These are just 5 of the best smartphone innovations for 2021 that we are looking forward to meeting. Certainly some companies are secretly developing technologies that are not yet known.