The Awesome New Features Coming to the Next Generation of Smartphones
by Stephan Jukic – August 2nd, 2014
Large makers of the technology that goes into our smartphones have revealed a fascinating glimpse of what kinds of specific features we can expect to have in the coming generations of smartphones (and possibly tablets).
One of the most active of these manufacturers is Qualcomm and they’ve recently revealed some of the several features they themselves are tipping forward; features we can look forward to in the latest upcoming phones such as the iPhone 6, iPad 5 and Samsung Galaxy S5.
Furthermore, market adoption will also soon have many of these same awesome tech specs popping up in all sorts of other, less costly phones soon after their initial adopters establish them.
Let’s take a look.
Though questions are still being raised over the need for 4K technology on displays as small as those of smart phones, the fact that the new resolution setting will distinctly improve how our phones can show us brilliant images and video is without doubt. After all, there really will be 3,840 x 2,160 pixels packed into each new 4K phone screen and while not visible to all users, the clarity they provide will create for some truly fantastic zoon clarity and overall screen display realism.
Qualcomm claim’s we’re not far at all from Ultra HD displays and extremely powerful processing chips such as their Snapdragon 800 and Apple’s own 64 bit processor for smartphones already give them enough computing power to render 4K display imagery.
4K Photo and Video Recording
4K photo shooting is already being found in a number of high end smartphones such as the latest from Samsung Galaxy and Sony Xperia but it will only become much more common in many other, lower cost brands of phone cameras. Furthermore, we can expect their megapixel capacities to keep leaping upwards given that Sony’s latest Xperia phone is already coming with a 20 megapixel camera, the Nokia Lumia 1020 has a whopping 41 megapixels and there are even rumors of upcoming phone cameras with 50+ megapixel ranges.
4K video capacity in smartphones is obviously much more processor intensive and thus much rarer, but even that is already available in the newly released Acer Liquid S2 line of phones and we can look forward to this feature also becoming more common as Samsung and Sony adopt the same technology, again, with the help of 64 bit processing chips such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 and 860.
Superior Audio, Immersive Gameplay and Decreased power Consumption
As 4K resolution for smartphones arrives soon enough, it would be a shame to have beautiful visual rendering accompanied by completely crappy audio on games and videos. This is where new developments in phone sound systems come into play. HTC is already making progress here by installing multiple mics in its “One” phones for deeper, richer sound and according to Qualcomm, even more advanced sound features such as arrays of four embedded microphones and 5.1 surround sound playback will soon be in the latest phones.
With beautiful 4K display and a dramatically improved audio experience, it’s only natural that upcoming smartphones will also be built with more immersive gameplay in mind. While the technology for processing high-action game movements on a small 4K screen is still a bit further down the road, we’re definitely headed in that direction for some of the more distant generations of mobile devices.
Given all these features, there will also be some serious hurdles to cover in terms of keeping power consumption in our upcoming 4K UHD, Surround audio phones efficient. Thus, this is the next big challenge for many phone and chip makers, developing phones like those described here in a way that causes them to use their battery power with absolute precision efficiency.
What’s coming to our smartphones truly is looking exciting.
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