The Future of Smart Phones lies in 4K and Massive Amounts of Megapixels
by Stephan Jukic – August 2nd, 2014
What is the future of smart phones going to be like? Well, according to expert sources such as the chip maker Qualcomm, the sky will be the limit and consumers will want whatever manufacturers can fit into their devices at a convenient price.
The bottom line is that consumers want as much fantastic technology as they can fit into their phones. They’re naturally never completely satisfied as long as something bigger and better is around the corner and a lot of smart phone makers are bound to respond to this.
Also, as the technological capabilities of phones keep improving, the people who own them use the devices for ever more things such as watching movies, filming movies, taking high quality photos and browsing the web at the fastest possible speed and with the best possible clarity.
These trends are naturally going to lead to more phones emerging with built-in high end specs such as 4K photo/video shooting capacity and massive megapixel counts.
For now, most manufacturers are sticking to 2K phone displays and Apple computer is already famous for its beautifully clear Retina technology but some companies such as Samsung and Acer have already released phones with 4K cameras built into them this year. Furthermore, Apple’s own iPhone 6, which is supposed to go on sale later in the year is rumored to be coming with a 4K camera and a UHD Sapphire screen that beats even Retina in its clarity.
The iPhone 6 is expected to come with a very respectable 13 megapixels built into its camera and even this has already been beaten by news of Sony’s new line of Xperia Z3 Android phones –coming out later this year—which will have their own 20 megapixel 4K cameras! The megapixel count is only expected to increase further from there.
Naturally, screen resolution on smart phones will also soon follow and other issues such as processing capacity and battery power remain a problem but even here, the industry itself will almost certainly find ways of resolving the issues at hand as they emerge.
Since long lasting battery power is a key concern for smart phones, it will be critical to maintain processors that are as lightly powered as possible while at the same time being able to render the needs of 4K cameras and dozens of megapixels. Already, this problem is being dealt with in the form of technologies such as the 64 bit, PC level processing chip Apple is putting into its iPhones, iPad Air tablets and iPad Minis.
Other companies such as Qualcomm and Nvidia are releasing their own powerful Snapdragon 800 processor for Android smart phones. This chip is also designed to efficiently handle the requirements of 4K rendering and shooting and it’s already found in devices such as the Galaxy Note 3, LG G2 and Sony Xperia Z Ultra.
The Snapdragon 800 chip alone is already capable of providing support for cameras with up to a whopping 55 megapixels and although no current smart phone offers that many megapixels, the fact that it’s already feasible will ensure that consumers can soon get their hands on phones with truly remarkable cameras built into them.
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