The year 2020 brought us a pandemic that changed the way we think about modern technologies forever. Currently, the smartphone not only replaces many different devices, such as a camera or TV, but also becomes the center of social life, entertainment and finances. The lockdown times have clearly shown this. Does this affect the mobile trends in 2021 in any way?
One trend that should really become obvious is rethinking the naming and positioning system of newly released smartphones. Adding suffixes like pro or lite that really mean nothing and are used too often to actually emphasize a particular feature of a particular model should be a thing of the past. The solution to this problem is to name the phones according to the characteristics that really distinguish them. An example of this is, for example, SuperZoom for the camera - this name will actually say something to the recipient and will not be misleading. Easier name understanding also means less spending on unnecessary marketing, so the benefits are for all parties.
A few years ago, phones with a screen larger than 6 inches were considered tablets. Later this trend changed and the larger diagonals became fashionable. The compact phone trend will now return, although it is certainly not going to cover the entire market. Small smartphones have their drawbacks, such as smaller batteries, thermal problems or weaker speakers. However, many people are looking for such smaller, probably more comfortable cameras that can easily fit in a trouser pocket, which is why these will also appear on sale.
Nowadays, it is the quality of the camera that most of the buyers of new smartphones pay attention to, and nothing will change in this respect. Phone manufacturers, however, often just hit the wall in terms of what they can offer in the case of still compact models. They are currently focusing on more software solutions to improve the quality of their cameras. In 2021, you can expect more frequent use of cameras below the display in the case of the front camera. Still such solutions are tested, and the manufacturers cannot boast of one hundred percent certainty of the quality of these cameras.
Calming down the specification race:
The nature of Android abhors a vacuum, which is why every year there are new specifications designed to win the hearts of its fans. However, this does not always translate into the actual quality of the phones created. Higher and higher specifications alone do not affect how the smartphone actually works. This is a problem not only at the user level, but also at the level of the marketing activity itself, when what appears in a proud advertisement does not necessarily translate into reality..
Curved displays (and the folding phones that will appear in the next section) have a group of supporters and opponents, not only among actual users. On the one hand, the curved display is certainly great visual effects, which has already proven itself in the case of televisions and computer monitors, and a better screen-to-body ratio. On the other hand, they take up more space, which has nothing to do with the idea of compact phones, and are also more susceptible to damage. Of course, work is underway to overcome these disadvantages, both at the largest manufacturers such as Samsung and OnePlus, and at smaller players such as Huawei, Oppo and Vivo. The more good quality models with curved screens appear, and they are affordable, the greater the chance that this trend will also extend to the years to come..
Folding smartphones are a category somewhat similar to previous curved screens. Also in this case, everything came from Samsung and other manufacturers distanced themselves from it for a long time. Currently, however, there is a chance that such models will be more common. As long as there are no alternatives, the trend cannot develop. Currently, you can meet with reports that Xiaomi and Oppo are also working on folding models, so there is hope for more competition, and thus for the dissemination of this solution.
Fast charging standards:
Telephones are doing more and more, so they also need more energy to function properly, and it's not surprising. Currently, even budget models offer better charging speeds - even under an hour. Interoperability is a major obstacle that currently has no remedy. Some manufacturers have opted for a higher voltage while others have opted for multiple inlet points. Due to this fragmentation, USB Type-C is everywhere, but the preferred charging standard is not. Brands should work on this and add at least one common standard to support, for example UDB PD or Qualcomm Quick Charge. Then phone owners could really stop worrying about the lack of a charger and it would be a big step forward.