1. Stronger Screens
Stronger phones need stronger screens because we’d of course like all parts of the phone to be intact after a bad fall. The good news is mobile devices of the future may come with stronger screens that are made of materials like sapphire.
Apple may have introduced the use of sapphire in their Touch ID fingerprint scanner slash home button in their iPhone 5s but did you know there may be plans to use sapphire for screens as well-maybe in the iPhone 6? The man-made substance is thinner, more scratch-resistant and can be made lighter when used together with a thin layer of glass to reduce weight. Corning is also working on Gorilla Glass 3 which they claim can do what sapphire can do and more. In all cases, it’s good for consumers.
The iPad mini may be as thin as a pencil but what is the thinnest a tablet can get? PaperTab developers say paper thin. It looks like a piece of paper, and bends like one too but it is powered by an Intel processor and has a touchscreen display. Transfer of content is also as easy as touching one PaperTab to the next.
Although very thin, it still sports a 10.7-inch screen so you don’t suffer any lost in screen space. Researchers are currently working on improvising this revolutionary technology to make it available commercially. Flip phones may have been a thing of the past but one day, we might be able to fold our tablets and smartphones, like we would paper.
3. Depth-Sensing Cameras
You know of 3D printing but have you heard of 3D scanning with a smartphone? Depth-sensing cameras will allow for handheld 3D scanning, augmented reality games, and better photo-taking capabilities in future smartphones. Imagine an arcade game that scans your house and builds a game challenge using the objects, walls and map of your own house.
Occipital, the company behind Structure Sensor (the first mobile depth-sensing technology), has already developed apps that will enable us to scan objects or even entire rooms in 3D.
4. Multi-Screen Capabilities
Why limit the display you get to the screen size when you can expand your view with multi-screen capabilities? The idea is to connect and share the screen of your smartphone with your tablet, television or projector with no limitations imposed by different platforms or OS, and irrespective of make or form.
We already have Miracast, a technology that makes it possible to display videos seamlessly between various devices without wires or even a network connection. Samsung has also launched MultiScreen SDK, which allows Android and iOS apps to connect and show content on SmartTVs.
5. Dual Recording
Existing smartphones come with front and rear cameras but only one of them works at a time. Future smartphones may have better camera support to allow simultaneous recording using both cameras. In fact, some phones such as the LG Optimus G Pro and Samsung Galaxy S4 already have this feature.
Dual recording technology will give rise to innovative and specialized camera apps which will open new possibilities for creative recording. Imagine one day, recording a dance routine on the TV, along with your own dance performance in a single video using this dual recording feature.