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Phones of the Future

Ever wondered what mobiles will look like in 20 years’ time? With tech advancing at such a fast pace, it’s exciting to think what is next for the mobile world , a world which has become crucial in the vast majority of people's lives.

Few have predicted what the future would hold for mobile phones and just how advanced current models would be. But with a bit more foresight, thanks to information readily available on the internet, perhaps now we can make more accurate predictions about the next generation of mobiles.

Here at Buymobiles, we thought it’d be intriguing to try and predict the ‘phone of the future’ based on what the big brands are currently looking to implement, as well as some futuristic features being talked about within the tech industry. This is what we’ve come up with…

The phone of the future

A look at the features of future phones.

No charging ports.

This is something we’d expect to see very soon on future mobiles. Big brands like Apple have been looking to implement this for some time, as charging ports often get clogged up with dust over time and need repairing. With inventions like charging tables on the rise, the need for mobiles to be plugged in is slowly fading away. It seems like a natural evolution would be for upcoming mobiles to have no charging ports in the very near future.

Flexible frames.

Samsung are strongly rumoured to be looking into this feature, showing off concepts at various trade shows. It would essentially allow the user to bend their phone to whatever angle they needed for convenience. If implemented properly, this would be a gamechanger for the mobile market, allowing it to be much more robust and less likely to be broken. Those more clumsy mobile users are in for a treat if this futuristic feature makes its way onto the mobile market.

More rear cameras.

The advancement in the quality of phone cameras has been ongoing for some time and when coupled with the fact demand is high in the social media age, this trend is showing no signs of slowing down. The latest mobiles like iPhone 12 and Samsung Galaxy S21 added another rear camera, taking the count up to 3 and everything is pointing to the fact that this number will continue to grow in future. Looks like your snaps could be getting a revamp!

Self healing phone screens.

Screens have proved to be a bit of a problematic area for mobiles, with many users breaking, scratching or smashing their screens on a regular basis – resulting in costly repairs. This is why the suggestion of self healing screens has been strongly mooted, with tech experts coming up with polymer concepts that could be the perfect material for ‘self healing screens’. This would be massively appealing to most users and remove the need for screen protectors and cases.

Holographic displays

It seems holographic displays may not just be something you see on futuristic sci-fi films. This one might not be as far down the line as we think, with Samsung filing a patent in 2019 which will see them create a unique phone dock that would allow the device to project 3-D holographic images. If this turns out to be a success, it's easy to see the same technology being applied to the device itself as opposed to a separate dock.

Wearable mobile phone.

With wearable tech becoming more and more of a trend, a number of big brands are looking into the possibilities of creating a mobile which users can wear on their wrist. This would be in line with the devices already on the market such as the Apple watch or the Fitbit and would be a natural step in combining the two devices into one but keeping the wearable tech element. Are you ready for the ultimate go-anywhere mobile?

3-D face mapping.

Face ID is a feature implemented across the last few Apple iPhones and with AI technology continuing to advance at a rapid rate, we expect to see further improvements in this area being implemented into smartphone devices. This would allow phones to recognise users with ease should they change their appearance and will make accessing the phone harder for potential thieves. This feature will have you feeling like some sort of spy – while keeping safe and secure. Safety first!

Sustainability of future mobile phones.

As well as the exciting features outlined above, we also expect manufacturers to take a hard line when it comes to the carbon footprint of their products. Based on the research, we have outlined what is predicted with new devices and increasing their sustainability in years to come:

The phone of the future infographic

It’s clear to see that the necessity to reduce emissions is very much prevalent across the tech industry, and through more environmental awareness, the demand from consumers is also there. This is reflected in search terms like ‘eco mobiles’ (25%), ‘recycled phones’ (4%) and ‘sustainable phones’ (3%) all seeing increases in search volume from 2020 to 2021 respectively. As well as all of them peaking at 100% search volume at various points during 2021 so far.

Big brands are aware of this growing demand, and it will come as no shock that measures will be taken to reduce the carbon footprint of future phones. This will involve changes in packaging, which currently comprises various environmentally unfriendly plastic elements. More sustainable options include using recycled materials for packaging and changing standard ink for alternatives such as soy based ink.

A selection of network providers have also signed up to an eco-rating scheme, which will look to assess devices based on how environmentally friendly they are. These include the mobile's durability, recyclability, repairability, climate efficiency and resource efficiency.

With this new rating system in place and the increased demand from the consumer, it would be a massive shock if phones weren’t fully environmentally friendly in years to come.

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