Top 10 Latest Mobile Trends You Will See in 2021
For the average consumer, it might be difficult to keep tabs on the developments being made in the smartphone industry. Considering the fact that brands are constantly innovating, and coming up with new features and technologies to improve the smartphone experience, one would be forgiven for not being up-to-date with all the latest trends.
More than any other industry, the smartphone industry warrants smartphone brands to be on their toes, and as we’ve seen in the past, any company that fails to keep pace with the rest of the pack will find itself staring down the barrel rather quickly.
Over the past few years, we have seen brands offering unique features that quickly became ubiquitous. For instance, Vivo’s pop-up cameras caught the attention of the consumers and other brands alike, and soon other smartphone companies started offering phones with motorized cameras. The same can be said about foldable smartphones, and mobile devices with in-display fingerprint sensors. So what are the top 10 latest smartphone trends we can expect in 2021? Let us take a look.
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100W fast charging
From Dart Charging to Warp Charging, smartphones today come with fast charging support, enabling smartphone users to power up their devices quickly. While we have seen 65W fast charging with some of the premium smartphones, the latest trend could see brands breaking that barrier, and offering 100W fast charges support. That would undoubtedly be a game-changer, as smartphones can now be charged in the blink of an eye!
Samsung has always been ahead of the competition when it comes to batteries. Last year, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy M51, which came with the tagline of ‘Meanest Monster’, as it came with a 7,000mAh battery. Earlier this year, the brand launched the Samsung Galaxy F62, which also housed a mammoth 7,000mAh battery. By the end of the year, we can see more brands offering smartphones with 7,000mAh batteries.
Affordable 5G-enabled smartphones
Xiaomi, Realme and OnePlus are all working on offering pocket-friendly 5G-enabled smartphones. Today, the cheapest 5G-enabled smartphone costs anywhere between Rs. 20,000 – Rs. 25,000, however, we can see more 5G-enabled mobile phones being offered for less than Rs. 15,000 in 2021.
Revolutionary 108MP cameras became all the rage in 2020, with even Realme 8 Pro and Xiaomi Mi 10i smartphones coming equipped with 108MP cameras. These mobile phones cost around Rs. 20,000, which only makes us believe that in 2021, we can find best-in-class cameras in mobile phones costing less than Rs. 15,000!
Adaptive refresh rates
Smartphones today come with variable or adaptive refresh rates to offer an unparalleled gaming experience. What this essentially means is that the refresh rate can change to provide the best-in-class viewing or gaming experience. While this feature is currently available in premium smartphones, with smartphone users wanting an enhanced gaming experience, we can soon see brands incorporating this feature in phones across the board.
Faster processor with more RAM size
Whether we talk about MediaTek Dimensity chipsets, HiSilicon Kirin SoC, or Qualcomm Snapdragon chips, mobile phone brands are now offering faster processors. You can now get a 6GB RAM mobile with a mid-range processor for less than Rs. 15,000, and we might see that becoming a trend in 2021.
More AR applications
Augmented Reality (AR) takes the viewing and gaming experience to the next level, and we can soon have e-commerce platforms using AR to let consumers try on clothes or jewellery items, which elevates the online shopping experience.
There are currently two schools of thought when it comes to curved displays. While it gives the smartphone a premium look, and makes it extremely chic and stylish, it also makes the smartphone prone to damages. However, with strong curved displays, we can see more smartphone models sporting such displays, as they offer more screen-to-body ratio, and a better viewing experience.
Rollable and foldable screens
LG recently introduced its premium rollable smartphone, while a handful of brands have already launched foldable mobile phones. In 2021, we can expect smartphone brands to better this technology, and offer more smartphone models with rollable and foldable displays.
Computational photography allows users to capture pristine images, regardless of the surroundings. The AI-powered cameras also offer features like day-time light painting, and sky replacement, and this technology can revolutionize the smartphone landscape. This software-driven photography method is already being employed by smartphone brands, which optimize the hardware and software of mobile phones to deliver peak performance.
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