What should you look for in a smartphone?

What should you look for in a smartphone

Innovation is all around us and happening at a rate that we have never seen. A huge part of this innovation is the smartphone. With the rise of 5G and IoT, manufacturers need to ensure that their phones are equipped with the latest technology. Every new version of a phone should come with more exciting and enhanced features that distinguish it from the one before. Higher storage capacity, better cameras, more battery life are just some of the improvisations that we are seeing. 2020 has been dubbed the year of the smartphone, as the market gets to grips with the digital world. But what should you look for in a new phone? Inside Telecom explains more.

Better refresh rates

The OnePlus model ensured that it showcased how its 90Hz screen refresh rate delivers a smooth and flawless experience. Most phones function with a 60Hz refresh rate and very few gaming phones were delivering high refresh rate screens until recently. OnePlus changed that notion with its OnePlus 7 series in 2019 and even Realme delivered a 90hz screen with the X2 Pro. The main benefit of a high refresh rate is especially visible in gaming. In 2020, there are rumors of Samsung coming up with a 120Hz refresh rate.

Better battery life

Big batteries make your phone look bulky and ugly. Even though we all complain about the need for longer battery life, a heavy phone is not something we’re willing to have. Another option to a bigger and longer lasting battery is the option to charge fast so that you don’t have to spend hours waiting for a few % in battery life. Fast charging was introduced across most brands in 2019 and models from OnePlus, Realme and Huawei saw top speed charging on their smartphones ranging between 40W to 65W, which charged the phones from 0 to 100 in less than 40 minutes on some phones.

The foldable

Yes, we’re back to this topic, again! Last year, Samsung introduced their first smartphone with a foldable screen and this was later followed by an announcement of the Moto RAZR 2019, a flip-style phone with a foldable screen that is expected to be available this year. Samsung started a trend with the Galaxy Fold, which is to be followed by versions from, Xiaomi and Huawei at some point this year. Samsung also launched its second foldable phone at their February unpacked event.

More rear camera lenses
Apart from the higher megapixel cameras, the other trend we expect to grow, is of increased number of lenses on a smartphone. We already have smartphones with quad rear cameras and dual front cameras, but in 2020, expect the number to increase. Nokia already has a phone with five rear cameras, so more brands should pick up this feature and give the users five or may be six cameras on the rear this year.

108MP and above cameras

Last year, 48MP cameras on phones became the norm, while 64 MP cameras also reached the mid-price segment. However, Xiaomi went one step further and showcased their concept Mi Mix Alpha smartphone with a massive 108MP camera. Considering that this technology exists and is already available for smartphone vendors, 2020 should see more and more phones with a 108MP camera.