The “arms race”, started by manufacturers of mobile devices, continues. What to expect from the mobile industry in 2016, let’s try to figure it out.
By the end of this year, the first ten-nuclear smartphones built on the MTK Helio X20 chipset should be on sale . If the Taiwanese manufacturer’s business will go according to plan, then in 2016 one can expect a mass appearance of tenths. First they will be the prerogative of flagship devices and devices belonging to the upper layer of the middle class. But already in the second quarter you should expect that any Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (or 5), costing $ 120-160, will also get a top-end chipset. Not too far and the release of the next model of the Taiwan chip – Helio X30.
Qualcomm will finally present to a wide range of manufacturers access to their offspring under the name Snapdragon 820. If the analysts fear that it will be as hot as the predecessor, it will be justified – cooling on heat pipes will become a common thing for flagships.
Samsung with its new Exynos Octa 8 will strive to keep the position of the leader in performance, and 100,000 points in AnTuTu will cease to be something fantastic and available only to tablets or test samples.
In the race of nuclei can take part and Apple. According to some rumors, iPhone 7 will receive instead of two – just six cores (4 fast and 2 energy efficient).
Huawei with a subsidiary of Hisilicon can become a full-fledged player in the chipset market. If their products differ in terms of top performance and reasonable price, it is quite possible that others will also want to purchase Chinese chips for use in their devices.
The trend to increase the screen resolution will not leave indifferent major manufacturers of smartphones. Sony has already released the first 4k display, and now others will want to catch up with the Japanese.
Samsung certainly try to become, if not the first, then the second in this field. According to the rumors, in February the first smartphone with UHD screen, built using Super AMOLED technology, can be seen.
Matrixes with HD-resolution should displace the outdated standard WVGA from the market. Already today their cost price allows to build such panels in smartphones cheaper than $ 100, and in the new year the price of screens will only decrease.
The development of curved display technology will allow the market to bring more of these models. To give smartphones a unique look, the manufacturers will show their imagination when choosing a form. Of course, non-standard gadgets will not become a mass product, but nevertheless, many people will undertake “pen tests”.
You can increase RAM constantly. Already today, 4 GB of RAM in the smartphone does not surprise anyone, and in 2016 such a number will receive and devices of the middle class. Flagship by the end of the year will be able to acquire 5 or more 6 GB of RAM.
The volume of internal storage in flagship smartphones by the end of the year can reach 256 GB. It is possible that one of the first devices with such a memory capacity will be iPhone 7.
The tendency to reject the microSD slot has been showing for several years already. According to available information, Galaxy S7 will also be deprived of support for memory cards. Thus, do not wait for the manufacturers to come to their senses and return the flash drives to all models. Although the appearance of 256 GB modules can refresh the interest in these accessories.
The thickness of modern smartphones does not allow you to achieve a significant increase in the volume of the battery, nor the resolution of the camera and the quality of shooting. Of course, progress goes along the way of quality, not quantity, so the trend will be optimization of energy consumption, adding new options to camera modules (such as laser autofocus, optical stabilizer, new processing methods). Under the influence of the fashion on selfi models with a full-size front array and a front flash can become larger.
The fingerprint scanner will increasingly appear in inexpensive smartphones, but become the de facto standard that is present everywhere, for a year it is unlikely to be able.
Expected New Products
The public’s interest is concentrated not only (and not so much) on technologies, as on specific models. From Samsung eagerly await the new flagship Galaxy, which can be released immediately in several revisions. The appearance of the usual 5.1-inch version, analog Edge (with a curved display) and its increased version, as well as a “premium” model with a 4-screen is expected.
Apple should release the seventh iPhone, which can acquire 6 cores, 256 GB of memory and a 2.5-inch screen. Also from the apple company waiting for the successor model 5s – a new 4-inch device, which will receive the name 6c or 7c.
Around the brands from China, too, there are many rumors. Fans of Xiaomi are already tired of waiting for the Mi5 model, which never saw the light this year. It is expected that he can go on sale not earlier than at the end of winter. Meizu is unlikely to be pulled and their new flagship MX6 will appear roughly in the summer.