Every year as consumers eagerly await the release of the latest flagship smartphones, many wonder: just how much different are these devices from their predecessors? For smartphone technology, the answer is not much.
While the industry is constantly pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with mobile devices, the incremental advancements made from year to year are often minimal.
Take the latest iPhone, for example. The iPhone 14 released last year featured a slight processor upgrade, a few new camera features, and maybe a slightly larger battery. But at its core, it was still the same iPhone 13 from 2021.
I can say the same for other leading brands such as Samsung, Google, and OnePlus. These companies may introduce new design elements or features, but their overall product experience will remain much the same as it was last year.
Evolution of Smartphone Technology in 2023
Nonetheless, there are a few advancements we may see in smartphones in 2023 based on current trends in the industry.
Here are a few I will be keen on looking out for:
5G networks will be widely available by 2023, which will have a significant impact on smartphone manufacturers. As more consumers look for devices that can take advantage of the faster speeds and lower latency offered by 5G networks, manufacturers will need to ensure that more of their smartphones are 5G-compatible.
High-resolution and large-size displays
It’s expected that more and more phone makers are moving towards larger displays and high-resolution displays. I expect this trend to continue in the future.
Smartphone cameras have come a long way in recent years, and it’s likely that they will continue to improve in the future. Expect to see phones with multiple lenses, better low-light performance, and advanced features such as optical zoom and improved image stabilization.
Advanced biometric security
Face recognition and fingerprint sensors are already widely used for security on smartphones. In 2023, we may see even more advanced biometric security features such as 3D facial recognition, fingerprint sensors on the screen, or other biometric authentication methods such as iris scan.
Increased RAM & Processing Power
With games, apps, and other software becoming more complex, smartphones will need more RAM and processing power to keep up. Expect to see smartphones with up to 12GB RAM and more powerful processors.
Foldable or rollable displays
Foldable and rollable displays have been in development for some time now, but it’s likely that we will see them in more mainstream devices in 2023. This will enable for a whole new form factor for smartphones and will allow for larger screens on smaller devices.
Longer battery life
As smartphones continue to add more features and become more powerful, they also consume more power. Smartphone manufacturers will focus on improving the battery life of smartphones.
AI is getting smarter and more sophisticated and it will play a bigger role in future smartphones. Expect to see AI-powered cameras and AI-powered assistants that can do more than just respond to commands.