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It's hard to grasp just how much the mobile phone industry has advanced in the recent past.

It was almost 20 years ago when Nokia launched the one and only indestructible Nokia 3310. I remember that my mom actually dropped it cleaning her bag from the 2nd floor, when it landed, we were more afraid of making a dent in the pavement than for the phone.

Today, we have phones like the iPhone X with its revolutionary full-screen design, 4K video, facial recognition, wireless charging, and so on.

We tend to underestimate just how much more power and capabilities today's smartphones have, for example, smartphones now have processors that are more powerful than the computer that was used in the 1969 moon landing. 1,300 times more powerful to be exact.

But what will phones look like in the next 5, 10 or 20 years? Well to try to answer your question, we looked to recent trends and development in the mobile tech industry to get an understanding of what is to come.

 

 

Holographic displays

Holograms have long been a regular thing in sci-fi and futuristic fantasy films, from Iron Man to Star Wars, we have seen them everywhere, but how close are we to being able to have it on our smartphones?

From the looks of it, not that far. Holographic phones could soon be a reality, an expensive one though. There are some rumors about a few prototype phones made in China and the USA that are supposedly going to launch as soon as next year in 2020.

 

Flexible Displays

Unlike Holograph displays, flexible screens are going to be the hot trend this year, with a dozen companies such as Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei, LG and many more all planning to release foldable phones in the next year.

It looks like Samsung with the help of Google partnership made a breakthrough in the folding possibilities of a phone and are promising more than just folding your phone in half.

Flexible displays are going to be a very interesting topic this year since it can be implemented in much more than just the smartphones and will for sure be a hot topic in the next few years.

 

 

Back to basics

One of the most interesting, and maybe an unexpected trend that we might see is a return to basic phones.

In the last few years we have seen the Re-imagined Nokia 3310, but even more, attention was grabbed by The Light Phone. 
The company has managed to raise over $400,000 back in 2015 on its Kickstarter campaign. The Light Phone has become something of a legend in the feature phone hall of fame.

You’ll have no camera, no music, no internet, no GPS, no games, no social media. Heck, even texting is off the menu. This device takes and receives calls and that is it. That’s the only thing it can do.

You might think of it as not such a great idea but considering that they are launching The Light Phone 2 and managed to raise over $2 million on Indiegogo, it's clear that some of us prefer the old ways, so who knows what we will be seeing in the future from these kinds of phones.

 


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