Currently, smartphone manufacturers have stopped competing to try to make their devices as small as possible. On the contrary, the screens of modern mobile phones are getting bigger and will soon start to look like tablets.
Many new smartphone models generally have screens larger than 5 inches. And many of them barely fit in our pockets. As the screens get bigger, the thickness of smartphones tends to decrease thanks to technological advances in this area. Gadgets get thinner and lighter without losing their reliability and productivity features. Even getting help with PowerPoint presentations will soon be easier to use with a portable device due to this trend. So let’s take a closer look at these modern trends.
With the development of the Internet and many applications for smartphones, the size requirements of their screens have become more demanding. In addition to the high resolution and the ability to reproduce colors more vividly, the format is also important, mainly considering the convenience of touch operation.
In 2012, Apple made a technological leap with its iPhone 5 in terms of a revolutionary screen with an aspect ratio of 16: 9. Android devices with such screens had appeared a little earlier. This innovation made the phone longer, but not wider. Thanks to this, its users could hold the phone comfortably and the phones were more suitable for watching videos. These smartphones had HDTV resolution and supported most high definition video sources, so they made it easy to watch videos on the screen.
So when smartphone screens got bigger, it became clear over time that a 16: 9 aspect ratio was not the best option. Now the new standard is a 2: 1 screen with thin or frameless frames. What are the reasons for the change of image format? Think about how we use our phones: we spend most of our time in apps and services by scrolling text or images vertically. When we use Twitter, Facebook, an email application and browse web pages, we hold our phone with one hand, scrolling up and down. We click on the icons with our thumbs or index fingers. At the same time, we rarely turn our phones on to watch videos in an upright position.
Samsung has already produced flagship models with a viewing ratio close to 2: 1. The frames around the screen have become much narrower. The latest iPhone (X) model also has a considerably reduced structure. These two companies produce such an overwhelming percentage of all high-end smartphones that customer service will be guaranteed and the 2: 1 design trend will continue over the next few years.
Almost all smartphone manufacturers produce slim models. Today, slim and compact cell phones are a norm rather than a rarity. The thickness of the smartphone plays an important role in the overall evaluation of the device. In recent years, smartphones have become not only a means of communication, but also an element of lifestyle. Practicality and convenience are the main criteria when choosing a smartphone, although its design is always important. We consider that the thinner a device, the more modern it is. And, holding a slim smartphone is more comfortable for most people.
For example, the thinnest smartphone in the world now is the Huawei Ascend P6, which is only 6.18 thick. However, this record should soon be broken with new models. In other words, the famous iPhone 7 has a 7.1 mm body. According to some critics, the thickness of the latest Galaxy S10 Plus model, presented in February at the Samsung Unpacked Event, is 7.8 mm. For comparison, the previous Galaxy S9 Plus model was 8.5 mm. The main rival of the Galaxy S10, the flagship phone of South Korea, is the Apple iPhone XS Max 6.5 inches with a thickness of 7.7 mm.
Slim smartphones not only feature their ultra-modern design, but also their ergonomics and functionality. Many users are not ready to hide such phones in cases. Therefore, the devices must be made of materials that prevent the devices from being slightly damaged. Therefore, modern design trends include durable metal body protection material and high strength glass that resists bumps and scratches. The most important models of smartphones are thin and, in general, are not very affordable due to the more sophisticated hardware on board.
Thin phones cannot hold a charge for longer than thicker models. In addition, larger screens with ultra high resolution consume a lot of energy. As a result, batteries occupy a significant part of the space in modern devices, but their capacity increases very slightly. The working time of smartphones can often be lengthened due to the adoption of low-power processors and the optimization of the operating system. However, the problem of batteries has become a concern. A high-tech advance in this area had been delayed a long time, but so far, advances in battery technology are underway.