2015 has become quite fruitful in terms of the emergence of new technologies and interesting devices on the market. Octa-core processors began to appear not only in top smartphones, but also in budget devices of Chinese origin. Curved display technology has reached a tipping point for widespread adoption. The trend of increasing the resolution of screens, which have reached unprecedented 4K, has also been preserved.
The "arms race" started by the 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-core smartphones based on the MTK Helio X20 chipset should go on sale. If the Taiwanese manufacturer goes according to plan, then in 2016 we can expect a massive appearance of deca cores. At first, they will be the prerogative of flagship devices and devices belonging to the upper middle class. But already in the second quarter, we should expect that some Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (or 5), costing 120-160 dollars, will also acquire a top-end chipset. Not far off is the release of the next model of the Taiwanese chip - Helio X30.
Qualcomm will finally provide a wide range of manufacturers with access to its brainchild under the name Snapdragon 820. If analysts' fears that it will be as hot as its predecessor are justified - heat pipe cooling will become commonplace for flagships.
Samsung with its new Exynos Octa 8 will strive to maintain its position of the leader in performance, and 100 thousand points in AnTuTu will no longer be something fantastic and available only to tablets or test samples.
Apple can also take part in the race of cores. According to some rumors, the iPhone 7 will receive six cores instead of two (4 fast and 2 energy efficient).
Huawei with its subsidiary Hisilicon could become a full-fledged player in the chipset market. If their products have top-end performance and reasonable prices, it is quite possible that others will want to purchase Chinese chips for use in their devices.
The trend towards increasing screen resolution will not leave indifferent the main manufacturers of smartphones. Sony has already released the first 4K display, and now others will want to catch up with the Japanese.
Samsung will certainly try to become, if not the first, then the second in this field. According to rumors, the first smartphone with a UHD screen built using Super AMOLED technology may be released in February.
HD-resolution matrices should replace the outdated WVGA standard from the market. Already today, their prime cost allows such panels to be built into smartphones cheaper than $ 100, and in the new year the price of screens will only decrease.
Advances in curved display technology will bring more of these models to market. To give smartphones a unique look, manufacturers will be creative when choosing a shape. Of course, non-standard gadgets will not become a mass product, but nevertheless, many will undertake "pen tests".
You can constantly increase the RAM. Already today, 4 GB of RAM in a smartphone is no surprise, and in 2016 this amount will be received by middle-class devices. Flagships 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 may reach 256 GB. It is possible that one of the first devices with such a memory capacity will be the iPhone 7.
IPhone 7 concept
The trend towards abandoning the microSD slot has been evident for several years now. According to available information, the Galaxy S7 will also be deprived of support for memory cards. Thus, one should not expect that the manufacturers will come to their senses and return the flash drives to all models. Although the advent of 256GB modules may revive interest in these accessories.
The thickness of modern smartphones does not allow for a significant increase in battery capacity, or camera resolution and quality of shooting. Of course, progress is also on the path of quality, not quantity, so the trend will be to optimize power consumption, add new options to camera modules (such as laser autofocus, optical stabilizer, new processing methods). Selfie fashion may make models with a full-size front-facing sensor and front flash larger.
The fingerprint scanner will increasingly appear in inexpensive smartphones, but it is unlikely to become a de facto standard, present everywhere, in a year.
Public interest is focused not only (and not so much) on technologies as on specific models. Samsung is eagerly awaiting the new flagship Galaxy, which may come in several revisions at once. A regular 5, 1-inch version is expected, an analogue of the Edge (with a curved display) and its enlarged version, as well as a "premium" model with a 4k-screen.
Samsung Galaxy S7 concept
Apple should release the seventh iPhone, which can get 6 cores, 256 GB of memory and a screen with a resolution of 2.5k. Also expected from the Apple company is the successor to the 5s model - a new 4-inch device, which will be named 6c or 7c.
There are also a lot of rumors around brands from the Middle Kingdom. Xiaomi fans are already tired of waiting for the Mi5, which never saw the light of day this year. It is expected to go on sale not earlier than at the end of winter. Meizu is unlikely to be pulling and their new flagship MX6 will appear tentatively in the summer.