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The Future of Smartphones

10 features that may soon disappear from your smartphones

1. Physical volume buttons might be replace by power/wake buttons

Smartphone brands could soon introduce a new multi-functional power/wake button in smartphones which may double up as volume button too.


2. Fingerprint scanners

The fingerprint scanner may soon disappear from smartphones altogether. Apple in its new iPhones --XS, XS Max and XR -- has not included a fingerprint scanner separately and has instead relied only on Face ID for security. Android players like Vivo and Oppo have included an in-display fingerprint scanner and upcoming top-end phones like OnePlus 6T, Samsung Galaxy S10 are expected to follow suit.


3. Headphone Jack

The traditional 3.5mm headphone already appears to be out of vogue now with most top-end smartphones ditching it. The upcoming OnePlus 6T too will come sans headphone jack.


4. SIM card slots

With Apple already providing dual-SIM support via eSIM in its latest 2018 iPhone lineup, it is very likely that the Android smartphone brands too jump on the bandwagon and ditch physical SIM completely. Also, though for now only Reliance Jio and Airtel support eSIM in India, it is likely that the other telecom companies too start offering the same in the coming months.


5. MicroSD card slots

It is a known fact that external microSD cards affect the performance of smartphones. So, with smartphone brands providing internal storage as high as 512GB, there is a possibility that the microSD card might be removed completely in future.


6. The traditional mobile charger

With wireless charging slowly gaining prominence and cars offering wireless charging pads inside the cabin, there may soon be a time when charging cables and adapters are completely forgotten. There could be a future where people are not be required to carry mobile chargers at all and rely on public wireless pads.


7. The display might act like as a speaker itself and separate speakers may be removed altogether

The technology is already available in which the smartphone’s display can be used as a speaker itself. The classic example is the Vivo Nex in which the display emits sounds. In future, there could be smartphones without separate speakers altogether.


8. With foldable smartphones in works, traditional bar form factor may disappear

We may soon enter the era of foldable smartphones, with companies like Samsung, LG and Xiaomi said to be working on such flexible devices. The foldable phones mean goodbye to the traditional rectangular bar-shaped smartphones.


9. In-display speaker may also replace the traditional earpiece in phones

With in-display speaker, there is a possibility that you no longer need to hold your phone upright and put the earpiece on your ears while talking on the phone. Brands can look at launching smartphones without the earpiece altogether and with in-display speaker, you can place any part of the display to take calls and listen to the other person.


10. Single-lens rear camera

Smartphone brands are obsessed with putting multiple-lens in the main camera module (rear). With this, we can expect brands to ditch single-lens cameras altogether and adopt at least a dual or triple lens system. Samsung recently launched its first triple rear camera phone in India.

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