Is it ugly to start by saying that we have not read each other since last year? Anyway, it is a very original joke and that no one will have made these days. The fact is that we are already in 2021 , a year to see how it is presented (after 2020 the bar is not too high, really) and we have to reflect a little on mobile phones. Specifically, about what is to come.
2020 has been a slightly decaffeinated year in terms of mobiles. There have been some interesting and curious things, like the Galaxy Z Flip , the LG Wing or the ZTE Axon 20 5G , but nothing like that too disruptive. So, as asking and dreaming is free, here are the five things I would like to see on mobile this year . They are proposals, I think, realistic, no ” holographic keyboards “, to make my bed or iron my shirts. The comments, as always, are at your entire disposal for you to write your proposals.
First it was the frames, then it was the notch, then the smallest notch and then the hole on the screen. 2021 is as good a year as any to say goodbye once and for all. All notches and substitutes have something in common: they break the symmetry of the smartphone . It is no longer that they are more or less visible on a daily basis, it is that they are a small stain on the screen that we cannot get rid of and that completely breaks the design of the front.
OPPO and Xiaomi and, commercially speaking, ZTE have shown that it is possible to carry the camera under the screen. With more or less success, yes, we agree, but it is viable . It would be very cool if by the end of 2021 the camera under the screen was something as common as the fingerprint readers under the screen. These, remember, also worked a little regulinchi at the beginning, but now they have matured and their performance is more than correct.
If that, moreover, comes from the hand of a considerable reduction of some frames or, failing that, to make the lower and upper frames equal so that the mobile is symmetrical, then better than better.
The macro and depth sensor has been very good and we will remember them fondly, but when we talk about mobile photography I think it is better to focus on quality and usability rather than quantity . In my humble opinion, it is better to have three rear cameras that serve and are used on a day-to-day basis, such as a telephoto, a wide-angle and a standard angle, than to have five cameras that, deep down, are not used.
We are talking about betting on competent sensors (not necessarily 458 megapixels, we already know that more megapixels is not the same as better photos), good optics and a more natural processing . Perhaps it is time to abandon the classic 48/64 + 12/8 + 2 + 2 configuration and stop adding cameras that contribute little, such as macro, with all due respect to those who like to photograph mushrooms and / or ants.
From my point of view, long life to the telephoto with optical zoom, wide angle and normal angle. Instead of seeing mobiles with 30 cameras, I would like to see, for example, better results at night, wide angles that are capable of maintaining the level of detail of distant elements and a greater commitment to computational photography , which has already shown that it works (and really well).
60 Hz is fine and should continue to be in low-end devices, but in mid and high-end devices 90 Hz should start to become a standard . 2020 has been the year in which manufacturers have begun to bet heavily on 90 , 120 and even 144 Hz , and now is the time for that technology to stop being exclusive to the most powerful models and to democratize.
It is difficult to explain what it means to have a higher refresh rate on your mobile. It is one of those things that you do not learn to value until you taste it. What’s more, it’s not until you try a 90 or 120 Hz mobile and go back to a 60 Hz one that you really appreciate it, and someone who makes a living testing mobile phones tells you and his personal mobile has 60 Hz. And yes I already know that there are cheap mobiles with high refresh rates, my point is that now it should be the norm, not the exception.
This has also been good as a joke, but it is about time that any low, medium or high-end mobile arrives with 128 GB of internal storage . Not because of me, that I have everything in the cloud, but because games are becoming more and more weighty, we are consuming more and more multimedia content that can be downloaded offline and, in short, more storage means less pain.
The cloud is fine, but not everyone is willing to entrust all their files to the cloud because the cloud, well, it can go down, and that means losing access to those files. I understand that there are basic, very basic mobiles that continue to have 64 or up to 32 GB for that reason to keep the price very, very low , but if we talk about a phone designed for the day and day and whose purpose is to last, at least, a couple of years, the base 128GB would be a detail.
It is most curious that one of the launches that have been talked about the most in 2020 has been the iPhone 12 mini , which is precisely the smallest phone in the Apple catalog. It is not a perfect phone, far from it, but it is proof that small mobiles still have their audience . Not everyone wants to carry a 200 gram brick in their pocket and, what’s more, it is not always necessary.
Small mobiles are super interesting for basic users, for those who want the phone to call, chat and surf, those who do not care about performance in games and watching movies on the mobile. Small, versatile mobiles that fit well in your pocket , that can be easily used with one hand. My kingdom because there were solvent alternatives with Android and not necessarily high-end.