As the top smartphone manufacturers compete for market share, rumour and conjecture runs rampant as to what new innovations we can expect from them in the coming year. One thing we know for sure is that the power and capabilities of smartphones will continue to increase exponentially. 2011 saw dual-core processors, sharp, clear HD displays and high quality cameras become the norm, so what features are we liable to see in 2012.
Quad-Core processors like the Tegra 3, rumoured to be five times faster than it’s dual- core predecessor, are expected to find their way into some high-end smartphones. It is also likely that voice control is coming to the Android market. With the launch of Apple’s Siri voice control on the iPhone 4S, we can expect other phone makers to be adding voice control technology to their smartphones. HD displays with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution will be standard for the top phones. The use of Near Field Communication technology, which allows you make financial transactions with a mere wave of your phone, will also become standardized, with more phones being NFC enabled and more retailers equipped to accept NFC payments.
While it’s impossible to predict the future with absolute certainty, there is enough information out there to make some educated guesses as to which phones will dominate the market in 2012. One of the most highly anticipated phones for 2012 is the Samsung Galaxy Skin, a bendy-screen phone that resembles something out of a Salvador Dali painting. So flexible it can be rolled up like a piece of paper and tough enough to survive hammer blows, this revolutionary phone will be practically indestructible.
The secret to the Galaxy Skin’s flexibility is ‘graphene’, used for its AMOLED display, a material that Columbia University researchers claim is “two hundred times stronger than structural steel”. Samsung has not yet confirmed what operating system the Galaxy Skin will have, but there are rumors that it may be Goggle’s Jelly Bean, a system even more advanced than the Ice Cream Sandwich OS. The phone is expected to have a 1.2GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM and an 8 megapixel camera. The Galaxy Skin’s innovative concept and design may prove to be the showstopper of 2012.
The HTC Edge is slated to be the first quad-core handset to make an appearance next year, boasting the Tegra 3 processor from Nvidia. This smartphone is expected to have a whopping 4.7 inch display with 720p resolution, 32 GB of internal storage, 1 GB of RAM, an eight megapixel camera and Beats Audio. HTC also plans to upgrade seven of its current smartphones to the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.
The rumour mill is once again buzzing with speculation about the iPhone 5. Apple decided to delay release of the iPhone 5 this year and opted to release the iPhone 4S instead. However the iPhone 5 is still in the works and is expected to be a complete redesign with a probable release date mid-year. Judging from the success of previous models, the new iPhone is sure to be a best-seller.
Other companies like Nokia and Sony Ericsson are set to launch new flagship smartphones in the coming year. All in all, 2012 looks like it will be an exciting year for the smartphone industry.
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