A lot has happened over the last decade in the phone industry. Gone is the heyday of flip phones, as we live in the touchscreen era. The world has already seen prototype after prototype of cooler and shinier gadgets, and movies only seem to stretch the boundaries of imagination every day. One is bound to wonder, what would the phones of tomorrow look like? Well, simply read on to find out!

1. DSLR Phone

Filters and zoom-ins can do wonders for our selfies, and video-editing technology has joined the mobile fray to make moviemaking only easier for smartphone users (so much so, in fact, that there are now smartphone film festivals). But what if a phone were capable of even more? Light, the American camera startup, has come up with a prototype phone that has nine lenses for filming and photographing. It is about the same thickness as an iPhone X; and it allows for low-light settings and complex depth effects. Reminiscent of a DSLR, this high-resolution gadget sets a high bar for others. Could we be close to making phones that have motion capture technology (used to render CGI characters like Gollum, King Kong, and the Na’vi)? Time will tell.

2. Bendable Phone

You might’ve seen Samsung’s phones with rounded edges. After the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013, at which Samsung showcased the phone with the bendable screen, bendable-screen technology has advanced significantly. At CES 2019, the global manufacturer Royole introduced the FlexPai, the world’s first foldable phone. The name “foldable phone” is a bit of a misnomer, though, since it can convey the false belief that the phone is actually no different from the flip phone (since flip phones technically do fold on their hinges). But foldable display technology is actually about bending phones like paper. Some of the common challenges for this technology include those of 1) graphine oxide, which is expensive, and 2) of ITO (indium tin oxide) displays, which are crystalline and therefore prone to decrease in performance whenever bent. The FlexPai is a bit too thick to fit into a back pocket, but it’s a start.

3. Wirelessly Charging Phone

Carrying around those entangled cords and bulky adaptors would be unnecessary if only phones didn’t need them. Well, companies like Energous have come up with a way to send battery power through radio frequencies. Ideally, this over-air charging technology would save much space as well as time due to the absence of coiling and uncoiling. The downside is that these gadgets would often require proximity to special transmitters. Without these transmitters set up, using a corded charger may be faster. If the batteries won’t come to us, we would have to have to go to the batteries.

Conclusion

Yes, all this news is exciting. But have patience; buying one foldable phone at the current rate can cost a fortune! Keep up with the waves of new inventions, but rather than being tossed to and fro, weigh the pros and cons carefully. For the time being, Dr. Phone Fix is in the business of helping out with those familiar, good old smartphones and tablets!