What is next for handheld tech?

15th April 2020

It’s amazing to think the first iPhone was only launched in 2007. Since then, the hand-held tech and mobile industry has advanced leaps and bounds, and mobile phones are embedded in our lives more than ever before.  

Many industry experts have predicted that mobiles will become even more ingrained into our daily lives, with our lightweight and portable devices almost acting as a remote control for our existences. It’s believed mobile phones will essentially run our lives for us.  

We can’t know for sure where mobile phones and hand-held technology is heading, but we do predict rapid development that will be exciting for both manufacturers and consumers.  

Manufacturers are always making prototypes and creating concept phones to push boundaries and learn what is possible. These concepts and prototypes provide insight into how future mobiles may develop. With that in mind, we’re looking at some future smartphone predictions and what the mobile phone market may look like in years to come.

Flexible screens

Many companies have discussed foldable displays for some time now, but it finally seems like the idea has taken off. From the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X to the Motorola Razr and the Royole FlexiPai, more and more brands are jumping on this advancement in technology to win over customers and enter a new phase of smartphone design. There have been many foldable prototype devices released from a variety of brands, with many more big names like LG rumoured to be releasing their own version very soon.  

Although foldable screens sound exciting and extremely innovative, they’re not something we expect to take off instantly with customers. This will likely be a trend that will increase in popularity as the devices and technology improves.

Environmentally conscious phones

Many companies are making a big push to be more sustainable and conscious about how their business and products impact the environment. Researchers are starting to look into how smartphones can become more sustainable, with cleaner energy charging and biodegradable materials. For example, Kyocera showcased a solar-powered prototype at the Mobile World Congress trade show in 2016. The technology won’t be able to replace the need for a traditional wall charger any time soon, but who knows what the future for sustainable tech has in store.

Personal assistants

Our smartphones have already become an extension of ourselves, but it’s thought that handheld tech will become even more intuitive, making us even more attached to it. It’s now hard to imagine a world without mobile phones and the ultra-connected life they offer us in terms of video calls, managing our finances, online shopping, waking us up for work and so on. As this tech improves, our mobiles will start to become more like a personal assistant with enhanced voice recognition, face recognition and the connection they can have with other smart devices around our homes.

Outstanding graphic displays

Year upon year, we see the graphics capabilities of our smartphones improve. It’s predicted that in the future, our phones will have better graphics than the current PlayStation 4, and if the past five to 10 years in anything to go by, it wouldn’t surprise us.

At Hardsoft, we keep up to date with the latest trends in technology so that we can provide our customers with the latest tech for their business needs. If you need mobile phones for your business, we offer leasing solutions for the latest iPhones. During a phone lease, the choice is always in your hands and, at the end of your term, you can either upgrade your mobile or keep it. This means that every 12 months, you will be able to upgrade to Apple’s new release, while keeping cash flow consistent. We will always ensure you are securing our best deal each time you come to upgrading your device. 

As well as our iPhone business leasing solutions, we also offer leasing on a range of other devices and applications, such as PCs, Apple MacBooks, software and printing equipment. We believe that every business deserves to be running the very best technology on the market without high upfront costs, and we also provide full support and maintenance on all of our devices.

We also have a DaaS subscription model for businesses called Devices for Teams which can be tailored to the day-to-day demands of your work environment. With a single monthly fee, we manage device enrolment, securely pre-configure those devices and also provide full support.

If you would like to find out more about our iPhone business solutions, or any other tech solution for your business, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.