New Smartphones Coming in 2014
Many things have happened in 2012, dual-core processors have given way to quad-core powerhouses and cameras on smartphone make owning a point-and-shoot camera pointless. On the other hand, high-end smartphones are using display resolutions that exceed our ability to distinguish each pixel. Fortunately, there are still rooms for improvement in 2013 and these are few things phone manufacturers may pack into next year’s models.
Better Quad-Core Processors
This year brings quad-core chips to our smartphone and dual-core processors are being pushed down to mid-range category. Better quad-core processor with more efficient and faster 28nm semiconductor technology will arrive next year. Quad-core processors will also eventually find their way to mid-range or even entry-level smartphones. For example, a cheaper version of Nvidia Tegra 3 “Kai” is expected to be used on future smartphones. Perhaps, it is a bit too soon to expect for a 6- or 8-core mobile processor.
NFC Finally Starts to Take Off
So far, Near field communication (NFC) still fails to deliver seamless wireless transaction and it hasn’t replaced a credit card yet. It is also quite unlikely for the technology to replace common transactions methods in 2013. Nevertheless, phone makers and users will find other uses of NFC, such as for social networking. Sony recently unveiled “Smart Tags” which allows an Xperia smartphone to change modes and profiles quickly.
1080p Display on High-end Models
720p is currently used on higher-end models, while mid range phones are likely to use WVGA and qHD resolutions. Next year, we will eventually see more mid-range handsets sporting 720p display. Currently, HTC is planning to release its first phablet with 1080p display.