The next revolution of your smartphone is not the camera it is the screen

The arguments to sell us “the next great smartphone” have been many and varied. The manufacturers have conquered us with their promises on smartphones with bigger diagonals, better cameras (dual or not), water resistances, fast and wireless loads, with spectacular and ultra-thin designs and, of course, with more powerful and versatile mobiles.

Every year, this new revolution usually appears, which offers us the perfect excuse to change your mobile, and this year it seems that this excuse will be the technology of the screens integrated into future smartphones. Several manufacturers are preparing interesting news in this area, and now it remains to be seen whether this excuse will really be valid or not.

The protagonism for the screens returns

Actually, this role played by the screens this year is not entirely new. Screen technology has always been one of the arguments put forward by manufacturers, and we have a great example in the iPhone Retina Display, which for the first time made the pixels of these screens “indistinguishable” with the naked eye.

The Retina Display technology became one of those little big revolutions in which the iPhone ended up being the model to follow by the rest of manufacturers. The differences were obvious.

Other ‘evolutionary’ improvements would come later in the scope of the resolution. Everyone wanted to follow in the footsteps of Apple sooner or later, and that made them appear mobile with resolutions and screen densities that bordered the absurd. 1080p screens happened to be the 2K, and in fact, there were models that boasted of 4K screens.

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The debate about whether or not to have a 2K screen in our smartphone is still valid, and the thing is aggravated with the devices with screens 4K.

The debate about the validity of bringing such resolutions to such small diagonals continues to occur, especially since the impact on the rest of the hardware hardware (CPU, GPU, memory and, of course, battery) is sensitive. Even so, manufacturers continue to defend this option as long as having these definitions of screen is not easily appreciable by users.

The OLED triumph

But of course there have been other technological wars, such as those that have sustained the LCD and OLED technologies that have been leading different devices. The evolution of both has made our devices look better, but there seems to be a clear highlight in that race: OLED.

The manufacturers that have been integrating these screens have been improving them with various techniques. In LCD we have seen how the IPS technology with its variants (PLS is a “Samsung edition”) was prevailing for its great quality, but also has attracted much attention the Quantum Dots technology, especially for its ability to show more vivid colors.

OLED technology has become the preferred choice for various manufacturers because of its ability to achieve great contrasts and true blacks, but also favors the design of thinner devices and more vivid, more “resultant” displays, it could be said. The possibility of taking advantage of the fact that each pixel is its own light source makes in some modes (those in which not only information is shown) OLED screens are very efficient, but LCD is usually more efficient in general terms in a usual use.

Although LCD remains the main character in many devices – the iPhone have always taken advantage of this type of technology – it seems that little by little the arguments of OLED are being imposed between manufacturers and users. In fact, many have already been talking about the use of OLED in the future iPhone 8, and already it is the norm in Samsung terminals but also in several terminals of last batch of manufacturers like Huawei, Lenovo, Xiaomi, Meizu, OnePlus ZTE, or Including Google, which has taken advantage of its new Pixel.

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By 2017, more and better screens

The news coming from various manufacturers confirms that this will again be one of the main selling points of these devices. Topics such as voice assistants or cameras may still be key in that speech, but be aware that this year promises in the realm of screens.

We see it for example in the recent rumors that have been published on the LG G6, which will make use of a longer screen 18: 9 (2:1, to understand us), which will make us have an even more panoramic device and with A QHD + resolution of 2880 x 1440 pixels on its diagonal of 5.7 inches.

Not only that: among the features of that screen (apparently, LCD) will be that of having extra-wide side frames. It is not known if LG will also offer a “second LCD” in the G6 as it did with both the V10 and the V20, but in that battle for the high-end LG wants to offer a “screen / body” As wide as possible so that almost the entire front is precisely screen.

In this area precisely is where we have seen devices like the Xiaomi Mi Mix, which with its screen with 17:9 aspect ratio and its striking design without side or top frames has astonished both own and strangers.

Many believe that this trend will go more among manufacturers this year, and indeed Apple is expected a revolutionary design for the iPhone 8 : could arrive with borderless screen and a virtual home button that could also double as a fingerprint reader. Placing a sensor under the screen is already possible – has proven Synaptics – and may be in Cupertino are going in that direction.

The front end where everything is screen seems to be a key trend for the high-end devices this year: the Mi Mix has set a strong precedent, and other manufacturers could follow that line.

Even Samsung could also go to that design, in which the front is “full screen” on the Galaxy S8, and a photo filtered in Weibo a few days ago revealed a design in which the side frames virtually disappeared and the upper and lower They had also dropped significantly.

That obsession to occupy the entire front with the screen could also be transmitted to HTC a manufacturer that prepares its HTC 11 (or HTC Ocean, as it is also known) with that feature in which not only the front would be “touchable”. In fact, the interface Sense Touch UI has been filtered in some videos, and although it is not known if it is a proof of concept or something real, the result is remarkable.

The curved displays will also be a trend in this 2017 that has just begun: the Xiaomi Mi 6 will offer according to the latest rumors one of these screens, and it is logical to think that Samsung will offer its Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge with all the advantages of S8 and that feature that Has long been in its Edge range.

We seem to have screens for a while, dear readers … What a joy?

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