What the Next Generation of Smartphones Look Like
If you ask a computer hardware specialist, “What is the future of computer hardware?” the answer for the half century past has been Moore’s Law. But what does the next generation of smartphones look like?
Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel predicted that the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits would double every two years.
Devices that have occupied all our daily life. With no doubts, talking about the next generation of smartphones requires considering both hardware and software.
In simpler words, every two years you can pack two times more processing power in a square inch of a processor. This is all good news for smartphones because smartphones are smaller and lighter.
Meaning that you can have faster and more powerful smartphones (two times faster in fact) every 2 years. Comparing to a supercomputer the size of a room 30 years ago, your smartphone is really smarter.
But, as they say, nothing lasts forever. Actually, Moore’s law has been a prediction, not a law of the universe. He was a genius who well thought out about this and it happened over the last 50 years.
Recently, the rate of our processing power being doubled slowed down to once every 2.5 years. Insights do not show an exception for going back to the 2 years rate again.
It’s all about the possibility limit. The current way of creating processors has come to a limit and it’s time for something new such as quantum computers.
Old phones and current smartphones
Going back to the days when phones were only being used for contacting other people doesn’t need you to be an aged person. I can still remember those days when we had those kinds of phones.
Nokia first generations had a keyboard full of buttons both numbers and arrows. Having a phone was considered a sign of being a wealthy person those days. You had the ability to contact almost everybody who had a phone wherever you are.
As time passed more and more companies started producing mobile phones and the prices started falling down. On the other hand, the rate in which the technology of those mobile phones advanced, started to get a pace.
More and more engineers started working on mobile devices so we could have more and more functionalities aka features.
Below you see a list the things that have changed during the evolution of phones in the last 20 years:
No of buttons
Sensors being used in the phone
Internet generation (3G, 4G, 5G)
Connectivity to other devices (Bluetooth, Infrared)