The Future of Smartphones in the Next Decade

Meta description: As smartphones continue to replace PCs as the go-to devices for functions like downloading movies, processing data, and controlling home appliances, they will need to be faster. What other features are we to expect from future smartphones?

While the new iPhone XS was largely seen as barely an improvement on its predecessor, iPhone X, it gives us some pointers on how future smartphones will look like. One of the device’s exciting features is not the hugely anticipated wireless charging system (it doesn’t have one), it is the A12 Bionic chip which makes the device 50% faster. The new iPhone technology, built using the 7-nanometer process, is considered the first of its kind in the industry and puts Apple ahead of the competition by at least 2 years.

Other market players, such as Samsung and Huawei have not been left behind in the innovation race. The latter has been experimenting with waterproof technology and have released a few phones with double dual cameras, such as the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. The Samsung bending phone (Galaxy X) is proof that the South Korean tech giant is also in sync with future mobile technology. That said, what other features are we to expect from future smartphones?

The Wrist Projector Phone is Here, Almost!

Recently, dons from the Carnegie Mellon University and ASU Tech shocked us all when they released the prototype for LumiWatch, the world’s first ever wrist projector phone. Unlike the traditional handheld smartphones, the LumiWatch is basically a smartwatch that turns the wearer’s arm into a virtual touchscreen. The watch integrates a powerful laser projector and fully-functional sensors that enable users to project the screen on their arms and interact with it as they would an ordinary touchscreen. As it is, this new technology is still some way from being commercially produced, but it offers hopeful glimpses of the future.

Next Gen Phones to Go Major on AI

Almost all smartphone manufacturers have integrated AI in some of their premium devices. High-end next gen phones, most notably Samsung S9 and iPhone X had some sort of Voice Recognition, fingerprint scanning and Facial ID features which received mixed reactions from users and critics. For instance, some iPhone X users reported that their Facial Unlock could be bypassed using digital photos which compromised their privacy.

Nonetheless, future mobile technology will incorporate advanced processors, such as A12 Bionic as mentioned above that will significantly enhance facial identification protocols. Bits of this can be seen on the iPhone XS’s True DepthCamera function that integrates advanced illuminators, an infrared camera and neural networks to capture every detail on your face. Every wrinkle, pimple, and facial contour are captured and memorized by the system and implemented such that no one else but you can unlock it.

Future Smartphones to Run on 5G

As smartphones continue to replace PCs as most people’s go-to devices for functions such as downloading and watching movies, processing data, and controlling home appliances, they will need to be faster. Compared to 4G, 5G is faster, offers more bandwidth and consumes less battery power. It also provides reduced latency, which makes it suitable for technologies like self-driving cars that require fast communication and reactions. The technology also empowers different types of handsets, from high-end models to a compact cell phone to perform functions like remotely controlling electronic home equipment fast and efficiently. Nonetheless, there are currently no viable 5G handsets in the market with commercial production expected to commence in 2019. Devices slated to be built on the technology include Samsung S10, OnePlus 7 and Huawei P30.

Additional Features

Other features that have not yet been made official but which we expect to see in future mobile phones include:

  • The ability for users to view their screens through specially-designed lenses to prevent eye strain from continuous staring at the smartphone light.

  • Smarter mobile applications that will be able to perform tasks such as sending texts, selecting and playing music and setting alarms by themselves, like Amazon’s Alexa.

  • Multiple front and rear cameras with increased features and pixel quality.


Without a doubt, new mobiles are always much better than existing ones and will continue to be as manufacturers continue flirting with new technologies, some of which are mentioned above. For now, however, we have to make due with press releases and constant new phone rumors as we wait for the next big release.

In the meantime, the discussion continues in the comments. Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions on the topic as well as your predictions regarding future smartphones.

About the author: Lucas M. Cappel is a tutor and a content writer from NYC. He has been fond of digital technologies since his childhood years and in time decided to bring this passion to a new level. He also has an expertise in human culture and education. You can see his project at BestTechExpert.