Over the past 10 years, the mobile device has travelled through a massive transformation from being just calling-handsets to sophisticated devices with highly intuitive interfaces and next-gen functionalities .These innovations bear witness to a fast-evolving industry and focus on customer usage habits resulting in phones which do a lot more than just calling.
If you have to turn the clock back in time, could you imagine your smartphone in 2010? It allows you to call, take low-resolution pictures, manage your calendar, set an alarm, send SMS’s and listen to music. And here in 2021, your smartphone can do just about everything for you. And while it has surpassed all expectations, you can be assured that this is one industry which won’t stop here with something always waiting in the wings.
The Impact of the Pandemic
2020 has been a year which has catalyzed vast adoption of mobile technologies and made us transition from just using technology to living technology quite literally. We have fallen back on our phones this year more than we ever have in the past. From grocery shopping to online payments to e-learning or online consulting with the doctor, our mobile devices became our digital clinics, pharmacies, virtual classrooms, grocery shops, and not to forget a big source of entertainment.
The smartphone continues to prove ever-so beneficial even during the current coronavirus situation in India since it allows you to track Covid cases around you (Via Aarogya Setu), schedule your vaccinations, check availability of hospital beds, schedule video calls with your physician to name a few.
In the aftermath of the pandemic, mobile technology will continue to take its place in the smallest aspects of our lives cutting through areas we never imagined. The whole smartphone experience is expected to take a huge leap in 2021 with features like AI and AR which are carving their niche here.
Some of the biggest revolutions in the Smartphone industry are below:
Fast charging technology
It’s generally observed that 6000 mAh battery mobiles are quite fast at charging. Buying these mobiles with the indispensability and the desire to use them on the go, the war for phones with higher battery life and faster charging continues ceaselessly. The consumer-centric Oppo brand has patented the VOOC which is a fast-charging technology and is designed to ensure rapid charging without overheating which ensures you enjoy unlimited phone binging. The Oppo F19 checks all the parameters of a phones under 20000 price segment since it is packed with a 5000mAh big battery with 33W flash charging which can charge the phone completely in just 72 minutes. To those running short on time, you can top it for 5 minutes and get up to 5.5 hours of calling, around 2 hours of YouTube, and more.
5G adoption- A catching trend in phones
5G technology is no more a distant dream with so many smartphone companies launching handsets which have 5G capabilities already integrated into them. This is in line with consumer expectations as well, who consider 5G as a key purchase factor, as highlighted by a recent Cybermedia study. This is because of the possibilities that the technology brings with it – enhanced mobile connectivity, blazing fast download speed, immersive AR/VR and gaming experience, lower latency and the ability to stream UHD videos.
5G phones have also become more affordable and brands like Realme, Xiaomi, OPPO are in the crusade of doling out 5G phones which are extremely price-friendly in India already. The Realme Narzo 30 Pro released in February 2021 is currently the cheapest 5G mobile one can buy in India. At a cost of Rs 16,999, this ensures 5G is accessible to the under 20000 segment and comes with a 5000 mAH battery, 6 GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, MediaTek Helio G95 Chipset and triple camera set-up.
When it comes to camera quality, buying a Vivo mobile will never upset you. The camera on smartphones is getting more important than we’d have imagined a few years back. Infact the budget and mid-range smartphones have gotten better over the last couple of years and offer a great camera experience with feature flagship-grade camera sensors.
Oppo Mobile is also touted as one of the first brands to bring the 64 MP mobile cameras to India and with each subsequent handset, only keeps setting a new benchmark in photography. The OPPO F15 in the under 20000 segment comes with AI Quad Camera features, a 48MP sensor that uses 4-in-1 pixel combination technology to deliver sharp images with more detail, especially in low light conditions and comes with pre-loaded camera features like Intelligent EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization) for shake-free filming, AI Video Beautification, Gender and Age Detection, Night Portrait Mode and a Bokeh Mode.
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