All the hardware up to date has been fairly low end and average, with last gen hardware, such as limited RAM of up to 3GB and being DDR3, and mobile processors consisting of mostly Qualcomm’s Snapdragon, Samsung’s Exynos Processor Line up, and Mediatek’s MTK processors. But when will our smartphone’s hardware reach the next stage of performance?
That’s what we’ll have to see when mainstream smartphone companies release their 2015 flagships that the internet is rumouring about. But, just because the hardware has only been announced, teased, and rumoured about, doesn’t stop us from speculating what we should be expecting this year. Let’s talk about some upcoming device hardware.
Most phones nowadays comes with an average 2GB of ram, most being DDR3. You will see low end budget smartphones out there packing 1GB or 1.5GB as seen in the Galaxy S4 Mini. Higher end devices like the Oneplus one, and the LG G3 contain 3GB of RAM, which will satisfy your multitasking needs. Announced at CES 2015, Asus have introduced their top of the line, Asus Zenfone 2, packing hardware most of us could only imagine being in our smartphones. This beastly device packs a 64-Bit Intel Atom, Super Quad Core Processor, capable of running a virtual instance of the desktop Windows operating system. Now, over to the memory component. This device packs nextgen capabilities, including 4GB of RAM, which most mid-end laptops contain. Of course Qi Wireless charging and fast charging is becoming more and more iconic, the Zenfone 2 charges up to 60% within 39 Minutes as advertised.
Now, onto other hardware components like the Display. Most high end smartphones have an average 1920×1080 resolution, known as FHD (Full High Definition). But on some flagship devices out there, like we’ve seen on the Beastly LG G3, it packs a resolution of 2560×1440 otherwise known as QHD (Quad HD), sporting a 2K resolution. We also see this on Samsung’s 2014 flagship, the Galaxy Note 4. While the idea of running 4K resolution (3840×2160, otherwise known as UHD, or Ultra HD) has been contemplated by companies like Sony, experimenting with UHD Displays on their tablets, most speculations say that the difference in quality between QHD and UHD on smartphone displays are not worth the battery life trade off, as 4K displays do tend to drain a decent amount of battery, assuming the device is mobile. Our outlook for 2015’s Flagship devices could sport higher pixel-density, higher resolution displays. We most certainly can expect to see more QHD devices.
And last, but not least, on to the Mobile Processor world.
We are seeing industry names like Intel joining the mobile processor market, manufacturing 64-Bit Intel atom processors for some exclusive devices like the Zenfone 2, and some unnamed tablets, as well as Nvidia with their Tegra series, and most recently their beastly Tegra K1. It seems like the main competitor of mobile processors have to be Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Mobile processor line. 2014’s Snapdragon processor line consisted of the Snapdragon 400 series, 600 series, and the 800 series. Most 2014 devices powered with Qualcomm’s processor included chipsets from the 600 series, and the 800 series, most commonly we have seen are the Snapdragon 800, 801, and a select few devices sport the snapdragon 805, which has been the highest end (so far released). Snapdragon for a while, have already announced the hyped, the truly next-gen, Snapdragon 808, and the 810 that most people can only dream of owning a device powered by either of these processors. The 808 and the 810 both run on an Octa-Core chipset, and unlocks the next-gen potential in hardware, Supporting higher end specs, like:
- · Increased Storage (ROM)
- · Higher RAM capacity
- · Higher Processor clock speeds
- · More Processing Cores
- · Better cameras
· And even a few more mysteries we have yet to see.
So what does all this mean? 2015 May just be the greatest year for smartphones yet. There are so many different hardware line-ups that we can see change the smartphone standard. Next month in the MWC 2015 (Mobile world Congress) show in Barcelona, we will be seeing industry names like Google, HTC, and Samsung offer their preview of their highly anticipated 2015 flagships. Stay tuned to Androidfact.com for all the coverage.
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