Phones are getting better every year.
Last year, Android smartphones made a big adjustment in the way their making their phones and marketing them. Colors akin to the successful iPhone, models that are getting slimmer and slimmer to match up with Samsung’s Galaxy success, enhanced security measures like Fingerprint scanning – and I haven’t even talked specs yet.
With 2017 upon us, things are going to start improving even faster.
Qualcomm is the leading manufacturer when it comes to processors inside of Android smartphones. To kick off the 2017 CES (Consumer Technology Association), Qualcomm announced that they’re going to be taking their processor to new heights with the introduction of the Snapdragon 835 – their premiere processor for the next line of Android smartphones this year.
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So what does 2017 have in store for Android users?
Snappdragon also made mention of the fact that the 835 chip will automatically support dual-camera lenses, enabling manufacturers to easily incorporate both lenses. In the past we’ve seen different ways for this to be implemented. In the Hyawei P9, one camera takes a color photo while the other takes a high-definition black and white photo. The photos are then meshed together to create a higher definition image. In the case of the iPhone, one lens was used as a wide-angle lens, and the other more focused shots.
There’s many ways phone makers can use this type of technology, and it looks like it’s going to become the new norm for phones to have two lenses.
Improved Photos and Videos
It almost feels like the resolution on most of the flagship phones out there couldn’t get any better. Especially when you’re looking at the photo on a small screen, higher resolutions are almost identical to their lower resolution counterparts. With most phones already in the double digits of megapixels, there might be little room for further improvement.
That’s why the 835 chip is bringing something else to the table: faster auto-focus and better stabilization.
Electronic image stabilization 3.0, to put it simply, is a better version of 2.0. Just like it’s predecessor, the gyroscope will be used to compensate for roll and yaw, pitch and reduced shakiness when filming or taking a picture. Qualcomm also stated that they’re going to implement better encoding technology that could reduce 4k video file sizes by up to 30%. With more and more phones coming equipped with the option to upgrade via SD card, we’ll be able to put more videos on our phone than ever before.
High Dynamic Range in your pocket (HDR)
If you’ve gone shopping for a TV recently, chances are you heard the sales associated toting around a word like HDR. HDR is fancy for saying that the photo provides a wider-color gamut. Photographers may show resistance to the technology since it skews what the real image would look like, but more casual photo-snappers in the public have already showed through social media that HDR is quite popular.
The question of 4K also gets brought up in tandem with HDR, but these are two different technologies. 4K is enhancing the resolution of a video, and in a phone with a screen that is a fraction of the size of your TV, it may be hard to notice the difference. HDR works with colors, however, and that’s something you can identify no matter how big the screen is.
HDR isn’t just a question of processor though, there also has to be the display to support it. For phone manufacturers to take advantage of the benefits the 835 will give them with respect to color ranges, their screens are also going to have to be up to par.
As if straight out of a sci-fi movie, the 835 will also have the capacity for more bio-metric security inside of the phone. Fingerprint scanning has come a long way, first being seen in computers earlier in the decade. Now, more and more phones are using this technology rather than the pass-code system of years past.
The boat doesn’t stop at fingerprints though. The 835 will feature the capability of locking your devices with eye-print scans (iris scanning) and voice-print scans. Whether or not these features will be well received is up for debate – it must work flawlessly right out of the box for the public to actually want it. That said, the bottom line is that we’re getting closer and closer to perfect security for our tech.
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