The best aspect about the tech industry is ‘innovation’; people are always looking for ways to improve the technology at hand. The motivation to progress and advance is how a basic communicative invention like ‘telephone’ has innovated over time into ‘smartphones’, which are multifunctional and provide us with various modes of communications from SMS to video-calls. With increased competition in the smartphone arena, manufacturers are with every new device launch trying to bring something new to the table. Hence they are experimenting with every aspect of the mobile technology from displays to camera tricks. In 2014, we saw some manufacturers experiment and innovate with the current smartphone technology, the results were interesting and in some cases baffling too. We will be looking at what we think are the most innovative smartphones of 2014 and also speculating what we may see next.
Galaxy Note Edge
Samsung is one company who experiments and innovates and tries to bring something new every year. People may disagree but if you look at their record, this is one company who is constantly experimenting with their products; Galaxy Note Edge is one of the examples of that innovation. Samsung with Note Edge introduced a curved display which had a different functionality from the rest of the display. Samsung introduced both a futuristic design and functional display with their smartphone. The smartphone is powered by 2.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset and runs on Android KitKat, which would have been updated on Lollipop by now. The smartphone sports a 5.6-inch Quad Hd, Super AMOLED display and a 16-megapixel front camera with an optical stabilization feature. The Note Edge is also equipped with a 32 GB internal storage and a 3000 mAH battery power. Samsung brands the Note Edge as a ‘Revolutionary Design: A new angle on design’, well it is that, till yet no other manufacturer has played with a fuctional display like that. Samsung for their Galaxy S series will be introducing Galaxy S6 Edge which will have a dual-curved display. Currently it is listed as one of the highly anticipated smartphones of 2015, people want to see, how the company plays with the dual display.
The Russian company with YotaPhone 2 introduced a novel concept of a functional dual display. Forbes calls the YotaPhone 2: ‘Exciting, Interesting and Innovative…most disruptive smartphone 0f 2014’. Working on the concept of utilizing the rear of the smartphones, the manufacturer introduced an e-ink powered back display, on which people could keep important info and even read e-books as well. The company’s CEO says that their mission is being ‘inspired by taking risks and innovating mobile communication to bring value to users’. The smartphone sports a 5-inch 1080 pixel front and a 4.7-inch e-ink rear display, which are protected by Gorilla Glass 3. The back screen always stays on and displays 16 levels of grey. The YotaPhone 2 is powered by Android Kit Kat and Qualcomm SnapDragon 800 processor. The smartphone sports a 8-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front cameras. It will be exciting to see what the manufacturer brings next, an improvement in the current design, advanced specifications and added functionality can make the next smartphone popular among consumers and give the Russian company recognition in international markets too.
Oppo, since its entry into the smartphone world in 2008 has been working towards branding itself as a company who innovates and bring the best products in the market. Their aim is to explore what ‘latest technology has to offer’. With Oppo Finder they introduced the world’s slimmest smartphone in 2012. With Oppo N3, the company introduced a novel concept, a 260 degrees rotating camera. The company worked on the concept that instead of having two camera, why not work on one and make it the best one around. The smartphone features a 16-megapixel camera through which one can also take their selfies, when the camera is rotated in the front. The rotation of the camera can be controlled either through hand gestures, touch access or the O-click remote provided with the device. Apart from the camera, the device sports some very good specs, which reflects the company’s aim to give their users the best experience possible through top notch technology. Let’s talk about the rest of the features; the smartphone sports a 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 Full-HD display. The device runs on Android 4.4.4 KitKat and Oppo’s own ColorOS 2.0. The smartphone also features a fingerprint scanner at the back which also works as a wakeup button too and apart from that it is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor. All in all it’s a good device, maybe the camera may take a bit of time getting used to. Looking forward to the next smartphone from the N series to see what the company experiments with next.
OnePlus One has been hailed by the Times Magazine as the ‘Phone of Dreams’. The industry experts call OnePlus one the best Android smartphone available in the market currently. Where the company innovated with this smartphone is by powering it with high specs like that of any high-end smartphone and selling it at half the price of the high-end smartphones available in the market. The company’s aim is to bring the ‘best technology to users around the world’ and ‘creating the best product possible’. Well they did it with their first device ‘OnePlus One’. The smartphone sports a 5.5 inch 1080p Full-HD display which is protected by Gorilla Glass 3. The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and is equipped with a 3 GB RAM and 16/64 GB internal memory. A 13-megapixel 6-lens Sony Exmor camera adorns the device and it supports a 4G LTE connectivity. OnePlus one runs on CyanogenMod 11S, which is based on Android 4.4 KitKat, which allows users the freedom to customize things according to their choice. The 16GB version retails at $299 and the 64 GB one retails at $340. It sounds like the perfect smartphone offering users the best of the best available. It is rumored that the company is working on a smartwatch and OnePlus Two also. Looking forward to what they do with the smart watch.
In 2015, we are hopeful that we see more companies innovate and bring new concepts on board. This aspect will help redefine where the smartphone technology is going and maybe this year we will get to see some more novel ideas being launched like in the case of YotaPhone 2 and Galaxy Edge. Which smartphone do you think has the most innovative technology or specs, and what can these manufacturers offer next? Do let us know what you think.
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