How smartphone innovation took place over the years

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It is often said that sometimes, you have to stand back to truly appreciate what has transpired before your eyes. The same can be said about the innovation being done in the smartphone industry. 

Considering the fact that we as consumers have a front-row seat might dilute the significance and the sheer audacity of smartphone brands, but when we take a closer look at how far we’ve come along in just a decade, we can truly understand the work being done by smartphone OEMs.

There was a time when smartphones were only meant to take down notes, have a small, rather simple camera that took pixelated photos, and provides us more convenience, by letting us send emails without having to sit on our laptops or desktops. 

However, smartphones today no longer come with any caveat, and the brands don’t believe in smartphones having any limits. From just pocket-sized devices that stretched the communication spectrum, to now becoming full-fledged powerhouses that can virtually accomplish any task that a computer can, smartphones have indeed evolved over the years.

Let us now take a closer look at how this evolution happened over the past decade.

Camera Phones

We all remember the old Nokia N72 smartphone, which was considered revolutionary for that time. Phones with cameras existed even 15 years ago, but technology was still nascent, and it would take another 7-8 years for smartphone brands to provide significant upgrades. 

HTC was among the first smartphone brands to offer dual-rear camera phones, while Google showed that the number of cameras does not make much of a difference, but it is the optimization of the hardware and the software that truly brings out the camera’s true potential.

Today’s smartphones are powered by artificial intelligence, with AI working in tandem with the phone’s cameras to offer the best possible images. Furthermore, we also have brands that offer high-end 108MP primary cameras in their flagship models, while even the selfie cameras have received significant upgrades over the past 2-3 years.

Large Displays

Unlike the 4-something-inch displays we were used to a decade ago, smartphones today come with at least 6-inch displays, which make it easier for users to work on the devices. 

We now edit documents, prepare presentations and draft emails on our phones, which would have been next to impossible if we had stuck with conventional screens from the past.

Furthermore, the latest smartphones also come with fluid AMOLED displays, or displays with higher resolution, so that you can watch every detail with incredible clarity. It is also easier to work on such smartphones, making them multi-functional in the truest sense.

Faster Processors and More RAM

When you talk about a smartphone’s performance, you have to mention its processor. Today, even mid-range phones come equipped with high-end processors, such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 octa-core processor. 

This was inconceivable at one point in time. That said, you don’t have to shell out cash to get smartphones with decent processors. The best mobiles under 15,000 INR, such as Realme Narzo 20 Pro and Motorola Moto G9 come with the best-in-class processors.

Similarly, phones now also house decent RAMs even in the budget segment. Consumers that work on their smartphones, or play graphically-intensive games tend to choose 8GB RAM phones, as they can multitask easily, and seamlessly switch between multiple apps without any lags or delays.

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