Even though the COVID pandemic gave us a whiplash in 2021, new gadgets and smarter technology did make their way to the world, making the year a tad bit more convenient. Needless to say, the year went quite well for the Smartphone industry as most of the top brands made sure of praiseworthy releases. From witnessing the emergence of foldable phones to the introduction of even more powerful camera tech, trends that may have been the best of the season are quite likely to be the show stoppers in 2022 as well.
That being said, further ahead in this blog, we’ll predict the potential smartphone trends that will dominate 2022.
#1 Foldable Smartphones
Foldable smartphones which are still a niche technology saw a few launches in 2021 in India. This year they may finally go mainstream as many new players will be introducing their take on foldable smartphones. That being said, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 exceeded the total accumulative sales of Samsung foldable devices last year. Many other companies can and most likely will take a few notes from Samsung’s playbook and will treat foldable phones as a serious prospect that consumers across the nation will consider buying in 2022. In 2021 we’ve witnessed debut efforts from Xiaomi, Oppo, as well as the second-gen Surface Duo from Microsoft. Additionally, there is a huge possibility that foldables will become a lot more affordable in 2022.
#2 New improved under-display cameras
In 2021, the screen-to-body ratio has improved drastically for smartphones. However, there still is tremendous scope for improvement to achieve a pixel-perfect full-screen experience. Thankfully the under-display selfie camera offers a more elegant solution to this problem and will go mainstream in 2022. ZTE Axon was the first to display this type of camera hardware. But Samsung's implementation of this tech in their flagship Galaxy Z Fold 3 handset.
#3 Rise of custom silicon chips
Most smartphone manufacturers are quickly hopping on the bandwagon of designing their processors. Even though it is common for android phone manufacturers to use third-party chips in their devices, external chips don’t offer the same level of control and optimization capabilities that a custom chip can. To deal with this, tech enablers are taking it upon themselves to design their chipsets for smartphones. Brands such as Apple, Huawei, and Samsung already design their chips, giving them an advantage of low cost and more control over user and software experience.