Smartphone design ‘levelling out’

When it comes to smartphone aesthetics, what more can be done? This is a question that many people in the industry are asking, as we appear to be reaching critical point in their development.

The standard design these days is a rectangular-shaped device, made soft with slightly curved edges and equipped with a high-resolution touchscreen surface that delivers excellent visuals and usability.

Now, there is certainly nothing wrong with that, the old adage of “if it isn’t broke, then don’t fix it”, but certainly, from an innovation point of view, there is a keenness to push the boundaries of what is possible with these transformative pieces of tech.

The latest thing these days – and these are still very early days, it must be noted – is a curved body, with LG one of the companies leading the way. It recently unveiled the G Flex 2 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at the start of the year and it has certainly created a buzz.

However, while the South Korean tech giant might be at the forefront of ingenuity, it is nevertheless cautious about what else can be achieved beyond this point. In a recent conversation with TrustedReviews, LG said that although curved models represent a breakthrough, the industry now finds itself at a juncture, unable to make out the horizon.

“I don’t think we can do much with form factor beyond this at this moment,” Ken Hong, director of corporate communications at LG said. These comments come on the back of what he said at CES in January: “The design of phones is restricted by the technology of our component suppliers, so now we can only do what they can create, and they can’t even do very many of the [G Flex 2].”

This limitation isn’t, for now, going to have that much of an impact on consumers, for the simple fact of the matter that there are other ways to keep them interested in recycling their old phones for new ones.

Consider the shift in size. That has been unexpected and went against everything that was thought be on-trend and desirable by consumers. Phones got smaller and smaller, and this was a huge selling point.

However, as they became increasingly sophisticated, the concept of them evolved. They are now more than just devices through which to communicate. They are repositories of information, organisational tools, instruments to consume and create various types of media.

Irrespective of that, even if aesthetics takes a back seat of sorts in the foreseeable future, you can be confident that newfangled concepts will emerge, be it the return of flip-phones, transparent bodies and even bigger screens.

Written by Mazuma

Mazuma Mobile is the UK's most trusted mobile phone recycling service.

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