In March, the Mobile World Congress took place in Barcelona, where the latest trends in the mobile phone market, especially new smartphones, were presented. In the following, we give you an overview of the innovations and show you what else you can expect this year.
5G - the new standard
There is hardly any mobile technology that has established itself as quickly as 5G. In the process, this technology has prevailed despite very controversial discussions. But what exactly is 5G? 5G stands for the fifth generation of the mobile communications standard and promises lower latency times for a broader range of application scenarios, much faster bandwidths and especially a nationwide mobile network.
This does not only mean area-wide coverage and the associated accessibility for smartphones, but also the possible networking of a wide range of devices. The keyword is: IoT, or "Internet of Things". From self-driving vehicles to the operation of entire households via the network or mobile phone: there are hardly any limits to what the future holds in this regard and science fiction thoughts are beginning to emerge. Also foreseeable, for example, is the replacement of the fibre-optic network by 5G and thus television via it. All made possible by the significantly greater bandwidth and the resulting higher speed and data volume.
In the mobile communications market, 5G has clearly established itself in 2022, and where 5G was previously only available at a high surcharge, it is now regarded as a common standard and is part of the package included with an ever-increasing number of smartphones. This is also because 5G has now also been adopted by the mobile network providers as part of the standard offer and can be subscribed to with ease.
Foldable smartphones - now affordable
The foldable mobile phone has already been the talk of the town again since 2019, with two types gaining acceptance. On the one hand, folding like a book, on the other hand, folding like a vanity mirror. While the former folds the smartphone into the shape of a tablet, the latter virtually reduces the size of the phone.
In 2021, Samsung also launched the Galaxy Z Flip3, the first folding mobile phone in the standard price category of the Samsung range. But customers can expect even more choice in 2022. For example, both Xiaomi and Oppo have announced the market launch of a folding smartphone, with Oppo's device in particular being awaited with great interest. Nevertheless, you can expect Samsung to remain the leader in the foldable mobile segment this year with its Flip series.
Even better screen quality in sight
In terms of display technology, you can expect the advance of so-called AMOLED screens in 2022. AMOLED is made up of the components "AM" for "Active Matrix" and "OLED" for "Organic Light Emitting Diode". Translated, the term stands for an active matrix of organic light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Each individual LED represents its own light source. This is precisely one of the advantages of AMOLED screens: They do not need any additional backlighting, which minimises energy consumption. AMOLED screens are also known for their high contrast and rich colours.
While until recently AMOLED was only reserved for high-end smartphones, this will change significantly in 2022. From this year onwards, more and more new smartphones will use AMOLED screens, including devices in the cheaper class. One example is the smartphone from Xiaomi, the Poco M4 Pro, which was introduced this year and has a 90 hertz AMOLED screen.
With this 90 hertz also comes a higher refresh rate, with even screens with 120 hertz and an even higher refresh rate being available on the mobile market in the mid-price segment.
Loading times are getting shorter and shorter
A major concern among users is not only the protection of the battery, but also the charging time required to fully charge the mobile phone. The battery should be used as gently as possible and thus last for a long time, while charging should happen as quickly as possible at the same time.
While the so-called Quick Charge was already introduced in 2013, the average charging speed of most mobiles was 5 watts. But in the meantime, a lot has happened in this area and various manufacturers have done a lot to further improve the charging speed.
The decisive factor is the number of watts that a charger can supply or use. In this respect, Chinese providers in particular have made great progress and are constantly outdoing each other with even higher records in the necessary charging time. Oppo as well as Realme, Xiaomi and OnePlus are leaders in this area. In 2022, it was announced that Oppo will launch the very first smartphone that works via a 150 watt power supply. This means that a full charge will only take 15 minutes. But that's not all: at the Mobile World Congress, Oppo even presented the prototype of a power supply unit that has 240 watts.