Each year smartphone expectations get higher and higher, therefore we thought we would piece together what we think smartphone manufacturers will aim to deliver in 2011.
Let’s start with processor speeds, most high-end smartphones these days feature a processor with a clock speed of between 700MHz and 1GHz, therefore I am sure 2011’s devices will be even faster, Qualcomm has revealed that a 1.5GHz snapdragon processor should arrive later this year, which means other chip manufacturers will be doing their utmost to stay competitive.
In my opinion dual core chips in smartphones will really begin taking off in in 2011, with independent clock speeds which automatically adjust to the tasks being carried out we could see one core being turned off whilst the other core takes care of common tasks, this should be great for power consumption.
In terms of RAM some high end smartphones have 512MB, therefore I am sure this will become the norm, perhaps with some devices feature 768MB-1GB.
The Nokia N8 has really broke the mold with its 12 megapixel camera, I don’t expect this to be the norm in 2011, however I am sure most high-end devices will feature a camera of between 7 and 10 megapixels, these will no-doubt be capable of 720p video capture, perhaps with some models having the ability to capture 1080p video.
Storage in my opinion is quite over-rated, however if more and more devices begin capturing HD video storage needs will grow, therefore I expect most smartphones to feature 16-32GB of internal storage, perhaps with SDXC memory card compatibility, which has the potential of storing far more than SDHC cards.
In terms of connectivity 4G will no doubt become a huge priority for smartphone manufacturers and carriers. As for WiFi, 802.11n connectivity is more than sufficient for the foreseeable future. I also expect that Bluetooth 3.0 support will start emerging sometime in 2011.
As for software, I think Android and iOS are ahead of other mobile operating systems, perhaps power consumption and security will be a high priority for developers, as I believe that access to social networks and apps is more than sufficient.
All of the predictions above are my personal beliefs, I would love to hear what you would like to see, therefore feel free to explain your ideas in the comments section below.