Smartphones: technologies, features, design… What 2023 has in store for us – CNET France

Fifteen years after the release of the first iPhone, manufacturers are marking time in the race for innovation. But, while 2023 won’t be the start of a new era for smartphones, we can expect some features to raise the bar for the supercomputers we have in our pockets.

Some of next year’s advances are long overdue, like
the iPhone that could switch to the USB-C port (partly because Apple is forced to do so by European regulators). Other models are expected to emphasize artificial intelligence to improve photography, better Wi-Fi and cellular connections, and ever brighter screens.

That’s a bit more exciting than the handful of innovations we’ve had this year.

True, Apple introduced the notch
Dynamic Island and a new satellite SOS function for theiPhone 14. Samsung has integrated the S-Pen stylus into the
Galaxy S22 Ultra. And the
Nothing Phone 1 brought a breath of fresh air with its original illuminated signage. But apart from that, this year has not been very rich in really interesting novelties.

The only major thing that has changed this year, in my opinion, are the upgrades to the folding terminals
remarks Nabila Popal, research director at IDC. She considers that most phones have seen only marginal improvements. A finding that contrasts sharply with the
about of TM Roh, president of Samsung, according to whom the S22 series offers breakthrough photo capabilities ”, and those of Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, who called the iPhone 14 range “ best iPhones we’ve ever made “.

Ultimately, the promise of a truly innovative smartphone may rest on technology that won’t be available for several years. One of the best examples came this year, when
LG announced a stretchable screen. Motorola also presented a prototype with a
roll-up screen. This opens up promising prospects for the future. But in the meantime, here’s what we can expect for smartphones in 2023.

Folding smartphones are gaining momentum but remain elitist

The Samsungs
Galaxy Z Fold 4 and this year’s Z Flip 4 are updates from their predecessors. Neither saw a drop in price, but they did benefit from S Pen functionality, better software usability, and improved hinges. We can expect the same next year with marginal updates but at a price level that will remain high.

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According to Nabila Popal, this could be suitable for customers who buy the most expensive phones. Although they still represent only a fraction of the 1.24 billion phones sold in 2022, folding smartphones have seen sales double from last year, reaching 16 million units in 2022, and this number should continue to increase. Since the cheapest folding mobiles, like the
Samsung Z-Flip 4are worth the same price as a
iPhone 14 Proit’s no surprise that high-end phone buyers are starting to turn to these alternatives.

An even greater number of consumers would be likely to be tempted if a manufacturer launched a more affordable model. We have no information in this regard but we know that the next
Motorola Razr might have a lower price than its predecessors.

“Classic” smartphones in 2023

Apple will be forced to replace its Lightning ports with USB-C by 2024, and could do so as early as next year with
iPhone 15. According to
Bloombergthe more expensive Pro Max model is expected to come with more features and be renamed iPhone Ultra to distinguish it from its larger-screened, less expensive iPhone Plus counterpart.

Android smartphones will continue to improve slowly. According to
Ice UniverseSamsung could switch to a 200 megapixel photo sensor in its next
Galaxy S23 Ultra. And although there have not yet been many rumors about the series
Pixel 8we can expect Google to find new ways to exploit its Tensor chips.

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These improvements may seem minimal compared to last year’s models, but it should be noted that most consumers do not renew their smartphone every year but rather every two to three years. Being therefore, when they buy a new mobile, the developments seem more significant to them.

Smartphones beyond 2023

The real technological evolutions for smartphones are probably several years away. Until then, the next high-end Snapdragon chips are expected to improve privacy by hiding notifications when others are looking at your screen. Artificial Intelligence will continue to add filters and effects to all of our photos and video chats. Google and Apple will further flesh out augmented reality features in their respective navigation apps while making phones the centerpieces for tap purchases and remote unlocking of cars and smart homes.

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Other folding terminals could also see the light of day. Samsung has shown many designs at the Consumer Electronics Show in recent years, some with triple screens and others with transparent panels. The 2023 edition of CES should be an opportunity to discover other concepts.

The future of phones may also lie in what they connect to: watches and smart homes, of course, but also augmented reality glasses. According to some rumors, a pair ofApple Glass could arrive in 2023. See you next year for new adventures on planet Tech! article adapted by CNETFrance

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