Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Are You Ready For The Next Generation Of Smartphones & The LTE Network?

Do you remember your first phone? I remember mine. No color screen other than the ugly green in the background on top of the black. They had maybe a few menial games, and I don’t think SMS or text was available yet. We have certainly have come a long way. We have smartphones as they are called with processors that have speeds of 1 GHz and some exceed this. We even have some phones with dual core processors, but can you imagine a quad processor smartphone?

With the move from 3 & 4G to the LTE (Long Term Evolution), 2012 will bring about the smartphone with the quad core processor and high screen resolution. These handsets will have much improved battery performance, thanks to the much needed and improved energy-efficient chipsets and the arrival of the first VoLTE, (Voice over LTE) handsets.

Today, all of the handsets that are equipped with LTE are based on or run Google’s Android OS. Although it is expected that with the release of the iPhone 5, it will have LTE included in it as well. We are then sure to see phones With the Windows mobile platform and Blackberry OS to follow. As of now LTE is only available in the U.S.

Large screens were very popular with handsets in 2011, including the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note with it’s massive 5.3 inch screen. There were also numerous other phones for consumers to choose from that had screens that were between 4.5 and 4.7 inches. The screen size has been maxed out to say the least. Numerous manufactures are now offering their handsets with a  screen resolution of 1280 by 720 pixels, with more to follow. The iPhone has a lot of pixels to offer, but has stayed at the 3.5 inch screen. With the release of the iPhone 5, rumors have it, that the screen size will be larger.

Along with larger screens, vendors will release handsets with quad core processors. ARM’s Cortex-A9 will be included in a lot of the newer handsets. That should be enough to entice the consumer to buy a new phone. Upon the upgrade from either a single core or dual core to a quad core, the user will experience an improvement in the quality of video playback as well as speed performance on the new LTE network.

Not only will the newer handsets offer quad core processors, that will increase the handsets performance, but will be equipped with a GPU (graphics processing unit) as well. Be sure to keep an eye out for the newest display of handsets to be offered. We will get to see a preview of those handsets next month in Las Vegas at the Consumers Electronic Show. I know that I for one am anticipating the newest releases, as I am due for an upgrade in May. What do you think?




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