Faster charging to satellite calling – here’s what smartphones may offer in 2023

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Faster charging to satellite calling – here’s what smartphones may offer in 2023
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  • Smartphone makers are expected to introduce several new features to devices in 2023.
  • Faster charging, satellite calling, improved cameras are among the top features expected to be introduced in 2023.
  • Here are all the features that smartphones may introduce in 2023.
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Smartphones have become feature-rich and powerful in recent years, thanks to rapid development in each area, whether it’s camera, battery, display, or processing. And with 5G going mainstream in key parts of the globe, it’s expected to get even smarter in the near future.

The year 2023 will be no different, and we will see new technologies being offered in smartphones, premium features making their way to mid-range and budget smartphones, improved performance, and more.

This article looks at some of the features smartphones may offer in 2023.

New features expected in smartphones in 2023



Android 14



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The Android 14 developer preview is expected to hit sometime in February 2023, giving us our first look at the next version of Android.

Satellite support



Google will follow Apple’s footsteps to introduce satellite communication support with Android 14. Hiroshima Lockheimer, the senior vice president of Android at Google, confirmed that the Android maker would add satellite connectivity to the upcoming Android 14. The tech giant will partner with smartphone makers to offer this feature in upcoming devices.

Updatable root certificates



One of the main changes will be the ability to update root certificates. Google will reportedly allow users to update root certificates using the Play System update. This will enable users to update their certificates if their existing certificates become untrustworthy easily.

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Improved fast charging



At a time when companies like Samsung and Apple have been very conservative with fast charging, companies like OnePlus and Realme have been offering fast charging technology that allows users to charge their devices in just a few minutes fully. Realme is set to take this to the next level as its upcoming smartphone, GT Neo 5, is expected to offer whopping 240W fast charging.

It’s not just Realme, Xiaomi will also cross the 200W mark with the Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition, which offers 210W fast charging. The device has already been revealed in China and is scheduled to be launched in India on January 5. The 210W fast charging technology can fully charge the battery in just nine minutes.

Improved cameras



Cameras are another area where smartphones are expected to improve in 2023. While cameras have come a long way in the last few years, smartphone companies continue to make improvements every year with new features in terms of software and hardware.

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Rumours suggest that the Xiaomi 13 Ultra will come with a periscope camera, which will help extend the focal length for optical zoom images. While periscope cameras are not new, Oppo showcased it back in 2017, while Huawei brought it to consumers with the P30 Pro in 2019.

Camera module supplier LG Innotek is scheduled to introduce a new camera module at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2023. The module will be compatible with smartphones powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset and offer 4-9x optical zoom by using moving lenses, similar to a DSLR.

Improved displays across segments



Smartphone makers are expected to improve the displays used in smartphones in both budget and premium segments. Smartphones in the sub-INR 20,000 segment are expected to offer OLED displays, moving away from the commonly used LCD and AMOLED displays.

Similarly, flagship devices are expected to be equipped with the new E6 AMOLED displays that offer improved brightness up to 2200 nits of peak brightness, 144Hz refresh rate and a variable refresh rate.

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Performance improvements



Smartphones these days are powerful enough for most users, but that has not stopped chipmakers from improving performance and efficiency.

Qualcomm’s latest flagship chipset, Snapdragon 8 Gen2, will power most of the upcoming flagships in 2023. The company says the new chipset delivers up to 35% better performance when compared to its predecessor. As if that’s not enough, the chipset is also said to be up to 40% more power efficient.

iPhones with USB Type-C ports?



Apple is expected to finally make the jump to USB Type-C ports, moving away from its proprietary lightning ports for its smartphones. This comes amid a regulatory push from the European Union.

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Since iPhones no longer ship with a charger, this will help users buying an iPhone who already has a Type-C cable as they will no longer have to purchase a charger from Apple.

Bye-bye physical buttons



In addition to ditching the lightning port, Apple may also be ditching physical buttons on its iPhones. According to a report, the Cupertino tech giant is expected to use solid-state buttons for its upcoming iPhone 15 series.

What this basically means is that the power and volume buttons will not have any moving buttons, and the device uses a taptic engine to provide haptic feedback when the user presses the button.

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