The smartphone is ripe for a real revolution. While manufacturers push the boundaries of what our favourite mobile devices can do each time they release a new one, most are evolutions of past models. In fact, we could argue that the last real smartphone revolution dates back to 2007 when Apple unveiled the original iPhone. Flexible displays and other flexible materials as well as contextual awareness and voice-driven interfaces tease us about what is coming next but have yet to truly deliver on their promise. Let’s jump today to the future to see what it holds. Thomas Chanal recently won a Nokia-sponsored contest that challenged people to imagine what the Nokia Lumia would look like in 2020.
It all starts with a device that looks more like a large key than a smartphone. But a button on the side unlocks it and a flexible display rolls out. There are no physical buttons but the rear of the display works as a touchpad. The device also promises connectivity to the world of “everything connected.” This includes the usual like computers but also things like billboards. It also comes with a 20MP camera (an entry level sensor by 2020?) with a silent shutter mode and RAW support. Needless to say, it will be available in different colours as the Lumias are today.
This Nokia Lumia smartphone will also sport a very different operating system. It’s not immediately clear that it’s Windows Phone or Android as the concept pulls elements in from a number of mobile operating systems. If nothing else, it would appear that Facebook and Twitter will still be around in 2020.
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