Although there are many who, with their reasons, argue that mobile telephony is peaking and developing is declining, I have to admit that I have serious disagreements about this. If we look back in the not-too-distant past three or four years ago, the differences between the processor, memory, camera, and screen are miserable, and if we look back any further, we should simply be surprised.
Today, in a fit of nostalgia, I want to immerse myself in the cellphone era. if they weren’t Clever. Back when the most modern telephones had 2 megapixel cameras, plastic surfaces and comfortable keyboards for sending SMS. Did you imagine everything that was to come back then? Certainly not.
The unthinkable 9 + 1 a few years ago
Photography and video at an almost professional level
Who would tell us in the era of VGA cameras or most? above, of about 2 megapixels, that a few years later we would have cameras capable of recording in 4K resolution at 60 fps with optical and digital stabilization. Cell phones far surpassed old digital camerasand many of those currently being sold at a non-low price.
In terms of photography, we have reached a point where the inexperienced user could hardly distinguish between a top class photo and that of a DSLR. Portrait mode has been one of the major leaps in the last few years, allowing digital emulation of the effects caused by the focal length of professional cameras.
Have screens with a higher resolution than a TV
Until not so long ago We watched TV on screens with a resolution of 480P. I still remember when we made the jump to HD channels with the boom in high definition screens. We are currently finding the QHD as the resolution standard in the high range and the occasional smartphone that can achieve 4K.
We got used to having more than 500ppi in a phone, which is just spectacular considering the type of device we’re talking about.
Have more memory and RAM than a desktop computer
My first Android was 256 megabyte RAM memory and 1 GB internal memory. Currently, when an Android doesn’t have 6 GB of RAM You look at him with a bad faceand the standard in the high-end area in terms of internal memory finally reaches 128 GB, the same amount that the SSD has with a Macbook Pro of 1500 euros.
Even medium-range phones like the Xiaomi Mi A2 have configurations with 4 + 64 GB. something that was just unthinkable 3 or 4 years ago. Although Android is consuming more and more resources and the applications are heavier, the development of the hardware has been spectacular.
Play games with console graphics
We achieve spectacular points with the processors in our devices. Apple said its iPad Pro is as powerful as an Xbox Oneand in Android, while we haven’t reached these extremes, we haven’t missed out either. Games like PUBG Mobile, Fortnite or PUBG Mobile demonstrate the graphics performance that is achieved, Deliveries with spectacular visual sections that we didn’t even find on the consoles a few years ago.
Generation after generation increases performance, gives us more and more freedom of movement and makes smartphones ever closer to consoles and PCs in terms of raw performance.
Pay by phone
Who wanted to tell us a few years ago that we can leave our wallet at home and easily pay wherever we want since our cell phone can work as a card? The advent of mobile payment was another big leap in mobile technology, a feature that is growing in popularity despite the initial reluctance of some users.
Have an artificial intelligence at our service
OK Google, tell me the news and write down my shopping list. Can you imagine an assistant like Google’s 4 or 5 years ago? While they still have a lot of work to do, virtual assistants are another feature that doesn’t remember where we are on the technology. We can easily automate tasks, delegate certain tasks in the wizard that we previously had to do manually – set alarms, call a contact, search for something on Google … –
Batteries charge in 30 minutes
Yes, old phone batteries lasted 3-4 daysHowever, this was due to the very small screens we had and the lack of functionality on them. We currently have pocket computers so we should practically be grateful that they take a day or two.
Terminals like the Oppo Find X have shown that more than 3000 mAh can be charged in just 30 minutes. In the past, charging a small 1000 mAh battery could take hours. This shows once again how we are developing in every single aspect.
Unlock the phone with your face
Pick up the handset, let it activate automatically and unlock the screen. Face recognition technologies have been around for a whileBut it wasn’t until the arrival of the iPhone X that they became very popular. Since then, this has become even more important for iOS Face recognition can be integrated into system applications.
In Android, the current APIs are related to the fingerprint reader, although we hope that in the not too distant future we can have this facial recognition integration for purchases, logins, and others.
Have fingerprint readers under the screen
Fingerprint readers came out as something innovative, but … put them under the screen? Terminals like the Vivo or the OnePlus 6T have shown that this technology is already mature enough to be integrated into smartphones. Up until a few years ago we fantasized about this idea and looked at each other, we already have it in our hands.
A few years ago we had plastic cell phones, tiny panels, and several inches thick. At the moment The phone that is this inch thick is rareThe frames have been reduced to a minimum so that we can have terminals with large screen diagonals in relatively compact sizes – see Google Pixel 3 or iPhone XS -.
Glass and aluminum are great protagonists too, aside from the plastic we encountered a few generations ago. Some high-end terminals are real luxury itemsand the construction both inside and outside is just exquisite.
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