January 12, 2022

Changes and developments in 2021 Smartphones


In 2020, photography capabilities were the deciding factor in choosing a new smartphone among consumers. The flagship smartphones of 2021 tried to attract public attention by displaying high-quality. Looking at the best flagships of the year, including the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, and the Apple iPhone 12. It is clear that there are several different ways to take great photos with these popular smartphones.

By 2020, this trend will continue in the quality and accuracy of smartphone cameras, and advanced technology will improve the resolution hardware of high-resolution camera sensors, optical zoom capability, and computational photography. The best smartphones of 2020. However, you probably do not have to buy a new camera! The superior and distinctive photography features of last year’s flagship cameras will soon be one of the most affordable features of 2020 smartphones.

The war for higher resolution continues!

One of the defining trends in smartphone photography in 2020 was the growing growth of high-resolution camera sensors.

You may be surprised, but the 108-megapixel camera may even look normal or even average in 2020! If the rumors are true, the Samsung Galaxy S11 is set to launch with its own 108-megapixel camera sensor, equipped with 9-to-1 pixel combination technology. Samsung is also working on its 144-megapixel camera sensor with a pixel size of 0.7 micrometers. In addition, the US company Qualcomm with its Snapdragon 865 processor supports the construction of sensors up to 200 megapixels, noting that the sensor hardware is working to achieve this. So look forward to megapixel wars in 2020!

Faster cameras with more accurate autofocus in new Smartphones

Auto-focus technology is not something that has a significant impact on the popularity and sales of smartphones. However, autofocus is an extremely important feature of a smartphone camera that can be very effective in determining the quality of motion and motion pictures, high quality video recording and even ensuring the sharpness of landscape photos (Landscape) . For more information on nature and landscape photography, you can read the Professional Nature and Landscape Photography Guide article.

Top smartphones will start using Sony’s chip lens technology (OCL), also known as “full-pixel autofocus”, by the end of 2021. The Find X Oppo smartphone has already started using this technology. This technology is especially useful for focusing using high-resolution sensors (such as those mentioned earlier). Likewise, the 2×2 pixel design has given way to a high level of light sensitivity and simultaneous HDR recording with light exposure, like the technology used in Huawei phones.

Currently, flagship smartphones use PDAF technology. This new technology uses several focus adjustment diodes located around the camera sensor. We can definitely expect the application of this technology in the camera of 2021 smartphones.

Advances in Artificial Intelligence in Photography

The use of artificial intelligence in photography, also known as “computational photography”, is one of the main features of the new smartphones. From Huawei and Google flagship phones to affordable phones from Xiaomi and Oppo. Almost all smartphone brands have promised to use a variety of artificial intelligence

Amazing zoom capability!

Smartphones began using dual cameras with optical zoom capability. The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 launched the idea with two telephoto cameras for near and far zoom.
The idea of this technology is very simple! Extra cameras with different zooms fill the quality gap between the main camera and telephoto lenses.

Larger cameras will sell more smartphones!

Limitations on the size and shape of smartphones continue to lead to significant innovations in mobile camera features. Both hardware and software aspects will improve again in 2021. High-resolution sensors and machine-based algorithms will play a major role in the camera quality of the 2021 flagship smartphones.

Technology trends in 2018 and 2019 for triple and quad camera settings will not be obsolete any time soon. Photography flexibility is a major differentiator in the smartphone sales process, so 5x wide-angle optical zoom lenses will still be part of the camera capability in 2021. However, it seems that more professional focus, high-resolution image detail, better low-light camera performance, and advanced artificial intelligence imaging will return to smartphone cameras again in 2020.