Mobile Phone Expectations for 2012

Technology geeks and mobile phone fans always look forward to January and February, two winter months not often getting good face time with people. In January of each year, we look forward to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV, USA. That opening act is followed by the Mobile World Congress in February. Both shows are highlight events for every manufacturer of mobile phones and other mobile gadgets around the world. The CES 2012 and the MWC 2012 have lots of exciting expectations already lined up for mobile phone fanatics.

Samsung v. Apple

Samsung has long been the runner-up to Apple, but 2011 has seen Samsung vault into the front-runner status with the tremendous popularity of the Samsung Galaxy S II as Apple fans get tired and aggravated while waiting for the iPhone 5. They were given the iPhone 4S instead, and many were happy.

Apple will be enjoying its final year at CES in 2012; it will not be at CES 2013. Samsung is already gearing up to outmanueuver Apple in this year's show. They plan on taking the Samsung brand of tablets and mobile phones far beyond Apple's profile reach.

New, faster processor chips are one of the elements involved in Samsung's game plan. Samsung joined others recently in a joint venture to produce their own microprocessor chips that will open new speed floodgates. As smartphones incorporate new technological advancements, users are expecting – and apparently will get – even faster speeds. The 2 GHz mark has already been broken. Will 2.4 GHz or higher become the new norm?

RAM Expansion

Elpida has already shipped prototype RAM chips to a few larger manufacturers. Elpida is expected to fully market its LPDDR3 RAM chip that can stack to 2GHz RAM and present a 12.8 gigabyte-per-second speed, far beyond other RAM chips of the common DDR2 variety.

As almost an added bonus, the new Elpida RAM chip produces less heat and uses less power to operate – definitely positive aspects that will appeal to both manufacturers and users who rely more and more on their mobile phones and smartphones for all their communication and web surfing needs.

It would surprise few that some of the models being announced just prior to or during either the CES 2012 or the MWC 2012 may come to market with the new chip kid on the block nestled firmly inside smartphone bodies.

Screen Sizes

Once upon a not long ago, display screens in mobile devices were considered large if they met four inches on the diagonal. Today, that four-inch mark has become “average” or “nothing special.” The much-touted iPhone 5, whose availability schedule has been off-put from November to December 2011 to March 2012 to June 2012 and recently to Autumn 2012, still sports that four-inch screen.

Samsung, LG, HTC, Motorola and others have brought the screen size average up to approximately 4.3 inches for smartphones, and one even boasts a screen size of more than five inches.

It's very difficult to downsize size dimensions once the barrier has been broken, and only the increasing popularity of wrist smartphones have scored inroads with small screens. Many mobile phone manufacturers have done quite well with 3.5- and 3.7-inch screens, but unless a QWERTY keyboard is attached, expect presentations in both CES and MWC 2012 to sport larger, high-resolution display screens.