There isn’t a novelty in smartphones anymore, it is just a recycling

There isn't a novelty in smartphones anymore, it is just a recycling

People say there aren’t surprising traits in current smartphones. Mobile device technology has gotten to the point in the tech world where the features of every phone are essentially the same as the previous one. Top mobile manufacturers have duplicated adversary ideas.

When Samsung produces four-camera smartphones, the pressures then mount on competitors to match up with the same idea or probably imitate.

There isn’t a revolutionary jump in smartphone manufacturing anymore. Manufacturers recycle old phones every year and add minor tweaks, give it media hype and that’s it.

An exceptional case can be made for certain features of a smartphone. For example, wide-angle camera feature, portrait mode photography, fast/wireless charging and a triple camera that never existed a few years ago has changed the face of mobile phone.

Have smartphones reached their peak?

This is an obvious question that sparks up a myriad of discussions among people in the tech world. In this post, I’m going to stick with my opinions and reservations about this particular topic. This question requires a bit of complicated explanation though, I’ll try as much as possible to keep it simple.

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I felt smartphones reached their peak in the very era when manufacturers begin to introduce more than one camera (front and back), fingerprint sensor underneath the screen, wireless/fast charging, wireless earbuds, and bezel-less OLED displays.

Over the past 3 years, there hasn’t been a massive novelty in the manufacturing of smartphones. Producers of phones have limited their efforts to producing new phones and sought to mimic an adversary idea.

Google Pixel 4 motion sensors, gestures, and the tweaked face unlock are improved or perhaps a jump in feature compared to the current recycling of smartphones features.

Nonetheless, it cannot be considered to be a game-changing feature. It appears smartphone manufacturers are recycling the same old features and repackaging them in a different device.


Smartphones have evolved to the stage where no drastic changes could be added. Most phone manufacturers will just recycle older phones with tiny modifications—and hype it.

This isn’t a massive or a revolutionary jump which requires high price tags. For me, if you’re spending thousands of dollars on a smartphone, it should be able to offer something you don’t get in your current device.

Secondly, smartphone manufacturers focus more on money rather than customer satisfaction. That is why producers of mobile phones put a lot of effort into price tags instead of product durability and quality.

To spend over $1000 on a smartphone, it has to have special features. Any feature below a novelty is something that shouldn’t require a lot of money to acquire.

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