However, the search for the perfect smartphone is never ending. Close to this model, rank Google Pixel XL and Samsung Galaxy S7, but they have their shortcomings.
Screen: 5.3-inch AMOLED 1440p flat
The first step in choosing a smartphone to look at the size of the screen, because it determines the size of the apparatus as a whole. Large smartphones with screens of 5.5 and 5.7 inches allows you to conveniently watch videos and play games, but it is more comfortable to work with the size of 5.3 inches.
For many it is the perfect combination of size and facilities, especially for owners of medium-sized palms.
Like last year, in a similar article, this time chosen AMOLED panel with a resolution of 1440r. Some prefer to 1080p resolution for greater speed and battery life, but the big difference was observed between the flagship smartphone with these two resolutions.
If there is no difference, it is necessary to choose the best technology.
Also, do not forget about virtual reality. If last year it was not very important, the emergence of Google Daydream platform made of high-definition screens important requirement for flagship smartphones.
For virtual reality the higher the screen resolution, the better. There are even screens with 4K resolution, for example, on the smartphone Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, but is mobile chips are struggling to cope with applications of virtual reality at such a high resolution.
AMOLED technology has been selected for several reasons. It gives the best levels of black color and contrast, as a result of the screen better in everyday use and in virtual reality. The current production of screens AMOLED Samsung have a color range wider than sRGB, which gives a more saturated image with the correct calibration.
The ideal smartphone gives color management at the mercy of the Android system and uses the Adobe RGB and DCI-P3 color space. AMOLED more responsive compared to the screens IPS LCD, which is important for virtual reality.
The shield should operate at a frequency at least 90 Hz.
I do not want to see in an ideal smartphone screen is curved. No real advantages from these bends not, let them look attractive. At the same time an increasing number of them have highlights and image distortion at the edges.
Software is not the best way to recognize it, when you hold the smartphone at the edges. Therefore, the ideal smart phone will have a flat-screen TV.
housing: Waterproof, metal monolith in OnePlus 3 style
Galaxy S7 Edge is an attractive smartphone, but it looks even better OnePlus 3. The ideal smartphone will be largely similar to it, including at the expense of the metal monolithic housing and protective glass Gorilla Glass 4. flagship smartphone should look great and nice to be felt in the hands, this differed OnePlus 3.
The body OnePlus 3 I would like to make some changes. This slim smartphone, so you want to make it thicker to fit a larger battery.
We must reduce all sides of the screen, especially at the top and bottom, making it easier to work with it and make it more attractive. It is necessary to remove the notification slider switch, but you can leave the antenna line, which add attractive minimalist rear surface.
Protruding outside the housing chamber is not ideal, although the increase in thickness can solve this problem.
Ideal smartphone needs a fingerprint scanner, preferably on the back side. There it is easier to reach and more convenient to use.
Scanner ahead requires changing hand position, whereas on the other side before it can reach without changing position.
I would also like to be protected from the water with the standard IP68 and dual front speakers. In 2016 there was a great smartphone with a monolithic metal housing and protection from water – Galaxy S7, the perfect smartphone can be like him.
This protection will protect the device from accidental water splashes and dust. It does not require any plugs and caps for the connectors.
With regard to the dual front speakers, they’re less likely to occur in high-priced smartphones. Meanwhile, they give the best sound in games and video, though you can use headphones, but it is not so convenient.
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
It is still only the beginning of the year and no one knows which processors can appear before the end, but last year it was difficult to make the wrong choice between Qualcomm processor, Samsung and Apple. Apple releases processors only for their own smartphones, so they do not fall into the perfect smartphone.
The choice was made in favor of the Snapdragon 835 instead of the next generation of Samsung Exynos for two reasons. Snapdragon Exynos superior in graphics performance that’s been going on for several generations thanks to the graphics chip Adreno.
Snapdragon 835 will process the schedule by 25% faster than the Snapdragon 820 that is useful in virtual reality applications.
Snapdragon processors are rarely thrown GPU clock speeds compared to the Exynos chip with heavy loads. This efficiency and performance management can be useful in an ideal smartphone.
Second, Qualcomm is able to produce the best modems for smartphones. Snapdragon 835 received X16 LTE modem that supports LTE communication standard category 16 and the speed of the incoming connection 1 Gbit / s. This also supports the modem 256-QAM, 4×4 MIMO, and 4 CA.
More there is Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11ac / ad.
Snapdragon 835 is productive in terms of CPU, its energy efficiency increased thanks to the transition to a process Samsung FinFET 10nm. The processor will be used in many flagship smartphones in 2017.
Camera: Sony IMX260 with Dual Pixel and optical image stabilization
Dual cameras on smartphones are on the rise and the perfect smartphone can not do without such a combination. Looking at the iPhone 7 Plus is, we take two identical rear camera with different lenses: one with a size of 24 mm wide-angle to shoot the usual pictures, the second the size of 72 mm will provide a 3x zoom.
There are several options of double cameras in smartphones, including the camera with the second zoom is one of the most useful. You can call a wide-angle camera produced by LG, in many cases, a wide field of view is useful.
The second sensor in the camera Huawei provides increased detail and depth of the review, which is also good. Often, however, from a smartphone camera I want to get it extra zoom.
Digital zoom provides limited detail and quality, so handy 3x optical zoom.
Both cameras are based on sensors Sony IMX260 CMOS with a resolution of 12 megapixels, as in the Galaxy S7. The size of this sensor is 1 / 2.5 inches with a pixel size of 1.4 microns, which allows for good quality photos in low light conditions, when compared to the pixel size of 1.1 microns. There is also a Dual Pixel Technology, which allows the camera to operate, fast focusing and taking pictures.
This technology offers excellent phase detection autofocus, so the laser pointing is no longer needed.
A year ago in this article IMX300 sensor has been chosen with a resolution of 23 megapixels and a pixel size of 1.1 microns. IMX260 sensor with proper treatment ensures an excellent level of detail and has greater clarity in low light due to the larger pixels.
Wide shots increases less compared to the previous sensor, but the addition of the auxiliary chamber to zoom compensates this disadvantage by increasing the image quality and sharpness of objects in the distance.
Both rear cameras have optical image stabilization for better pictures in low light. Both are capable of recording video at 4K resolution at 30 frames per second and shoot at 1080p resolution at 120 FPS and 720p with a frequency of 240 FPS with high quality stereo sound. The wide-angle camera has aperture of f / 1.9, the camera has a zoom aperture is f / 2.2.
A further increase in aperture ratio here would lead to an increase in the camera module beyond reason.
The front camera will also use Sony IMX260 sensor, this time paired with a 24 mm lens aperture of f / 1.7, and optical image stabilization. This is not the first smartphone with optical image stabilization in front of the camera, before a similar opportunity offered HTC 10, it helps to take selfie in low light.
The front camera can also shoot video at 4K resolution.
As for the software part, the ideal solution would be the application and processing of images from Google. Pixel smartphone includes better algorithms for processing images, including HDR with zero shutter lag.
Also from Google, you can borrow a 4K image stabilization technology to ensure stable format video, and camera software to take the LG company to obtain full manual mode with support for shooting photos in RAW format.
Storage: 128 GB NAND plus microSD
In 2017, ideal smartphone gets a clear upgrade compared to last year’s model: the volume of internal flash memory grows from 64 to 128 GB. You never know, that want to save on your smartphone, so the more space, the better.
Like last year, for a maximum data rate will be used NVMe controller.
If the permanent memory should be even more, there is a slot for microSD cards. Now 200 GB capacity card costs about $ 80, although the speed of their work is not as big as that of the built-in NAND flash memory.
Battery: 4500 mAh non-removable capacity
The most controversial aspect of last year’s choice was to perfect smartphone battery. Many do not like non-removable battery, but this time the choice is made the same.
This is for their own reasons.
Firstly, a removable battery device requires several additional layers to cover it, as well as the release mechanism. Nonremovable battery eliminates the unnecessary layers that allows you to make the body thinner and longer battery.
Battery release mechanism spoil a beautiful monolithic metal body ideal smartphone.
Work with removable batteries leads to additional problems. When replacing your smartphone you need to turn off, you need to buy proprietary charger or permanently change the batteries.
External batteries can be recharged using standard battery chargers, and they charge more than just a smartphone. In addition, they are much cheaper as compared to specific removable batteries for smartphones with the same quality and capacity.
There are arguments in favor of removable batteries. Replacing the low battery with a new per minute charge allows smartphone from 0 to 100%, carry the battery easier than an external energy storage device and the cable.
Removable batteries allow the model to buy third-party smartphone and increase capacity due to the thickness and quality often.
In order not to think about all of this, the perfect smartphone will get the battery capacity of 4500 mAh. With such a size you can easily use your smartphone for a whole day. This unit does not have to do very large.
In Xiaomi and Meizu companies have a smartphone with a screen 5.5-inch, 4100 mAh battery and casing thickness of 8 mm. With a smaller size screen and more battery shell thickness may be 9-10 mm.
More from removable battery there is one issue that will decide the perfect smartphone – durability. battery degradation is inevitable in 12-24 months of continuous use, so you can replace the removable battery with a new one. If the battery is non-removable, replace it yourself does not work, so the ideal smartphone should be on battery replacement guarantee.
The replacement must be free within 18 months after purchase of the smartphone.
Operating system: Android 7.1 with the assistant and fast updates
Naturally, the smartphone will run on Android. Currently the latest version is Android 7.1.
It will be used pure version of Android with support for hardware components and optimization to improve performance and efficiency.
The ideal smartphone will receive security updates and functionality of Android as soon as they become available, at the same time with Google Pixel smartphone and Nexus. Here is Google Assistant, which is available only in Google Pixel and Pixel XL models.
Its still not fully elaborated, but he is already one of the best on the market, along with the Amazon Alexa. Over time it will get better in 2017 and will appear in many smartphones.
Operating System Windows 10 Mobile is not considered for various reasons, including because of the insufficient number of applications, but the perfect smartphone can borrow her some room. For example, it can be Continuum feature that turns a smartphone into a personal computer to connect to a docking station via USB.
- The ideal smartphone must support fast charging technology, especially given the non-removable battery. This model will work with the standard Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0, charging from 20% to 80% should be less than 30 minutes.
- last year, interest in the technology decreased, but the perfect smartphone should support wireless charging standard Qi through. Engineers will have to try to make it work through a metal case, but nothing is impossible.
- Naturally, the ideal smartphone to USB connector type C with support for USB 3.1 protocol. Most smartphones with this connector is content with the slower USB 2.0 standard. there will also be an analog headphone jack 3.5 mm.
- RAM size of 4 GB is enough, although on more too, no one will refuse. It must support NFC wireless standard.
- In developing countries, popular smartphones with two SIM-cards slots, but it is unlikely users from other countries abandon them. This will use a smartphone for work and personal life, or to use a SIM-card for calls and another for access to the Internet, choosing where cheaper.
- In the smartphone will be LED RGB LEDs that will see the unread notifications faster. More had to be always-on functionality of the screen, which will show the time and other information, when the main screen is off.
- The device will work with Qualcomm X16 modem and wireless connectivity. Some flagships do not use the antenna and other components to support Qualcomm modems. The ideal smartphone will support LTE Category 16/13 communication standard and all functions X16, for it will be possible to make phone calls to cellular networks around the world.
- Most of the components will focus on support for virtual reality, will be supported by Google Daydream platform.
The smartphone will have the following characteristics:
- CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 quad-core Kryo 280 at a frequency of 2.45 GHz, four Kryo 280, GPU Adreno 540 1.9 GHz
- RAM2-channel 4 Gb LPDDR4X
- screen: 5.3 inches, AMOLED, resolution of 2560 x 1440 (554 ppi). The screen is flat.
- posterior chamber12 megapixel sensor 1 / 2.5 “Sony IMX260 with 1.4 micron pixels, the lens f / 1.9 24 mm, OIS, Dual Pixel, dual LED flash technology, 4K video,
- Slow motion 240 frames / s at 720p resolution
- camera Zoom12 megapixel sensor 1 / 2.5 “Sony IMX260, lens f / 2.2 72 mm, OIS, Dual Pixel Technology, 4K video
- front camera12 megapixel sensor 1 / 2.5 “Sony IMX260, lens f / 1.7 24 mm, OIS, Dual Pixel Technology, 4K video
- flash memory128 GB NAND and microSD
- battery4500 mAh non-removable. Replacing 18 months
- two SIM slots, LTE category 16/13
- USB 3.1 Type C with Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0
- wireless charging standard Fast Qi
- IP68 protection against water
- szadiNFC fingerprint reader, a 3.5 mm plug, front stereo speakers, LED notification
- metal case, Gorilla Glass 4, thickness up to 10 mm
- Android 7.1 or later with Google Assistant, Google Daydream
Price flagship smartphone will be on par with other flagships and will be $ 600. That’s $ 50 cheaper than Google Pixel, and Apple iPhone 7.