I want the smartphone of the future to...


Us writing folks within the mobile industry often like to point out just how far along technology has come, specifically in such a short — unprecedented even — span of time. And it's true: some smartphones now match the per-core performance of even recent laptops. That's a pretty impressive feat if you consider this in the context of a relatively tiny, smartphone body.

But while the above milestone is kind of recent, as a community we've be dreaming up the next big frontier in computing for a long while. Bold new materials that do stuff that we never imagined. Incredible processing power that will allow us to ditch our desktop and laptop computers and use our smartphones as an All-in-One. Oh, and what about that neat idea of foldable devices that can grow or shrink their screens as you go? And what of that great Project Ara idea of modular smartphones where you're absolutely in control? All of these sound pretty amazing, and though there are no guarantees any one of them will come to be, nothing's stopping us from taking a break from the monotony of reality and going crazy for just a bit.

So, if it were up to you, which of the following would you want your future smartphone to be able to do the most?

I want the smartphone of the future to...

... heal body damage by itself (Terminator style)
6.67%
... be powered by the sun/some other wireless, always-on sorcery
31.65%
... be completely modular and customizable
19.58%
... double up as a full-fledged computer
15.62%
... fold and unroll at my command
3.84%
... do holograms. Holograms, man!
14.29%
... to run apps from a full-fledged OS
4.74%
Other (find my nuts idea in the comments)
3.6%

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48 Comments

1. vedraj

Posts: 77; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

holograms And to store data

25. Cicero

Posts: 1136; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Star War is coming! lol

34. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

Better battery life? Is that too radical and whacky? I know someone is gonna point out 'powered by the sun' as an option but I'm still talking about better battery life.

2. 7a6d3e7

Posts: 22; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

I want to make future smartphones.

43. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

iOS fans be like: "More live wallpapers will be an innovation"

3. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

holograms if done right and cool and fold and unfold. playing with my phone like it's some future computer would be cool, or a phone that is 2-3inch big being able unfold to any size upto 10+ would be amazing

23. TyrionLannister unregistered

holograms = f**k privacy.

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

...to be a Transformer™ and do whatever I ask it to do.

5. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I want my phone to be carrier independent.

8. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Just like those two way radios. No more telcos and carriers. No more bills.

7. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

What I want now is full Windows 10 able to run Android apps making full use of the hardware instead of just some emulator.

16. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Oh, that your future wish has long been fulfilled by Android x86 dual-boot, and would only be further fulfilled with Microsoft's code-recycling features of Windows 10 to run them on top of... However, emulators like Andyroid already meet most of those demands with OpenGL Hardware support, Sensors Integration, Camera/Microphone Integration, Android access to local File System, Desktop Push Notifications, X86 native apps, Multi-Touch support, Xbox/PS controllers support, and Running Apps from Desktop

9. ruwie

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 25, 2014

adjustable size, like pokeball.

10. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I want it just to be a Transformer, is it too much?

11. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Double up as a full-fledged computer, be completely modular and customizable, do holograms. Holograms, man!

12. GeorgeAF

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

Charge itself up, like leave the side of my bed and go plug itself and make me food while its at it. Just kidding, I just want my smartphone to be a smart-phone.

13. steelew

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

BE my one computer. Connect to my 30" monitor, keyboard and mouse, any of which could house the HDD and extra ports . cough cough Ubuntu phone

29. Plutonium239

Posts: 1231; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The phone you describe would be Windows 10 mobile, not Ubuntu.

14. miki298

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 04, 2014

Last 7 days on battery with heavy usage.

15. carlemillward unregistered

Motion Charging or some sort of charging without using electricity.

17. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I want a Surface Phone like the following, with a Tablet Dock to transform into a full-fledged Surface Pro 4 (perhaps thicker) via Thunderbolt 3 USB Type C + an additional Thunderbolt 3 Type C Port on the Tablet Dock to connect to external PCIE Desktop Class Graphics. www.pcworld.com/article/2907539/this-fake-microsoft-surface-phone-is-the-flagship-smartphone-we-want.html Adding completely modular design, glasses-free holograms, folding/converting to smartwatch at my command, and ability to be stay wirelessly charged to the equation just makes it beyond AWESOME! Would proudly pay over $2000 for such all-in-one device.

18. nahusiv

Posts: 100; Member since: Apr 20, 2015

maybe if the poll were serious...

19. AshishN.

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

I want the future smartphones to be free of cost.

20. KushielAOC

Posts: 31; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Be sold in the USA.

21. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2278; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Get rid of trolls on PA.

22. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Palm heat charging.

24. Dale14

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

I want the future smartphones to be like ditto. Can change to every smartphone I want.

26. dejastar

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

An truly always on virtual assistant. So say your having just a general conversation with a friend and you ask a question like "what was that bar in wicker park we went to last month?", as long as the phone is in ear shot it picks up on this and does a search for you. That would be cool.

27. talon95

Posts: 1000; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

infinite battery life. Global coverage (no dead spots) and carrier independent. Unlimited data. OS switching as easy as app switching. Full encryption, end to end, on everything, always. Local, Independent, firewalled, offline, human interface SoC with bio authentication and private storage. (used to interface with online SoC) Neural net assistants, on device, that learn and have evolving personalities. Thought based/neural input. (running on a separate partition and core with local access only) Neural output. (as long as it doesn't crash the human brain) In-depth health tracking. (virus and disease blood/body scans) Security, security, security.

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