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

48. plame unregistered

...PopUpPanoramic 360° Camera ...voice + liquid control ...Flexible, rollable, stretched wide-screen OLED display

47. t184256

Posts: 14; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Have way more reliable software.

46. Pbrush

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

Wipe my ass for me

45. aldridhl

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

yes, smartphone screen sizes have grown- but it would be great if the market had more than 1-2 smaller screened high end devices (eg Z compact)

42. Xenaz

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 28, 2013

I just want the smartphone overall price to be cheaper, for now the price of a highend android phone is as much as a upper mid-range laptop in my region, not to mention that insane overpriced iPhone which cost as much as a gaming laptop.......

41. combatmedic870

Posts: 987; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

To be able to vote on phonearena polls....is that too much to ask for?!?

40. bromanz29 unregistered

A DAMN SCREEN THAT DOESNT BREAK.... AND A MODULAR PHONE

39. GeekMovement unregistered

Battery of course, always on is a miracle lol. I'd be happy with just 2 days of heavy use!

38. majedlutfi

Posts: 38; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

I want to build myself just like pc's

37. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

My phone of the future for me is actually the phones of the past, one that has a battery that lasts a week or more under regular usage on a single charge. Or maybe unlock using DNA vitrification.

36. GameKing95

Posts: 30; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

To run apps from a full fledged OS. yea gotta be able to play my steam games when connected to a monitor. the windows padfone with thunderbolt 3 would be epic

35. nsnand

Posts: 27; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

double up as a full-fledged computer!!!! (Microsoft, you are in the right path...) and of course, who wouldn't want like a super slim 7 day battery! "I charge my smartphone on Sundays... In which day do you charge your's?" LOL

32. IOSANDROID

Posts: 120; Member since: Sep 30, 2015

To have 500 gbof storage at the base model,and to be updated the same month that an android update comes out, and maybe to have a near perfect camera (not just slightly improved as always), so bad that things are not as we want it.

31. hgvenom

Posts: 11; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

i want my phone to be more of an extension of my thoughts, that information be directly shown into my eyes or inside my head(like a "thought"), it'll be everything, the information at my disposal, not need to go through the differents menus and configuration, i just will think " i wanna sleep for 15 mim" and wont be interrupted by any notification, least the ones i think is important, and some kind of gentle dream will tell me to wake-up because 15 mim has passed, and all of this made automatically, without moving anything by a thought. media consumption at the rate I want, and watching movie on a screen as big as my vision can get.

33. hgvenom

Posts: 11; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

words, math accountings, notes, pictures, graphics automatically generated will be displayed in from on me merging with my vision of reality, and whenever I'm trying to focus on something that's real through a graphic or a picture, they'll move aside so I can see it in full wonder.

30. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

Nuclear powered . Never out of power .

44. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

but explode when dropped, lol

28. kudus

Posts: 52; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

DOWNLOAD FOODS !!!!!!!!!!

27. talon95

Posts: 1013; 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.

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.

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.

22. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Palm heat charging.

21. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2282; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Get rid of trolls on PA.

20. KushielAOC

Posts: 31; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Be sold in the USA.

19. AshishN.

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

I want the future smartphones to be free of cost.

18. nahusiv

Posts: 100; Member since: Apr 20, 2015

maybe if the poll were serious...

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.

15. carlemillward unregistered

Motion Charging or some sort of charging without using electricity.

14. miki298

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 04, 2014

Last 7 days on battery with heavy usage.

13. steelew

Posts: 222; 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

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