The ridiculous trend for thin-ness in smartphones continues. The iPhone 6 is now too thin for its camera. Not to mention that it bends. Other manufacturers are intent on bringing out even thinner – and in the absence of major advances in materials science, more fragile – phones. Stop this madness now, please!
Time for someone to bring out a phone that as well as being lighter – faster – smarter etc is also Stronger.
So, built around a titanium (stainless or carbon fibre) chassis, supporting from the inside two sheets of high-strength glass laminate, in a sandwich sealed with silicone round the edges. The package is designed to withstand the 2m hard-floor drop test and ideally the BFA test.
No holes in the case. Charging and data transfer are both carried out by inductive coupling; data transfer using established NFC, Bluetooth, WiFi and cellular technologies. Thus the phone passes the washing-machine test.
(Note: Sony’s Xperia range already includes a 3.5mm audio jack that is IP58 secure without a flimsy cover).
Face 1 incorporates a high-resolution LCD or AmoLed colour touch screen, perhaps 3D.
Face 2 incorporates an eInk monochrome screen. We’ll come on to why in a minute.
Phone has two batteries and software to manage charge control in each of them. The system is divided into two: high current systems (essentially the colour display, also some high demand radio functions such as GPS and WiFi); and low-current systems (monochrome screen etc). The high-current systems draw only on the primary battery; the low-current systems can also draw on the secondary battery. The primary battery gives the standard smartphone battery life of one good working day; the secondary battery ensures that the phone is still usable – data is accessible, calls can be made, the phone can be located if lost – for up to one month. Bricking from lack of charge happens only after a month, not a couple of days as with most phones at present.
Pedantically, the word is stereographic. 3D needs holography, which might need to wait for my phone-after-next.
Twin viewer-facing cameras triangulate the position of the viewer’s eyes using smart image-analysis software. This data is used to maniplate the display to provide a stereographic image without the need for special glasses.
The phone has a camera in each corner of each face. These are used to take stereographic photographs and films in either portrait or landscape orientation, with redundancy to provide for the fact that the user will almost certainly cover one of the cameras with his or her thumb. Software will allow the cameras to be used for other purposes, e.g. high resolution document scans using 2, 3 or 4 cameras additively.