Smartphones have no doubt flourished and lead the market share of wireless handsets this year. According to technology research firm Strategy Analytics, there is a specific type under this product category whose sales are predicted to increase annually by a whopping 200%. These are the high-end mobile devices people have come to informally call superphones.
So when does a typical smart phone, an already relatively high performance handset, become a superphone? They are essentially smart phones with much more juice. For one thing, their screen real estates are in the 4 inches or more range. Then their cameras, usually one in the back and another front-facing, have resolution capacities between five and eight megapixels that enable higher quality photos and videos.
Some models are also equipped with a handful more microphones for clearer and crisper calls and audio-video recordings. To support these features, superphones need power under the hood. This comes in the form of dual-core processors with speeds of 1 gigahertz and up. They’re system-on-chips that have a complementary graphics processing unit that do all the heavy lifting for graphics-related functions.
It’s an understatement to call these mobile devices “phones”. They’re practically personal computers that fit in your pocket. With the way their screen dimensions keep increasing in size, the lines between tablet and smart phone are also blurring.
If you take a look at the currently available devices that fit these characteristics, you’ll notice that majority of the models run on the Android operating system. The rapidly increasing adoption of this mobile platform by vendors is in fact one of the primary factors identified that drive the growing demand for superphones. The HTC Sensation and the Samsung Galaxy S2 are two handsets that fall in this classification.
Around ten million units of the latter were sold in the mere few months after it was made available to the public. Strategy Analytics further informs that while wireless handsets in general have a predicted growth of 13%, superphones enjoyed a rate fifteen times more than that in this year alone.
You’ve heard that the Galaxy Nexus is coming out soon and that it’s going to be running on the latest version of Android called Ice Cream Sandwich. It seems like the same pattern with PCs is happening, only at a much faster pace. Google will keep on improving the mobile platform. In the meantime, handset and related hardware vendors are going to match this with continuous design and production of ever more powerful devices that accommodate the improvements.