The capabilities of smartphones are constantly improving, with new features and specs emerging as often as every few months. While dazzling innovations can alter what it is that handsets do, it is the upgrades to hardware that allow them to do this, improving the performance of smartphones overall.
Recent high-profile advances include the octa-core processor seen in some versions of the Samsung Galaxy S4, with even the quad-core version of the device clocking an incredibly fast 1.9GHz. Chips of this sort of power have now become standard in high-end handsets, giving such devices the capability to deliver outstanding performance even when put fully to the test.
Beyond the capacity of Samsung’s flagship, Sony has recently pushed the bar even higher with its Xperia Z Ultra phablet, as the device features a staggeringly fast 2.2GHz processor. Speeds such as these often grab headlines for leading smartphones and are something which manufacturers like to shout about.
Alongside processors, RAM has also increased over time, albeit not at the same rate that chip speeds have. Nevertheless, 2GB is now a standard figure for high-end handsets, helping them to run smoothly.
With specs such as these being widespread across the smartphone world, it is becoming highly unlikely that a handset’s performance will be sluggish. Processors are advancing at such a rate that software developers are struggling to keep up, and there have been suggestions that few apps are available which truly make use of a quad-core chip’s power.
Other innovations have also helped to improve the way in which handsets perform, with Google’s Project Butter being a notable example. The feature, introduced with Android Jelly Bean, makes graphics more consistent across the platform and increases the speed at which onscreen elements are buffered, making for a better user experience overall.
However, there can be other factors which affect the way in which a handset works, some of which have little to do with the device itself. Data speeds are a prime example, with online performance being very much affected by the strength of data connection a device has.
This doesn’t just happen with webpages shown on a smartphone’s browser, as many apps also go online to complete the tasks for which they are designed. Connecting to a good Wi-Fi network will almost certainly make a difference here and the 4G networks which are gradually rolling out across the UK will also improve data speeds for the people who use them.
Overall, the performance of smartphones has come on leaps and bounds in just a few years and looks set to continue apace. Combined with the new super fast networks which are increasingly becoming available, mobile users look set to have an even smoother smartphone experience in the future.