2016 was another year where, for the most part, it was hard to pick a bad smartphone. Sure, the Galaxy Note 7 was an exploding disaster, and as we predicted the LG G5 was a disappointment, but we saw plenty of other fantastic options from manufacturers both big and small. It also seemed like phone makers in 2016 were listening to consumer feedback and improving their designs to include more features and make fewer trade-offs, and that was a good trend to see.
In this article, I’ll be exploring the perfect smartphone; the flagship phone I want to see in 2017. Every aspect of this phone’s hardware and software is grounded in reality, so unfortunately next-generation technologies like lithium-air batteries and 35mm-class camera sensors have been ruled out. This is a smartphone that should be possible to create, and something I would absolutely love to see hit the market.
Display: 5.3-inch 1440p Flat AMOLED
Both rear cameras will feature optical image stabilization to improve low light performance. Both will also be capable of shooting 4K video at 30 FPS, alongside 1080p at 120 FPS and 720p at 240 FPS, with high quality stereo audio. The wide angle camera will use an f/1.9 lens, while the zoom camera will use an f/2.2 lens as increasing the aperture of this 72mm lens any further would have led to a larger-than-reasonable camera module.
The front camera will be another Sony IMX260, this time paired with an f/1.7 24mm lens and OIS. The ideal smartphone won’t be the first handset with OIS for its front facing camera (the HTC 10 included this feature), but it’s a smart inclusion that helps deliver the best low light selfies. Again, this sensor would pack 4K video recording.
On the software front, the ideal camera would use Google’s camera application and image processing. The Pixel includes the best image processing I’ve seen in a smartphone camera, including zero shutter lag HDR, which is why Google would be enlisted to optimize the camera experience of the ideal smartphone. I’d also borrow Google’s 4K image stabilization technology to ensure the ideal smartphone takes amazingly steady handheld video footage, while inspiration would be taken from LG’s camera software to create a full manual mode with support for RAW image capture.