Smartphone companies are always looking for new ways to improve their phones and make them more appealing to consumers. One way this may happen in the future is by using graphene, a thin, flexible material that can conduct electricity.
This material could lead to thinner phones and even foldable phones in the next few years. Graphene is very lightweight, extremely strong and it bends.
Cell phone providers could benefit from graphene in different ways. For Apple, it’s all about the ability to further slim down their products. By using graphene for the majority of their phone’s construction, they could significantly reduce the size of their already-small phones. If they wanted to keep their current size, Apple could increase features like the battery and camera without sacrificing the width of their phones.
For companies like Samsung, graphene may provide opportunities for unique phone designs, such as a flexible phone that can fold in on itself. Samsung has been working on this technology for a while, but this material may make their designs a reality.
Graphene may also improve future wearable products which allow devices to curve to the skin better without sacrificing screen quality. All of the major cell phone providers are currently working on smartwatches and other smartwear to add to their product lines, and graphene could improve those options immensely.
The roadblock to these plans is the fact that graphene has yet to be commercialized. Hence, cell phone manufacturers are having a hard time getting large-scale supplies of this product to test, manufacture and sell. Once that hurdle is overcome, we may see a substantial change in the smart devices of tomorrow.