After an eventful year in 2020, 2021 comes as a reinforcement under the sign of renewal. In the high-tech world, new products and innovations are expected to usher in a new era that is more connected and technological than ever before. Let’s find out what to expect in 2021.
Allo? here 2021
By 2020, smartphones with 5G compatibility have become legion. In France, the first installations of 5G antennas have already begun. We can look forward to 2021 to be able to subscribe to a 5G package and enjoy crazy browsing speeds for all our connected uses. The first 5G offers are arriving, and you will need to acquire a compatible smartphone if you haven’t already done so to be able to enjoy them. Manufacturers should also multiply 5G references so that everyone can get equipped. 5G should no longer remain the preserve of high-end smartphones for a long time to come, and should be extended to more accessible models.
Of course, we’re looking forward to the new smartphone ranges from Samsung and Apple. Thus, we can already count on new iPhones. The Samsung Galaxy S21 will also be in the game with its variations such as the Galaxy S20, S20 Ultra and S20+. Let’s break the codes, a new version of the Galaxy Fold would also be in preparation. This foldable smartphone is the spearhead of the Korean brand in the field. Samsung really seems to care about this technology. The new Korean flagship should also include the next Exynos processor that the brand is to present at CES 2021, which will take place virtually.
The Chinese brand Realme experienced a meteoric rise in 2020. The Realme Race, the first smartphone of the brand to use the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chip, is expected to arrive, promising tremendous power.
Following the sale of its subsidiary Honor and various American sanctions, the giant Huawei is trying to break free from American dependence. To do this, the brand has been working for some time on a completely independent in-house operating system. The future Huawei P50 could well be the first smartphone equipped with HarmonyOS 2.0 software, which should eventually equip 100 million terminals.
Of course, other industry players such as Xiaomi or OnePlus are not expected to turn their backs on the chips. A OnePlus 9 even seems to be profiling while Xiaomi is expected to complete its Mi smartphone range.
Allo … listening
2021 approach and the new sound is felt. No extraordinary revolution in sight, but newcomers and a market largely focused on true wireless headphones now offering active noise reduction.
Apple has already hit hard with its Airpods Max headphones. The apple brand has finally decided to go completely into sound and we can expect that the brand will not stop there by completing its offer, especially in terms of its wireless headphones. Other players in the field such as Bose or Sennheiser should also come back to the forefront with new iterations of their EarBuds and Momentum wireless headphones.
The Californian giant Google could also make headlines with its very successful Pixel Buds headphones, which the brand will not fail to update in a new and increasingly sophisticated Pixel Buds 3 version, having definitively abandoned the cable connecting the headphones as in the first Pixel Buds.
It also looks like Sonos speaker manufacturer Sonos is about to unveil high-end headphones. Lovers of good sound and fans of the brand should be thrilled.
Virtual or Real?
New generations of consoles have already started to invade our living rooms. Whether you’ve opted for the Playstation 5 or an XBox Series, 2021 is shaping up to be a great one with new game releases. But the question that many gamers are asking is whether Sony will decide to bring its Playstation VR virtual reality system back on its new ultra-powerful platform. With such internal power, the Playstation 5 could offer gamers a Virtual Reality experience never before seen on a console. For now, we can still take advantage of the compatibility between the PS VR and the new Japanese console, especially since, like some PS4 games, some VR games could benefit from a little boost thanks to the power of the PS5.
The adventure of virtual reality does not stop. Panasonic plans to release its VR Glasses. These glasses intended for multimedia contents rather than video games are capable of displaying an image in 4K HDR thanks to OLED screens. Equipped with in-ear earphones, these glasses emphasize above all the immersion of the user. Finally, 5G connectivity will ensure a perfect experience with a compatible smartphone.
To take the full view
Apple also intends to get into the race and will soon offer connected glasses. We already know that the brand has focused on augmented reality in recent years by working with developers to exploit the full potential of the iPhone through games and applications. The augmented reality glasses in question would allow to display elements directly on the lenses and would be controlled from the user’s iPhone.
There is also something new in the air for TV sets. The microLED technology should begin to be commercialized in the course of the year 2021 after having been greatly delayed by the events of the year 2020. And why is this technology so revolutionary?
Firstly, microLED displays are composed of small panels that can be added or subtracted at will to change the size of the screen.
Secondly, microLED allows to reconcile LED technology and OLED technology. Indeed, the microLED inherits a very good image quality, better management of brightness and very low power consumption. Its price, on the other hand, is high: several (tens of) thousands of euros. But as with all innovations, the price will be revised downwards over time