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The current trend for super-slim, yet large screen mobile devices shows no signs of abating in 2012, with industrial designers at leading manufacturers desperate to squeeze their wares in to cases under 9mm thin.
We continue to consistently see screen sizes top 4.5-inches, while a host of gadget makers are trying their luck with devices big enough to be considered either smartphone or tablet. Smaller smartphone offerings are few and far between, and devices with physical QWERTY keyboards are becoming more niche as the years go by.
Manufacturers are, speculation suggests, planning to making the most of that potential real estate by minimising bezels and producing true edge-to-edge displays. Largely thanks to improvements in the Android based operating system we’re also going to see more phones free of the traditional hard and soft keys on the face of smartphone devices.
Concept designs and prototypes continue to promise a future where flexible devices will reign supreme. Some of those devices, in theory, can be bent and twisted to trigger zooms and increase media volume. We also expect manufacturers to push devices with glasses-less 3D devices bringing an extra dimension to current smartphone design.
More of the Mobile Trends of 2012: Design in 2012