The South Korean mobile giant has said that its revolutionary RWB camera technology can produce the same photographic results as the iPhone 6 with microns two-thirds the size. This means that the camera module can be even thinner so it no longer protrudes from the back of the handset.
Another stumbling block to thinner phones is the battery. Modern smartphones require big and powerful batteries to fuel high-resolution screens, games and several hours per day of usage.
However, this comes at a cost and this cost is size. Samsung dropped the size of the battery in the S6 to achieve a thinner product but hopes to be able to reverse this by 2017. This will be achieved by increasing the energy density held in the battery from 700wh/l to 780wh/l, packing more power into the same area and delivering a better, thinner product.
These two developments combined should create an even thinner smartphone than the one we’ve got today, but more excitingly, one that could last longer and not have a camera module that juts out from the back.
Would you prefer a phone with a longer life or a thinner body? Let us know in the comments.
Also, to see us stack the Sony Xperia Z4 against the LG G4, check out Android magazine issue 51, available in stores and online now.