What will replace smartphones in 5 years

The rectangle bar has been our 2nd brain part for almost 30 years, but now it is becoming much closer than ever before. The smartphone is our 2nd brain because it is the only source for information when we need it. We all carry our 2nd brain with us. It helps us to answer our questions and also helps us communicate with other humans no matter how far apart they are. But now what? What will be the future of this kind of device?

And today, in this article, we will be answering this question as well as giving you some reasons why they will be the successor of our good old smartphone.

The possible contenders

We don’t have so many smartphone successor contenders, but we have two major ones, and both are based on similar technology and with a big difference in how you will use them.


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AR glasses might be the closest thing to a smartphone replacement. AR glasses have been tried before, but back then the technology was not that mature. Nowadays, this is getting a little bit different because there are a few big companies that are trying to develop this technology, and they will try to push this kind of device onto the market in a few years.

Contact Lens

In terms of contact lenses, they are pretty far from full devices, but it’s a technology that is currently being worked on, so it’s almost 10 years from now and this is why we will not talk about this.

Why AR Glasses?

There are numerous reasons why AR Glasses could be the smartphone’s successor, including the push from large corporations and the massive growth of the VR market.

Push From Big companies

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This might not look like a good reason to assume that this will be the successor of the smartphone, but actually, this is the biggest reason to assume that this will be the successor of the smartphone.

Pushing from large corporations means more money spent developing and researching this technology, which results in a better finished product.

And this also means encouraging other big companies to make their own products to compete with them.

Huge growth in the VR market

This also does not look like a good reason, but actually it is a really convincing reason. To understand this reason, you have to think about how a smartphone is a scaled down version of a laptop, and AR glasses will be the scaled down version of a VR headset, and this means any breakthrough in VR technology will also push AR into possibility and success.

The most difficult challenge in AR technology is

There are many challenges in AR technology, but portability and display are the major ones.


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Display is the big ones, to become a good successor to the smartphone, you will have to cover all those scenarios as their predecessor meant day to night and also in artificial light while having the ability to see through the screen because it’s a glass.


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For example, portability is another challenge that AR glasses technology has to solve. To understand how hard this is, try to understand that a standard VR is pretty heavy compared to a normal pair of glasses, but you are trying to fit things like a battery, processor, and a bright enough screen to see-through display to see its content in day light.

What will be the final product?

It’s hard to guess what will be the final product, but early versions of AR glasses will require a smartphone as their processing device as well as their main power source, but later we might see fully stand-alone AR glasses.

When will we see AR glasses on our hands.

Early versions of AR glasses might be on the market in the next 2 to 3 years, but don’t expect fully standalone AR glasses until 2027.

Note: These are my guesses, so reality might look different than this. 


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