The Future of Mobile


We all expect the cellphone to get smaller while packing in an ever broadening array of functions. The real question is what it’ll look like—inside and out in several years.

To find the answer, Microsoft has investigated dozens of on-the-brink technologies, picking the brains of cellphone product engineers, industry analysts and lab researchers. They told us of cameras that zoom, screens that play Star Wars, and micro fuel cells that deliver days of continuous operation.

Some of these breakthroughs are showing up ‡ la carte in today’s mobiles, but to picture how they’ll fit together in one slick device, we enlisted the help of Ecco Design (, an industrial design firm that develops consumer electronics for the likes of Apple, LG, Motorola, Sharp and Siemens. Here’s what we came up with and how it will work…

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