The mobile phone sector is one of the most rapidly expanding and technologically advanced sectors in the world. Each year, device upon device is released – each one featuring more innovative technology than the last. And it doesn’t appear to be slowing down.

2015 itself has seen a wealth of developments and shifts, with the rise of dual sim cards being one of the many advances.

That’s why we’re going to explore the top 6 features that all new phones should have. You don’t want to miss out, after all, do you?

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Dual SIM cards

We’ll start with the one we’ve already briefly touched on – dual sim cards.

Originally invented in 2000, it’s taken a while for dual sim cards to become popular with the mainstream mobile brands and their users – yet the time for them to shine is now.

These sim cards are starting to become more favourable as they easily allow users to switch between tariffs and providers. This means that if one of your sim cards can’t find a signal – the other one might.

Plus, if it’s cheaper to make calls to another country using your second sim, you can easily shift. For this reason, dual sims are becoming increasingly popular with business users.

Samsung, Nokia and Sony are all excitedly incorporating this technology into some of the latest phones in their ranges, but what other tech should those who are planning to make a big purchase next year be keeping an eye out for?

Flexible phones

Gone are the days when mobile phones break easily. Smashed screens and expensive repair costs will be a thing of the past when it comes to flexible phone technology.

Phones with flexible technology have plastic screens instead of glass. This means that when you bend your phone, it won’t break. Instead, it will pop back into place again (after you’ve finished bending it and showing your friends – of course).

LG have already explored the idea of this with their G Flex, but the LG G Flex 2 promises to bring even more to the flexible phone market tablet.

Open Hardware

Although a long way off being complete, open hardware experiments are underway when it comes to smartphones.

The most notable project is Project Ara by Google – and the idea is that users can build up their phone from scratch to include exactly what they want from their model – whether that be receipt printers, cameras, speakers, game controls or night vision sensors – whatever you want your phone to do, they’re working on allowing you to do it.

The project is due to be tested later on this year, so it could be a while until they hit the shelves – but we recommend that you try one out once you get the chance.

Project Ara looks set to change the smartphone world forever.

The level of personalisation available is above and beyond anything that has ever graced the market before.

Ultra HD

It can sometimes feel like we’re always after screens with a higher resolution.

We want our images and videos to look good; we want to feel like they are literally standing in front of us – as opposed to being viewed through a screen.

Because of this, the demand for Ultra HD mobile phones has reared its head.

The ultra resolution screens are also known as ‘4k’, and phones including the Galaxy S6 are making the most of this fantastic screen technology.

The result is screens that look beyond impressive, although there is some debate as to whether there’s a line where upping the resolution will no longer make a difference to the human eye.

However, we’ll let you debate whether you think that Ultra HD makes a difference when it comes to what’s being displayed on the screen of your phone.

Windows 10

If you’re looking to head towards a windows phone over Apple or Android, then you simply must make use of Windows 10.

Largely viewed as the solution to the somewhat unpopular Windows 8, Windows 10 comes with the aim to be easily used across all devices whether you’re on a phone, tablet or laptop.

In this way, Windows 10 really could revolutionise the accessibility to our electronic devices, as well as the popularity of windows mobile devices.

The first mobile phone to be officially released with the Windows 10 technology is the Microsoft Lumia 940. So keep an eye out for this model if you’re after an entirely new Windows mobile phone experience.

Location Sensing (High precision)

If you already have a smartphone, you’ll know you can let the phone search for your location.

This information can be used in a variety of ways. It can help you find nearby places of interest, as well as allowing you to make the most of navigation on your phone.

However, the future will see a shift towards high precision location sensing.

This will mean you can use your mobile phone to find your location very quickly – and if you’re browsing the web or using apps, they too will be able to use your information to hyper-target their marketing towards you and your location.

This means you’ll be able to find everything from instant information suited to your location and much more.

It really will add a new level of useful personalisation to all mobile devices, so keep an eye out for this one in the coming year or so.

This piece was written by Chris Taylor on behalf of Computer Hire.