Opinion: The most interesting smartphone and computer innovations this year

From transformable tablets to bendable screens, here's 2017 in a nutshell

It’s been fiercely competitive of late within the tech landscape, with everyone, it seems, bringing their best to the table this year.

Smartphone makers have been battling to come up with new and novel features, a race which has produced everything from HTC's (and Google's) squeeze feature to Moto's Mods and Samsung's wireless charging (though Nokia took the lead in that aspect some years back with its Lumia 820). Even Razer is seeking market space with its gaming-centric phone.

PCs and convertibles aren't far behind. This year has seen the launch of slimmer chipsets that consume less power. Announced in June, NVIDIA’s Max Q lets your laptop operate at a much lower temperature, which results in a quieter machine (no more roaring bus imitations!). This only applies to the GTX 1060 to 1080 Series right now – but it's still good news for the ears of bitcoin miners (although we'd recommend a tower instead).

And foldable or bendable OLED displays with flagship features are just around the corner. Teased at Tech World 2017, Lenovo’s foldable tablet transformed into a handheld smartphone that you can carry around in your pocket, albeit with a rather snug fit. Samsung is also rumoured to be launching a Note smartphone with bendable OLED technology next year. 

Judging from the flagship killers and advancements this year, the future's looking pretty exciting. We’re definitely expecting more to come, especially when it comes to AI and processors like Huawei’s impressive Kirin 970. That said, sometimes a step forward merely for the sake of moving isn't progress at all. Here’s to hoping at least some of the upcoming smartphones will have a 3.5mm headset jack, and laptops more than three ports.