Laptops have been the prime choice for people on the move. While desktops may offer superior performance in terms of raw power, laptops are unmatched in mobility and convenience. They offer a wider range of utility and manufacturers are only beginning to explore new grounds.

We looked into the direction of laptop development in recent years, and came up with four features future laptops could have. These are not merely speculations, but genuinely plausible options for laptops released in the near future.

Laptops are relatives to handheld tablets and their resemblance is drawing them closer to each other. While tablets are becoming bigger, laptops are becoming smaller. However, the demand for a keyboard with laptops keeps many companies from going all in with making a laptop-tablet hybrid.

The solution to this dilemma is to make their laptop one of both. Recently, we have just seen the release of 2-in-1 laptops which can be folded to turn them into tablets. 2-in-1 laptops have been made possible thanks to the addition of touchscreen and their support operating systems with recent iterations of laptops.

Battery charging so far has always required a wired connection to the laptop power supply. However, this might soon be rendered obsolete thanks to wireless charging.

Wireless charging has already been developed for smartphones; however, we have yet to see substantial laptop models support wireless charging. The main obstacle for wireless charging in laptops is that unlike smartphones, the power consumption is much higher, up to 50 times. This makes wireless charging by applying a huge amount of voltage difficult, and not to mention, dangerous for the consumers. Recently though, many companies have announced major improvement for wireless charging, signaling to the technology’s possibility.

Hologram displays and projections have been quite successful in the experiment, but developers are still trying to figure out a good use for it. One suggestion is virtual keyboards for laptops.

The idea is to project a keyboard on a surface. The laptop would then use motion tracking through its camera to track the user’s hand movements and accurately calculate what buttons are pressed. The idea is simple in principle and could potentially remove the need for mechanical keyboards on laptops.

Virtual keyboards could also pave the way to more technology in its wake that is similar, such as augmented reality and holographic display. For now, it would be a big leap forward to see virtual keyboards and they may not be as far as you might think.

Ever since the introduction of High Definition, 1080p resolutions have become a standard with most displays. Many users feel that this may be the limit to most display resolutions. But recently, a huge leap has occurred in display resolutions. Whereas most improvement to various techs occurs in doubles, resolution has jumped quadruple in size. Many new monitors are now supporting upwards of 2160p; nearly four to five times the number of pixels on screen.

4K resolution could be the new standard with future laptops and might replace 1080p. The technology is already here and even being implemented on some limited edition laptops. The only problem is, there isn’t enough demand for it. Many users feel that 1080p seems more than enough and a higher resolution than that is just merely a luxury.



Author Bio: Collien Paul is the author of this article and many other written pieces over at She is an entertaining writer that has passionately worked with us previously to mostly cover tech news. Her recent visits for developing conventions has rekindled her love of hardware and inspired her to share her thoughts on where computers and smart phones may be heading in the near future.