Carrying Your PC in Your Pocket
I have long predicted, as have many, that someday you would return home (or go to work) and instead of powering on your laptop or PC, you’d dock your mobile phone and it would ‘be’ your PC. You’d have real monitor(s) and keyboard/mouse, and it would act as a PC. Simple as that. Except first the tech has to catch up.
This has been achievable for many years, but not economical. Now, we are getting there. Samsung’s S8/S8+/S8 Note Dex Platform basically allows just that. However, even with the S8+, at 3GB of RAM and a less than desktop-power CPU, you won’t get far. However, the mere existence of the DEX dock shows that they are planning for this.
Of course, these are passively cooled (no fan), and further confined, so there will *always* be a performance win for desktops.
The S8 Note doubles to 6GB of RAM and further increases processor clock speed over even the S8+. Of course, these are passively cooled (no fan), and further confined, so there will *always* be a performance win for desktops. However, the current specs are on the borderline of where a person who *only* browses the Internet and does simple tasks *might* be OK.
Watch out for this in the future, but I wouldn’t worry about it displacing desktops just yet – but give it another 5 years and it’ll be a viable alternative to all *but* those who need the best performance. Worst? Those who do need the best performance will have to pay more for it (e.g. more for desktop chips), since there will be less demand.
Of course, years ago, many proclaimed the PC dead when tablets came out. By PC, I include laptops and Ultrabooks, FWIW. How long do you think the PC will be around? And will it be suited just for home use, or relegated to back-end servers?