That time when laptops and smartphones will merge into one single multipurpose device, replacing a plethora of gadgets that we use every day is almost here. That’s because some smartphones today are even more powerful than the computers used by NASA to send a man on the moon several years back. The latest smartphones have graphic processors to deliver high-quality graphics and video buffering capability rivaling the fastest laptops in the market.
Tech companies have realized that encompassing the features of a computer in mobile is the next market trend with Samsung leading the race with their new NexDock for smartphones. With only a fraction of the price of a laptop, a NexDock is a laptop’s empty shell with only a Screen, Keyboard, and a USB-C type connector for docking your phone. It utilizes the immense processing power in your phone to give you a laptop-type windows experience by just docking your phone into its port. We can say more about Samsung but that is not the focus of this piece.
The latest mobile chipsets are powerful enough to power a Windows operating system seamlessly. Tech companies are utilizing this enormous potential in mobile processor technology to power a new class of notebooks. If you look at the specifications of the latest models of laptops by Asus, Lenovo, and Hp, you would see that a Qualcomm chip is powering them. These are the same class of chips that power the latest smartphones. So, technically, there is no need for a person to have two devices performing similar operations.
The powerful processor of your phone can be utilized to power other devices and gadgets without the need for separate processors for everything. Microsoft has launched its “Always Connected PC,” which uses a mobile ARM chipset for its processor. ASUS came up with an innovative idea to compete in the market by introducing the PadFone. The phone is designed to power a tablet, and it can be put inside the casing of a tablet hull, seamlessly transforming itself into a tablet. The Sentio Superbook is another device currently in the market that allows for a connection with a smartphone. It then uses the processor of the smartphone as its CPU. It is so convenient to drop your phone into a tablet when you are feeling like watching a movie on a bigger screen or just working on an assignment.
What’s the Difference?
The only difference between a smartphone and a laptop is the screen size and the qwerty keyboard. A lot of companies have put docks in the market capable of harnessing the power inside a smartphone. A mobile phone dock is a laptop shaped hull having only a bigger screen and a full laptop-style keyboard. For example, Huawei has a product in the market that uses a USB-C type cable to connect to a laptop, and it uses its screen as a monitor. Mobile phones are slowly replacing laptops in the tech market, and tech manufacturers are beginning to adapt to this changing market trend.