With the evolution of faster applications processors, availability of better mobile productivity apps and increasing size of mobile displays, today’s smartphones deliver a broader set of features that overlap with what traditional mobile PCs and even newer generation tablets provide. Smartphones keep integrating, converging and evolving and have already replaced countless single-purpose devices, such as MP3 players, personal navigation systems, digital cameras, pedometers, remote controls and more. On the one hand, the processing power, display capabilities, and improving user interfaces available on smartphones make them increasingly competitive with tablet and mobile PCs in content consumption, and in many cases creation. On the other hand, the convergence of applications and functions has highlighted voice as a key point of differentiation for smartphones, but with VoLTE (Voice over Long Term Evolution) and cellular modems, tablet and mobile PCs will be able to function more like phones. At that point, the tradeoff will truly be between convenience (size, portability) and performance (screen size, processor, memory, battery, power consumption, heat dissipation).
Some other things to consider:
- How will the smartphone differentiate itself from mobile PCs and tablets, aside from screen size?
- What are smartphone makers working on to advance the smartphone revolution? How does the industry visualize the future of smartphones?
- When will we start to see mobile PCs, tablet PCs, and smartphones converge, if ever?
- Are there any smartphone characteristics that mobile PCs and tablets will never be able to emulate?
These are some of the questions that we’ll discuss with industry experts in the “Shifts in the Device Environment” session at USFPD Connected Devices: Performance vs. Convenience, March 3-4 in Santa Clara, CA.