Remember the last laptop dock? Well, the last serious one was the Atrix, back in 2011. Problem then was that you changed OS when you docked and got the rather uncompelling webtop interface. So uncompelling in fact that it’s now dead.
So Motorola’s announcement of the Snapdragon 810 quad core 64-bit chip is very interesting. If you fork out 500 – 600 pounds, Euros, or dollars for a phone with the same specs as an i5, why buy a separate desktop machine?
Until now, the lack of a uniform cross-platform OS has been the problem, as well as storage. Mobile OSs just don’t work on a desktop. So the big winners here are going to be Microsoft and Google with Windows Mobile morphing to Windows 8, and 10 when you dock, and a seamless transition between Android, or something else Googly and Chrome OS would certainly have me looking very hard at a high spec phone.
One device to rule them all, in my pocket or plugged into a screen, keyboard and mouse. The power is there.
Storage is another matter, I won’t be happy with cloud storage for a few years yet, at least not for stuff I use every day. bandwidth, especially on the upstream is simply not up to it yet although I might keep my legacy or rarely-used content in the cloud, I am going to want instant access to my large collection of every day stuff. But with solid state storage now at the same price as magnetic disks a few years ago, if I can have a small dock with built in 256GB or 512GB of solid state disk for my ‘big’ content, and carry what I need on the hoof in the 64 GB I have in my pocket, with the processing power in my mobile device I can live with that. Especially if that mobile device is running an MS OS, which is supported by my pro programs (Adobe Suite, etc.)
Methinks Intel ought to be very very scared.