The end of PCs and phones is suggested by the Snapdragon 8.
The end of PCs and phones is suggested by the Snapdragon 8.
OK, don't get excited, the death of PCs and smartphones won't happen tomorrow. Nor did Qualcomm overtly declare their demise at the company's annual Snapdragon Tech Summit last week. However, it did announce a level of performance that will eventually make current smartphone and PC designs obsolete

The death of PCs and smartphones will not happen tomorrow. At the company's annual Snapdragon Tech Summit last week in Hawaii, there was no mention of their demise. It was announced that a level of performance will eventually make current designs obsolete.

Everything currently in the market is going to be obsolete in a matter of months, thanks to the new Snapdragon 8 platform.

It won't be long until someone comes up with something far beyond what we have seen so far. The market segments are going to come together and create something new.

If your phone can take better pictures than a professional camera, provide music quality that exceeds a high-end sound system, and have Artificial Intelligence capabilities that make translators and existing digital assistants obsolete, is it really a phone anymore?

Let's talk about the new platform. The product of the week is a new gaming platform developed in conjunction with Razor that could change console gaming forever.

A revolution is about to happen.

If we talk about blended products like amphibious cars, flying cars or even flying boats, you get something that does a couple of things poorly.

The exception to this rule was the smartphone which initially surpassed pure cellular phones and mp3 players doing both things as well or better than the focused devices did.

The class of device would continue to evolve from the wave that began this transition. When the technology gets so good that it no longer makes sense to buy any of the focused devices, the evolution has been gradual.

The traditional PC and the iPhone are both on the list to become obsolete.

Better camera. An SLR is more than that.

I am an ex- professional photographer. I know what pros look for in a solution. For some time, we have had phones that are more portable than a camera. The space limitations are largely to blame. They couldn't approach the quality of one because no one wants to carry a phone with a camera built into it.

A few years ago, the company created a camera back for their phone. The device was too large to be used as a phone. It was mostly a niche offering.

We have had high resolution sensors for a while, but getting around the lens problem seemed to be too far away. We had advanced photo and video editing tools that were expensive and required training to do right, but they were also used by photographers.

The application of its artificial intelligence engine to make these photo enhancements automatically, not only getting around the lens issue and matching or exceeding what a dedicated SLR can do, but doing some things, like one-click panoramic pictures, better, was announced by the company.

Pan the image while the phone takes a series of pictures and blend them together to create a panorama. Users only need to take one shot in panoramic mode to get a 140-degree picture.

It's heavy.

The phone's artificial intelligence capabilities were almost non-existent. The included artificial intelligence is a major function in the phone.

It can be used for things like inbound and outbound noise cancellation and to create a far smarter digital assistant than we have today.

The phone sensors can be used to instrument the body to make it look more realistic, which is a critical step in our move to eventually working in the metaverse.

There is gaming.

razor and blade model 

Most game consoles aren't portable and are on a five-year refresh cycle because of the razor and blade model.

What if you could get the same performance from your phone or dedicated game system that was portable?

The concept of a handheld developer platform and lower cost games that don't have to pay for the cost of the hardware was announced initially by Razer.

The music demonstration used a high quality audio stream.

The sound of the demo phone was amazing. The sound range was comparable to some of the best high-end sound systems I have previously listened to, and I doubt any of us will be buying $7K speakers to listen to music from our phones. It should make listening to music on those systems more enjoyable.

It used to be that paying for a high-end car sound system was a waste if you were listening to the typical compressed sound streams that current phones provide. I would really like to get the value from my purchase, but I am dying to see what the result will be when I plug into the premium sound systems in my cars.

PC performance

When you can demonstrate PC-level performance on a phone, you begin to wonder if the phone could take over the PC with the right set of accessories.

The best portable keyboard in the market is what Lenovo has, and it was on display at the event. I think they will eventually announce a blended product, and in a few months we may wonder if most people who are running their applications in the cloud need both devices.

For now, the focus of the company is on laptops. You start to wonder if you really need two devices with the same performance levels.

They are wrapping up.

The phones that will use the new platform should be announced before the end of the year, and you will want to watch for the amazing version that I have heard will be amazing. The next generation promises to be a better music player, camera, gaming platform, and a good phone.

I believe this is the beginning of a revolution. The change should be both amazing and massive, because companies like HP, which has shown a high level of creativity over the years, can use the revolution to dominate it. I can't wait.

The gaming platform from Qualcomm.

Unfortunately, you won't be able to buy this gaming system for a while as it is in prototype form. I was surprised by the huge interest in mobile gaming in Asia.

I enjoy gaming on my phone in transit. Why would you limit yourself at an event when you are stationary? It would be similar to being at home watching a movie on your phone while sitting in front of a 4K TV.

The limited screen is taken up by game controls and your fingers as you play, and those that play must turn off much of the graphics to limit the latency. This makes sense if you want to win the game, but it's important that you enjoy the richness of the graphics.

What if you made a phone for gaming? That has been done before, but without much success. The problem with earlier gaming phones was that the gaming content was designed for non-gaming phones, so you got the downside of a specialized device.

Thanks to the interest in games that approach console games in terms of graphics and richness and advances in performance, we now have decent content.

The gaming system created by the two companies looks awesome.

The G3x Gen 1 gaming platform is powered by the Snapdragon. The image was taken from the Qualcomm website.

I would have loved to have one on the six-hour plane trip from Hawaii to the event, as it is the perfect size to use while riding in the upcoming wave of cars.

gaming platform from Qualcomm and Razer 

Even though you can't get one for Christmas this year, it's not too late to plan for next year. The new gaming platform from the two companies is my product of the week.

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