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Re: Phablet / Tablet Collision
goafrit   7/1/2014 12:44:20 PM
>> Actions announced that it has signed a license agreement for the 64-bit ARM Cortex A50 processor family, making it one of China's leading technology design companies delivering an ARM-based 64-bit chip for tablet devices.

Every quarter, Apple sees its market eroding away. Xiami was enough problem. It is possible that China in the next 7 years could lead the smartphone market. With great technology and good cost model, they have the opportunity. The usual challenges of technology are breaking and these companies are competing well.

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Re: Phablet / Tablet Collision
LarryM99   7/1/2014 11:50:28 AM
I guess that it'll have to do for now, although it seems more of an allegory to a liquor store than an AA meeting. But that's OK, we can quit any time that we want, right?

Seriously, there is a feel to these devices that is very similar to the early microcomputers and microprocessors. A large part of it is accessibility and control. The PC and Apple worlds are both much more serious than they once were, and they are becoming more and more locked down. There is also a perverse pleasure in doing very useful things with a platform that the establishment tends to look on as being underpowered toys. I know that at some point they, too, will grow up and get serious (such as moving to 64-bit architectures) but for now they are a very approachable set of Legos that we can have fun with.

I shouldn't be hanging around with you guys. You're a bad influence. :-)

Larry M.

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Re: Phablet / Tablet Collision
docdivakar   7/1/2014 10:53:56 AM
@LarryM99 hi Larry, interesting comments! I was curious... is there a support group for us deviceaholics? For I too am an Android addict and seem to have been taken hook-line-sinker by ARM processors!

May be a virtual forum like this on EETimes would suffice as support group for deviceaholics??!!

MP Divakar


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Re: Phablet / Tablet Collision
LarryM99   7/1/2014 10:29:18 AM
Larry,  I'm not a deviceaholic, but I found myself at a similar situation.

@Pablo, the first step is admitting that you have a problem. This sounds like denial to me. :-)

Yeah, you noticed the lack of fruit in my digital diet. The last Apple product that I owned was an Apple II+. I haven't trusted anything since.

I agree that Arm is aiming higher and making inroads into higher-end systems. They have definite architectural advantages. Intel had better watch their back.

Larry M.

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Re: Phablet / Tablet Collision
Pablo Valerio   7/1/2014 3:36:14 AM
Larry,  I'm not a deviceaholic, but I found myself at a similar situation. Currently I have a Sony Xperia T 4.55" smartphone, a Google Nexus 7, a Chromebook and a Dell laptop.

Since I have the Chromebook I only use the Nexus 7 ocasionally, and my main mobile device is the smartphone. I also have a Kindle for reading (no pop-ups and alerts)

I believe the 10"+ market for high-end tablets will continue to grow, and hybrid latop/tablet market too. Who is going to win the processor war is another story.

I think ARM has a lot more experience and better technology for mobile systems, and partners such as Actions can help boost the high-end tablet market in Asia.

(I don't pay Apple Tax, my wife does!)


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Phablet / Tablet Collision
LarryM99   6/30/2014 5:46:28 PM
I have wondered for a while when these two segments would collide. Personally I figured that at some point I would settle on one or the other of these, but instead I find myself with a Galaxy S5 phone, Google Nexus 10" tablet, a Chromebook, and a relatively monstrous Asus laptop. I am finding myself using each of these for different things. At some point I will probably collapse down the number of devices, but I have no idea what I will go to. Maybe I will try Google Glass when it comes out in a 64-bit version...

My name's Larry, and I'm a deviceaholic.

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