Linked by David Adams on Tue 27th Jul 2010 07:44 UTC
Intel An interesting article at Ars Technica takes a look at some compelling data (the longer-than-normal processor update cycles in Apple's personal computer lineup) and speculates that Apple's enthusiasm for its partnership with Intel might be cooling. Like Apple's soured relationship with once-BFF Google, this may be the result of Intel's increasing activities in the mobile computing space.
Thread beginning with comment 434596
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
vivainio
Member since:
2008-12-26

Don't kid yourself, we are at most two years out from that limit on smart phones. Higher MP cameras and HD video will need more memory, if for nothing else than to buffer frames.


So you are expecting phones to have 4gb of ram in the near future? I don't see that happening.

E.g. iPad has only 256MB ram, iPhone4 512MB. If plentiful ram was easy & cheap for these devices (as it is for PCs), they would have 1 gig by now.

Reply Parent Score: 2

jgagnon Member since:
2008-06-24

It is increasingly easy for them to include more RAM (and physically, you can now fit 4 GB of ram in the same space that you can fit 512MB, just not for the same price). Also consider the mobile space is expanding at a far, far greater pace than PC's are right now. I fully expect dual-core phones within a couple years as well. Call me crazy, but that's my prediction.

Reply Parent Score: 1

vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

I fully expect dual-core phones within a couple years as well. Call me crazy, but that's my prediction.


I'd go on a limb and call you crazy. :-)

Not on dual cores, but on 4gb+ RAM on phones. That would be overkill for any real world requirements.

Reply Parent Score: 2

Delgarde Member since:
2008-08-19

I fully expect dual-core phones within a couple years as well. Call me crazy, but that's my prediction.


Eventually, but I think 2 years is unlikely. First, because unlike the PC world, power consumption is critical rather than desirable - we'll not see multi-core phones until they can get multi-core processors with heat output and battery life comparable to current generation phones. Second, because the cost will initially be prohibitive - even Apple's most rabid fans will be hard-pressed to justify a new $2000 dual-core iPhone...

I think three years would be more likely, maybe four. Technology changes quickly, but it still takes time for it to appear, mature, and for people to build a product around it.

Reply Parent Score: 2

organgtool Member since:
2010-02-25

The new Samsung Galaxy S has 2GB RAM. While I do not own one, it was a joy to use during a demo. It felt very fast while multitasking because backgrounded apps that would have been swapped out of memory on lesser phones reloaded quicker since their contents were still in memory. As other posters have mentioned, video apps that support 720p will likely take large chunks of memory. With the current progression of smartphones, I would have to agree with jgagnon and I would be surprised if we didn't see smartphones with 4GB within the next two years.

Reply Parent Score: 1

aledujke Member since:
2010-01-02

erm.. no sPhone does not have 2Gb of ram. Maybe storage but not ram. It has 512Mb of LPDDR2 ram.

iPhone 4 for example has the same amount of slower LPDDR ram.

As for the dual core cpu's in phones... I'm pretty sure both nokia and HP had those. Actaully those were dual CPU's phones... but that counts too ;) It's nokia N96 I think... and that's an old phone.

Reply Parent Score: 1