Woe For Wintel

The one valid argument Wintel has is that desktops/notebooks with “Intel Inside” and that other OS can do bigger tasks, as if most consumers actually had stuff to do…

Check out these specs:“Galaxy J runs Android 4.3 and features a 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED display, 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 SoC, 3GB RAM, 150Mbps Xi LTE support, 13 megapixel main camera and 2 megapixel front-facing camera.”

See Samsung Galaxy J announced in Japan.

That’s for a new smartphone, people. Yes, you can carry it around in pocket or purse without starting fires. It’s power rivals my Beast which is a more than adequate ATX box for doing all kinds of stuff. Beast cost me ~$1000 for the box back in the day and ~$200 for display, keyboard and mouse and it will never be portable except in a truck.

Of course, Samsung’s new toy is expensive but with stuff like this coming down the pipeline it won’t be more than a few years when everyone on the planet will be able to afford stuff like it, with FLOSS. Intel and M$ are in for a ton of pain/reality. Even the ~$100 tablets and smartphones are adequate for ~80% of users of IT.

“worldwide smartphone shipments are expected to surpass 1.0 billion units in 2013, representing 39.3% growth over 2012. Despite a number of mature markets nearing smartphone saturation, the demand for low-cost computing in emerging markets continues to drive the smartphone market forward. By 2017, total smartphone shipments are expected to approach 1.7 billion units, resulting in a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.4% from 2013 to 2017.”

see IDC Finds Worldwide Smartphone Shipments on Pace to Grow Nearly 40% in 2013 While Average Selling Prices Decline More Than 12%

“Google’s Android operating system reached a new milestone during the third quarter of 2013 (3Q13), according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. With a total base of 211.6 million smartphone units shipped during the quarter, Android accounted for 81.0% of all smartphone shipments”
see Android Pushes Past 80% Market Share While Windows Phone Shipments Leap 156.0% Year Over Year in the Third Quarter, According to IDC

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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2 Responses to Woe For Wintel

  1. dougman says:

    Win-Dohs corrupts and makes HDD’s die early, get yourself a new 2.5″ HDD and install Linux.

    You could also boot a live CD, and still use your laptop while your waiting.

    I once ran a desktop for 2-weeks off a live CD, when someone saw me doing work on it they inquired, “hey, I thought your HDD died?” and I responded “It did and kept clicking away” Talk about a confused look on their face. LOL…..

    The last Intel CPU I bought was an i3 for a storage server I am building for a customer with 30TB for storage.

  2. Alex says:

    I was looking at computer components prices today since my laptop’s HDD died. The cheapest i7 CPU retails for AUD335. This is crazy. I could buy two tablets for the price of one CPU from Intel. The cheapest i3 listed was at AUD138…

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