Defining the 'superphone'
Google may have latched onto the term "superphone," but the concept is nothing new. At a Silicon Valley tech conference, Samsung's chief strategy officer defines the next-generation of smartphone.
Google may have
At the MobileBeat tech conference in San Francisco on Monday, Samsung's chief strategy officer, Omar Khan, took a stab at listing the components that go into building the next-generation smartphone.
- High-definition video capture and playback (720p minimum)
- High-quality 3D gaming
- Rich social networking apps
- True multitasking without stopping or restarting apps as you go back to them (he means you, iPhone 4)
- Combination of native and Web apps to emulate the desktop experience
- 4-inch screen or larger
- Super AMOLED screen or similar
- 1GHz processor or higher
- 3D graphics accelerator
- Multipoint motion sensors (like a gyroscope, geo-magnetic sensors)
- "Superphones" will also all use 3G or 4G minimum--for the latter, LTE or WiMax-capable
In truth, we're already seeing some phones that fit this description, such as Samsung's own
While we're not there yet, Kahn predicts that within the year, or at least "the near future," we'll be seeing mobile phones with dual-core processors similar to those found on laptops.