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.

HTC Evo 4G
HTC Evo 4G Sprint/Nextel

Google may have latched onto the term, but the concept of a "superphone" is simply a description of an even smarter smartphone that combines the most cutting-edge features that mobile phone users and technologists alike want.

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.

Software specifications

  • 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

Hardware specifications

  • 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 Galaxy S, the first on the market to use the Super AMOLED display as well as the HTC EVO, a 4G-capable phone (in some markets) that's also has a 4.3-inch screen. The iPhone 4's Retina Display is also noteworthy.

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.

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