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is smartphone hardware becoming more powerful than pc or laptop. These days android phone comes with 2k display,2.5Ghz,ddr4 ram,dual band wifi and powerful gpu,whereas basic laptops still comes with hd display and1.8 Ghz processor and ddr3 ram.
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  1. I'm going to go with no.

    You know how laptops have components that end with m, as in the GTX 970m or something? That stands for mobile, because it requires less power to run, but also isn't as capable of a chip as the regular 970. that's the tradeoff you make for portability: less power. With smartphones, it's much the same I would think.

    Also, I don't know any phone with a GPU in it, maybe an integrated chip, but I don't think they have dedicated graphics.

    Then again, I don't know much about smartphones and I could be way off base. Most of this is a semi informed guess.
  2. kaptainkuftic said:
    I'm going to go with no.

    You know how laptops have components that end with m, as in the GTX 970m or something? That stands for mobile, because it requires less power to run, but also isn't as capable of a chip as the regular 970. that's the tradeoff you make for portability: less power. With smartphones, it's much the same I would think.

    Also, I don't know any phone with a GPU in it, maybe an integrated chip, but I don't think they have dedicated graphics.

    Then again, I don't know much about smartphones and I could be way off base. Most of this is a semi informed guess.


    Good answer, all your statements were correct.

    It's comparing apples to oranges. Both fruit, but both different.
  3. While smartphone/tablet hardware has improved quite a bit over the last couple years, it is still quite slow compared to that found in all but low end laptop/desktop PC hardware. Currently, the ARM chips in smartphones/tablets perform on a CPU level approximately to that of an Atom CPU; which is pitifully slow compared to that of anything in the Intel I series or middle/higher end AMD range of CPUs.

    While you can build an ARM chip that is as fast (performance wise) as a desktop x86 CPU, the trade-off would be much higher heat produced, more space required for a proper cooling solution, and a much larger power draw; killing points on small devices such as phones and tablets. This has not stopped Nvidia from trying on the desktop though with the Jetson TX1 line of boards.
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    There's a lot of different factors that go into determining how powerful hardware is. Anything that runs on a battery isn't going to be as powerful as something that doesn't. Which is why a laptop isn't as powerful as a desktop. Smartphone processors like the Qualcomm Snapdragon, Samsung Exynos and Apple A9X run octo cores as split between CPU cores and GPU cores in order to save power. Because of that, say an 8 core CPU will power 4 cores for processing and 4 cores for graphics. On smartphones, too, apps are more centralized than they are for desktops. Smartphone screens though are also becoming more sophisticated as the technology advances. The smaller high resolution screens are cheaper to produce than larger high resolution screens, which look better and more attractive to prospective buyers.
  5. talking about synthetic benchmarks only, i would say yes.

    At least apple managed to do this with the 6S Plus against the new macbook running with intel core M. The smartphone got higher score running the same benchmarks.

    most high end smartphone may have higher score against entry level notebooks, even considering the phones are running 4k display and the notebooks HD display only.

    Ex: you can play a "high end game" with Lumia 950 and maybe you will not run the same game with the same qualities with a old i3 or pentium D through the windows store.

    but, speaking about the hardware itself, i would say no.
    They have completely different architecture and are made for different objectives and optimizations. Like you say, we cant compare apple and oranges.
  6. If smart phones were anywhere close to the power of a pc then Pixar would have created "Finding Dory" on an iphone. This article is a couple years old but references the apple mac pro's used in creating Pixar films.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/pixar-uses-apples-mac-pro-to-make-films-2014-1

    The kind of work done on a smart phone isn't close to the kind of work done on a laptop or pc. People are playing pokemon go on a phone, not witcher 3. They're surfing the internet with dummied down mobile versions to accommodate the tiny screens. They make it sound like a big deal when a smart phone can multitask with multiple windows open, my p2 166mhz with win 95 did that.

    Compared to previous mobile tech for phones it is a big deal, in the grander scheme of things not so much. People might browse the web or play a youtube vid, they're not writing books on smart phones, doing full spreadsheets and accounting on them, graphic design, 3d animation, video conversion, gaming etc. Just like a pocket knife doesn't compare to a chef's knife. When Wolfgang Puck goes into a kitchen to prepare meals he's not reaching for his cute little 12 in 1 swiss army knife with toothpick and tweezers and for good reason. If you're stuck in the woods well then it beats gnawing through something with your teeth.
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