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February 24, 2014

New Device

I was reading about a new device coming onto the market that is so low-cost and so behind the curve on technology that it will only be marketed in South America, Eastern Europe and Asia (not Japan). But rather than compare it to the very latest product from, say, Apple, I thought I should do a comparison to the very first IBM-compatible computer that I had access to in the early 1980s:

 1980s DOS PCNew Device
Display:640 x320 EGAWVGA (800 x 480) display.
Color:8-bit colorTrueColor (24-bit/16M)
Pixel density:80 columns x 24 rowsPixel density: 233 ppi
Display tech:Cathode-ray tubeDisplay technology: IPS LCD
Power source:120 volts, 60 HzCharging connectors: Micro-USB
 The power grid1500 mAh battery
Audio:Built-in speaker can beepAV connectors: 3.5 mm audio connector
 Like I said, it can beepAudio playback file formats: MP4, AAC, MP3, MIDI
Connectivity:You can connect to your keyboard and monitor, what else is there?USB: USB 2.0
 Huh?Bluetooth: Bluetooth 3.0 + HS
 What?Wi-Fi: WLAN IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Security:To establish privacy you turn off your computerWAPI
Processor:The 286! Way better than the 8086!Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4, dual-core 1 GHz processor
RAM:1 MB, 640 KB usable 512 MB
Storage:20 MB hard drive4 GB storage
External storage:5¼-inch floppyExpandable memory card type: MicroSD
 That floppy can hold 1.2 MBMaximum memory card size: 32 GB
Camera:Kodak Instamatic, get the prints from Walgreen's, go to the post office and mail them offMain camera sensor: 3 MP
Radio:There was room on the desk for an FM radioStereo FM radio
Video:Video! WTF are you talking about?Video playback codecs: H.263, H.264/AVC, MPEG
Weight:Massive. Many pounds.128 grams
 You want a handcart and maybe a back brace if you're going to be moving more than one of theseFits in your pocket
Price:$2,000 at least$122.00
Target market:Marketed to businesses in the U.S., Europe and JapanMarketed to the average person in developing nations

The new device is the Nokia X running Android.

Filed under Technology | permalink | February 24, 2014 at 11:00 AM

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