This Samsung smartphone is also a desktop PC

Posted by Trent Nouveau

Motorola may have failed to attract the mobile masses with its overly-ambitious WebTop hardware, but that hasn’t stopped Samsung from moving ahead with its Smart Dock for the Galaxy Note 2. 

The device boasts a full-sized HDMI port for a monitor, along with a 3.5mm line-in port for an external speaker.

Additional specs include three full-sized USB ports for adding a keyboard and mouse, as well as a microUSB port on the back for charging. 

The Smart Dock is priced at a sweet $99, which may be slightly exaggerated, but will probably find plenty of takers among Galaxy Note 2 owners.

The concept of a smartphone taking on the role of a traditional PC is certainly an interesting one, and one that I’m personally looking forward to. 

Indeed, ARM SoCs like Samsung’s Exynos 5 dual core processor (Cortex-A15) have already tipped up in Google’s revamped Chromebook and are clearly powerful enough to power a web-centric laptop. 

Future ARM-based SoCs like the 64-bit Cortex-A50 will boast even more horsepower than the Cortex-A15 and should have little issue powering a wide range of peripherals and displays paired with next-gen smartphones and tablets.

Now I’d like to emphasize that I don’t think smartphones will be replacing PCs for mainstream users this year or next, although they will undoubtedly be capable of doing so within the near future. 

Mainstream adoption is of course a totally different matter, so it should be interesting to see if similar Smart Docks will be rolled out for additional handsets, most notably the company’s flagship Galaxy S III.