For the past few years there are devices available in the market through various companies which is designed as to be multi purpose. Some have been here since long time where as some are still trying to make an impact in the gadget world. Microsoft, Lenovo, DEll, Motorola are among those big names. There are also few leaks For Apple devices, but none of them are in the mainstream. These devices can be characterized on how they work. Lets discuss through the some of these devices available in the market and their category. In the end, we are going to discuss about the Apple leak.
Mobile that can work as Tablet
“Mobile Phones”, a device which everyone knows and everyone operates. Probably you are reading it on one of them. Asus launched the device PadFone X with this concept. It enables user to attach the mobile to the designated slot on an accessory larger screen which would then work as a tablet. In such scenario mobile device acts as a brain and storage unit to the hybrid tablet whereas the accessory display has its own power backup. You can all say that the larger display is just the extension of available visible screen of what is available or what we can do on the mobile device. It too had the concept of attaching a keyboard to it to give desktop like experience.
Tablet that can work as Laptop
There are many products that fall into this category. All started with a concept in the form of Surface RT and evolved to powerful Surface Pro 4 by Microsoft (Touch screen tablet that can be attached to the keyboard to complete desktop experience. Too has a stylus support). Another device in this category is iPad Pro from Apple. Same concept again. Connect the tablet with the keyboard and give it a stylus support. The difference here was Surface Pro usage full flexed desktop OS with support of the large catalogue of Win 32 Apps where as iPad Pro usage trimmed down mobile OS and has only support to mobile Apps. There are also android devices available, which when attached to keyboard gives you laptop like experience. You can attach a keyboard to almost any android tablet via Bluetooth or USB and that’s all. Your android laptop is ready. Each of these devices has their pros and cons.
Laptop that can work as Tablet
After the success of Surface Pro series many OEM started to bring some new innovation to the table. Lenovo, Dell, HP, etc all has pushed their R&D into this. Lenovo has Yoga, HP has Spectre, Dell has their 2-in-1. All of them on the same concept rotatable screen. Just rotate the screen to the 360 degrees and you are good to go. With touch screens and stylus support this segment is also doing good business. Even various laptop models just come with touch screen and no rotatable screen which doesn’t give the tablet like feeling, but they the less costly that the rotatable one. Various market all over the world are cost oriented where user wants more features with lesser money.
Microsoft too tried their luck in this segment. With their expertise in Surface Pro they created Surface Book. Rather than rotatable display it has removable display. Screen unit (Clipboard) has the CPU, keyboard base has she GPU and battery is there available on both the units. Apple has never made touch screen version of OSX so if you want something in this category you have to go with Windows.
Mobile that can work as Desktop
This is the newest one, most critical, still evolving and trying to figure out its boundaries and limitations. Reason behind this even after decade development in mobile application worlds, it’s still far inferior than the full flexed desktop application. So in the end you are stuck with the mobile application on bigger screen just like mobile that can work as a tablet category with keyboard and mouse attach to it. The best example in this category is the Continuum for Win 10 mobile by Microsoft. Which by the way failed because no one usage windows phone. Some say they don’t understand their UI, while many has the problem with the lack of 3rd party Application support (which by the way is true). I know this line is going to make many windows fan angry, they’ll be like it has all the important Apps, you are biased and you may stop reading further, but before you make any conclusion, let me clarify this I myself is a Windows fan and use Lumia 950 (Previously Lumia 730) in my day-to-day life. Regardless of that we can’t change the reality. Windows phone has least 3rd party application support.
Moving back to continuum Microsoft has the concept of Universal Applications with Windows 10. From their collection of OSes they created Windows 10 under One Windows dream. One OS for all their devices.
In this you just need to design your application once, which will run on all the windows 10 device. From small screen mobile to the enormously large screen Surface Hub, from desktop with non touch support to the touch support tablet, from laptop with 2D display to the 3D holographic system HoloLens, from non screen IOT devices like raspberry pie to the high-end graphics oriented Xbox. Make one App, optimize if for each device segment and it will run on all devices. In continuum you just need to connect mobile, keyboard, mouse and display to a dock it you’ll get a full flexed desktop with the setup runs the desktop version of Win 10 apps. Over the edge innovations, but failed due to lack of application support. HP too launched its Win 10 mobile device (HP Elite X3).
Samsung is there in this category too. Samsung Galaxy S8 also comes with this feature. Connect everything to the dock and you are good to go. But again that setup will only run android application on a bigger screen with keyboard and mouse support with Samsung’s touch in it. The UI of the display after complete setup is re-engineered and now it gives more of a desktop like experience rather that just an android desktop on a bigger screen.
There was Motorola too, having the same concept with their Atrix 4G. Connect everything to a dock and your desktop is ready.