The former CEO of Google, who's currently taking a turn in the chairman's chair, made the prediction after giving a speech at Mobile World Congress that was heavy on sci-fi predictions for the not-too-distant tech-fuelled future. Holographic robot-doubles anyone?. Schmidt also made a veiled dig at a certain litigious, phone-making rival -- telling an audience member: "We don't sue anyone, you get my drift?" Meoooow. Asked by another member of the audience when Android will come to feature phones, Schmidt dismissed the category with a sneer -- retorting that: "A better question is when will smart phones cost what feature phones cost? And the answer to that is next year."Schmidt reckons cheap as chips smart phones are inevitable thanks to Moore's Law -- the tech credo which famously states the number of transistors that can be crammed cheaply onto a silicon chip doubles roughly every two years. Power rises, prices decline and before you know it today's smart phones become tomorrow's feature phones.
The Google bigwig said the company has "many, many partners" who are beavering away trying to build basic smart phones with a simple screen and browser that are as cheap as £60, "The eventual goal is to get to the $70 (£45) range," he added -- a whopping £454 cheaper than an iPhone 4S, Once the £45 smart phone becomes a reality, it will be resold on the second hand market for barely over a tenner, said Schmidt, "All of a sudden there's huge case for apple iphone 7 and 8 - black new market," he added -- doubtless salivating at the prospect of the millions of new Android users Google will be able to amass..
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When Nokia announced the 41-megapixel 808 PureView case for apple iphone 7 and 8 - black smartphone at MWC 2012, CNET's associate editor Lynn La said "it is a phone that has so many megapixels, its megapixels have megapixels." That, it turns out, was a pretty accurate statement, But, before I get into what that all means, judging by comments I've read there seems to be some confusion about the largeness of the sensor, The 808's image sensor is not only larger in resolution, but physical size, It's larger than the ones in most--if not all--current smartphones as well as the majority of point-and-shoots..
The 8-megapixel iPhone 4S, for example, has a 1/3.2-inch type sensor while most compact cameras use a 1/2.3-inch type sensor. The 808's in comparison is a 1/1.2-inch type, which is quite a large sensor for a mobile device. (Do the division and you get the approximate diagonal measurement of the sensor.) That's 2.5 times larger than the one Nokia used in its 12-megapixel N8. Of course, packing a larger sensor with more than three times the number of pixels doesn't translate into better photos: smaller pixels collect less light, which worsens image quality. The thing is, Nokia doesn't really want you to use the full resolution of its sensor. Not for giant photos, anyway.
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