[Mobile World Congress] This Mobile Internet Device (MID) reference design from Qualcomm is yet another sign that mobile and laptops are getting closer together. As Qualcomm would put it, this is a phone in a super-slim laptop body. In short, you get an ultra-slim design that is truly “instant on” (like a phone) and runs mobile software (Android, for example) – but at the same time, you get the comfort of a laptop when it comes to display and keyboard. The idea is quite frankly not new but it has always crashed on the same wall: it always end up being too expensive. Secondly, do we need to open a $60/mo cellphone account again?
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