I agree with some of the comments on here.
A mid range laptop these days can do SO much more than a smartphone. A better comparison would be Laptop vs Tablet.
But it's true that a lot of people hardly use their PC's anymore, let alone a laptop because they can access the internet on a phone.
These people are likely to have never read GSM Arena however.
Really it is an interesting point
and the best sentence from this topic is "two products are completing each other than actually competing".
because some times when I surf the internet or watching videos or playing games I use my mobile, while the laptop is used for doing my work and playing high graphic games and of course the most important thing is that windows can handle a lot of useful application that isn't found elsewhere.
This argument has some validity but at a basic level is flawed.
First lets point out the obvious. This is a comparison of smartphones against Laptops, not against Desktops. Desktops have very little to none mobility. They do however share most characteristics with a laptop based on what they can output (achieve). Many points that have been raised conflict against both laptops AND desktops.
Most of the benefits of a laptop over a desktop have been adopted by smartphones, such as web browsing, social networking on the go and viewing media. This makes owning a laptop for a basic day to day computer user impractical and I believe, the cause some of the falling laptop sales.
Anyway lets look at some of the arguments:
• GHz of smartphones catching laptops.
- Some have mentioned that the GHz of phones are pretty much close to that of laptops. This is true, though has little to do with performance comparisons. You cannot compare the clock speed of processors from two different models and types. Just look-up the Megahertz Myth.
- The CPU/GPU's that are used in smartphones cant push the same performance as a mainstream laptop I'm afraid, not yet anyway. The power requirements is too demanding for a smartphone.
• The battery on smartphones last longer.
- Again you cant really compare the two. Laptops usually power a lot more than a smartphone. Laptops have much bigger screens, a full keyboard, cooling system, more intense OS, optical drive, hard drive etc... the list goes on. If a smartphone internals were to be wired up to all the extras in a laptop it would most likely be depleted in a matter of minutes, not hours. It would be questionable whether it would actually be able to turn on.
• I can do everything on my smartphone that I can on my laptop.
- I defiantly could not do everything on a smartphone that I can on a laptop, especially my job (Senior Software Engineer). Yes it can help me by letting me check emails, but when it comes down to it, my productivity crawls if I even try to work on my smartphone + keyboard (keyboard does help). There are many others like me who cant achieve the same level results from using just a smartphone.
- The performance requirements of many laptop applications mean it cannot run on a smartphone. Or if it could it would be too slow.
- Fingers are just not accurate enough in some cases... enough said.
Laptops will always be required for the productivity and performance they provide on a mobile platform but as for a laptops use in our day to day social activities, smartphones win in my book.
1st impression:gsmarena are drunk.
Lappys and smartphones/tablets can't be alternatives of each other.smartphones and tablets have improved processing power to match that of laptops.but when it comes 2 actual computing,smartphones/tablets aren't up to the mark.for instance:i as an student always wondered to have all things on a single screen(thanks to ms for taking initiative),an android or ios tablet won't let u run a programming language like java on blue j(say).
After reading-gsmarena have dived a bit forward of times.the title'smartphones vs laptops' would have made sense 2-3 years later or to be precise,when we would be able 2 play a 'cal of duty:black ops',the fully blown xbox***/ps* version.but the message is clear-laptops need to improve when it comes to 1080p,features like smart stay,smart pause.e.t.c
i would love a 1080 p surface2/3 that could run windows 8 and legacy windows apps that arent available in windows 8 store as of now.and yes Surface is where the laptops ,yes laptops,start improving.
I didn't like this comparison...
Why have you used Windows High Performance energy profile when the S4 certainly have a balanced energy profile enabled on it by default by the OS? Windows default it Balanced power profile too...
Also you could have compared real-world tasks so we'd know if we can expect notebooks to really vanish?
And why comparing the speakers to S4 when HTC One has the two much better specialized frontal speakers?
AnonD-96269, 11 May 2013Do you realize how bad you're making your self look?? Do your own geekbench research if this... moreYou even are comparing a x64 processor's power usage with ARM's processor? Do you even know what you are saying?
AnonD-23624, 11 May 2013Something fishy about this comparison...
What are the specs of the Yoga? is it a Core-I CPU?
... moreDo you realize how bad you're making your self look??
Do your own geekbench research if this sounds "fishy" to you
It's all there!
Every single CPU ability measured and published.
The fact is ARM chips are that powerful.
Wake up already and accept that, you prejudiced blindfolded pc cavemen!
The Cortex A50 will be world's most advanced CPU, slated for smartphones but also all the way up to SERVERS,(AMD licensed it) and will likely give the Xeon a kicking. Because it will pack 4-5 times as much cores on the same die size and wattage, yet for a cheaper price.
What makes for the most advanced core?
It's not the end number of FLOPS and MIPS.
It is a processing ability with a certain power level.
And in that regard, this Exynos Octa is the highest tech one can buy right now.
In processing per watt comparison, the core i5 is trash
Anonymous, 11 May 2013when the storage and gpu capability matches laptops then their deadWon't even gonna happen. High GPU requires a big cooling system. Do you even think a GTX Titan in future is able to run on smartphones with just NO COOLING solution?
Anonymous, 11 May 2013when the storage and gpu capability matches laptops then their deadNo, they will still be very much alive.
Laptops will be laptops,. and phones will be phones. Try to do an excel doc on a smartphone. Didn't think so.
There is no smart phone on the market today or likely in the next decade, that will replace a laptop for actual full resources at your disposal. All the hype on S4 and other mobiles is just that, hype. When you actual see what they can do they are severely limited not the least because of hardware far exceeding software development. Dont rant on about apps. The vast majority are terrible. So what are so called smart phones. Decent cameras now, decent screens, GPS, fast enough for the net, some even have good sound and play vids. Oh and for the morons they play games. That is all they really do so there has been no new areas of significant development, apart from bloatware, for essentially years. It has been evolutionary, not revolutionary.
AnonD-96269, 11 May 2013A high end laptop costs 3X the price of the S4.
And yoga is in about the same price range.
... moreYep - Alienware M18X cost around 1800 USD.
They compared the same price range smartphone smartphone and laptop. One is just 5 inch with some incomparable processor against i5 3rd generation series. Pretty much biased towards smartphones, aren't they?
not everyone is playing crysis3 all the time. anyway, the s4 has some great gpu, it can handle lots of graphic demanding apps.
AnonD-134497, 11 May 2013Why laptop sales are getting lower or not being seen as smartphones sales?
Because there is ... moreA high end laptop costs 3X the price of the S4.
And yoga is in about the same price range.
That's the point
you know, Gsmarena will favor smartphone over laptop, since this is a GSMarena/phone smartphone/ site, and not some laptop/pc or whatsoever..
they are completely different for different usage and u can't compare it!
How u can do all operating system without laptop? Dnt compare laptop with smartphone....
Lord K, 11 May 2013Hahaha...this article had me laughing...clearly the dumbass who wrote this article doesn't kno... moreExactly my point. Comparing a high-end smartphone with a low-end laptop and then concluding Smartphones are so much close to laptops bench marks. Made me laugh out loud.
Why laptop sales are getting lower or not being seen as smartphones sales?
Because there is a HUGE size difference between Laptop and smartphones. Laptops doesn't meant for pocket portability such as smartphones. The x86, x64 processors outmatch ARM processors. I don't think this comparison is useful. Even though, GSMArena is comparing the most intelligent smartphone which is Samsung Galaxy S4 with just a low-range laptop. Try comparing it with Alienware type high-end devices and there will be huge differences found.
I like to play high graphical games such as COD, Crysis, Battlefield, CS:GO, Need for Speed on big screens with high resolution as 1920x1080 with settings set to maximum as Extra High which can't even be achieved by smartphones. One more thing, S4, the most powerful Smartphone yet now costs around 600-650$ while a powerful laptop, not this ultrabook will be costing over 1900$. See the difference why the sales of smartphones are higher as compared to Laptops.
This is not just a well done comparison. The batteries in smartphones, how much things they have to handle while running? Can it be comparable to laptops which is running a full OS and not just a mobile-OS.
Even the battery in Lenovo Yoga is 4-cell lithium which is an IDEAL battery. It is comparable to an idea battery of mobile phones which is 2000mAh. Of course, the battery of Lenovo runs a big screen, keyboard, full OS, mouse pad, other devices and stuff so IT WILL CONSUME quicker as compared to a smartphone.
As I said in the beginning, this comparison is being done between a High-end most powerful smartphone yet now with a low-end laptop. Still it gives differences. I prefer GSMArena to compare a high-end smartphone with a high-end laptop and then elaborate the results.