The term "superphone" hasn't come to mean anything for the average consumer, says Mike Elgan writing in Computer World. historically the term described a phone that was technologically superior to other phones in the category, but still interior to devices such as the PC. For a smartphone to truly be "super," it must have technology and capabilities that exceed, or are absent in, other consumer devices.
According to Elgan, both optics and AI are two areas where smartphones might leapfrog the technology on other devices.
A new category of superphone has cameras capable of using more pixels than even high-end prosumer digital cameras.Nokia this week announced its Lumia 1020 superphone, which is super because it has a 41-megapixel digital camera inside. (My high-end prosumer Canon EOS 7D camera has an 18-megapixel CCD.)...
iOS phones like the Apple iPhone have hardware inside designed to optimize the use of Siri. This experience is not available on laptops or desktops or anywhere beyond the hardware-optimized iOS devices it runs on. That exclusivity makes the iPhone a superphone.
It's definitely exciting to envision smartphones that have functionality not present on legacy computers. However, it will be interesting to see if notebooks and desktops start following the mobile computing industry by integrating these features into traditional PCs, after they've become established on phones and tablets.