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Microsoft’s Display Dock Turns Your Lumia Phone Into A PC

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Turn your Lumias into small PCs with this accessory

Microsoft revealed their newest Display Dock accessory to go with their flagship 950 and 950 XL phones earlier today. The new display dock is designed to take advantage of the new Continuum feature for Windows 10, which essentially turns compatible phones into mini PCs. The dock gives you the option of adding a full HD monitor that uses a DisplayPort or HDMI connection and up to three USB peripherals to run universal apps at desktop sizes. It’s a great companion for your brand-spanking new Lumia 950 and 950 XL smartphones though Microsoft has not announced the price for this new accessory as of yet.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

16 Comments

  1. Finally! This is what I’ve been waiting for. Masyadong cumbersome at malakas kumain ng kuryente ang traditional desktop. Palaos na talaga ang x86 sa wakas. Only mainframes will use those. Intel, death is upon ye hihihi!

    1. LMAO intel will never die, kahit alam natin na palugi nila binebenta ang Mobile SOC nila, andiyan pa rin ang Intel and this one will never defeat a desktop, 810 lang SOC niyan, walang laban sa Xenon and I7 haswell and new gen processor

      1. You obviously can’t see 5 minutes in front of you, my dear. This alone will not defeat the PC (it’s a pathetic Qualcomm, for crying out loud!) But its future iterations will. Phones today are more powerful than desktops of a decade ago. Intel is selling those SoCs for a loss. Well, they can afford to. For now,at least. But that’s only because they can command hundreds of dollars for those 100 watt processors that are unrivaled. Just wait till the Chinese flood the markets with sub -100 dollar PC alternatives and Intel will see its bread and butter crumble. PC sales have been on the decline for years. This will simply accelerate that. It’s simply a statistical and scientific inevitability.

    2. Intel dying?
      Have you ever heard of the Skylake architecture? And no, it’s not just for PCs; it’s for smartphones and tablets too.

      1. Intel may not die completely. But you can bet they will join the mighty that have so painfully and laughably fallen like Nokia, RIM, and Motorola. They just said that they will refocus on the PC industry. That was a few days before Microsoft released Continuum phones. Di pa nga conquered ang phone industry shift na naman sila ng focus? Kahit gaano pa kaganda ang sky flakes na yan there’s the issue of cost. Mediatek will always match it at a fraction of the price. No one is making money on phones except Apple and to a lesser extent, Samsung. But if it’s any consolation Qualcomm will die before Intel does. Lelz.

        1. I really doubt that Intel will join the likes of Nokia or whatever company has fallen in the recent years. Even if Intel were to give up or lose the smartphone segment of the market, they will still remain alive because of their bread and butter, the PC segment – that’s where the majority of their profit comes from. If there’s a CPU manufacturer that’s really in danger of going extinct, it’s AMD, Intel’s long-time enemy.

          And as for Qualcomm, they really need to consider upping the ante by coming up with a new architecture.

          1. As I’ve said above, the PC will be killed by PC-like mobile computers. Silicone that suck power greater than the output of a small nation and which needs to be cooled by fans the size of a shopping mall is not the future. Intel. Is. Going. To. Die.

          2. PC to be killed by PC-like mobile computers?
            Not when the most powerful smartphone in the world can’t even compile a basic code written in C++ for all platforms possible.

            If anything, the only that’s actually happening to the PC industry right is going back to where it was – for getting serious work done.

            And your statement about CPUs that need to be cooled by oversized fans is such a stupid over exaggeration of a statement. There’s such thing as a fanless CPU like the Intel Core M, you know.

            P.S. I’m not an Intel fanboy or anything. I just use their stuff for getting serious work done.

          3. Like I said, only mainframes will use those i.e. professionals, enterprise customers, etc., most people don’t need that much power. And the most powerful smartphone today don’t stay the most powerful for long. By the way, I just did a search. US (I think) PC sales just dropped another 11% in the third quarter. That was before continuum. I really can’t wait to see the figures in the years to come. Just wait until China phones become PC-like. For all we know Cherry Mobile will kill Intel lelz.

    3. Is it just me or most of your statements reeks of nothing but blind hate towards Intel?
      And did you just say mainframes? Come on, we’re not in the ’80s anymore! Ever heard of cloud computing and virtualization?

      One more thing, did you just say “Cherry Mobile will kill Intel”?

      Sorry, but I’m not into smoking cocaine.

      1. Here’s the joke ——> here’s your head. Pinoy ka nga lelz. It’s irrelevant if I hate Intel or not (but I do love seeing American companies die one by one.) It’s simple logic, really. Intel can’t compete in the smartphone world. Intel will die. Mediatek directly caused Qualcomm’s quagmire by starting the octacore wars, Qualcomm will die. Qualcomm will try to improve, Mediatek matches them (20 nm still inferior to latter’s 28 nm), Qualcomm will still die. Microsoft can’t compete with Apple and Google, Microsoft releases PC phones. PC phones become successful, Google and Apple take notice. Google realises chrome books are stupid, Google adapts Android to become PC-esque. Apple adapts its own. Microsoft becomes a loser again. Microsoft can no longer charge 200 bucks a pop for replicated code, Microsoft finally dies. The end.

        P.S. I also hate Sony. But at least they’re diversified.

        1. Wow, that was quite a prediction from an ANAL-lyst like you (lelz).

          First, I’m a Fil-Am and it’s been a decade since I left the Philippines because of the damn economy or whatsoever.

          Sure, Intel can’t compete in the smartphone market because they’re late but at least they’re trying (and I applaud them for the effort even if I know that they may fail spectacularly) and that in turn results into competition. Your self-centered desire for companies to die one by one will just hurt the economy and of course, the consumers in the process.

          And as for Microsoft, they’re slowly becoming the “New Apple” (save for the Apple’s stupid walled garden) thanks to the solid hardware they’ve announced this October including the Lumia smartphone we’re looking at this article right now. Hell, even Google and Apple, the two companies who called Microsoft’s Surface “stupid” has ripped off the Surface by announcing Pixel C and iPad Pro respectively. Both of them are crippled (and awfully laughable) thanks to having mobile operating systems loaded on them.

          The words “Mobile OS” and “Productivity” are sadly, oxymorons.

          No matter how hard Google tries on making Android PC-esque or whatever crap it is, it’ll will just end up as an OS used only for media and internet consumption, not for productivity due to the limitations underlying on the OS. The whole fad about smartphones replacing PCs is a big fat joke that has been around since the Pocket PC and Symbian days.

    4. And another thing about the drop in PC shipments: Smartphones and tablets only played a small role for the drop of PC shipments. Another reason why PC shipments dropped because PCs don’t need to be upgraded anymore every time a new operating system is released. What’s more is that the system requirements for a new OS remains basically the same as before. Windows 7’s system requirements was basically the same as Windows Vista’s except for the ram. And for Windows 10, it’s basically the same requirements as Windows 7.

      Heck, a Vista-era Thinkpad from my work still runs Windows 10 64-bit just fine with all the drivers working out-of-the-box.

      1. Smartphones and tabs failed to kill the PC outright because they’re just that: smartphones and tabs. Smartphones and tabs that become PCs are the game changer. I knew this immediately after reading about the kick starter idea (I forgot the name.) Powerful computers as we know them today will become niche. If you can’t see that then I hope you don’t own Intel stocks and plan to long them. Personally mas gusto ko pa ring gumamit ng malaking screen. I still have a desktop with a motherboard problem. I was planning on fixing it but with this announcement di ko na itutuloy. Lest mag triple na naman ang kuryente ko.

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