Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The latest Xiaomi phone!!!

The latest Xiaomi phone at 15,000. (see link at the end). Actually I am not sure if it's a phone. I am reading this and am confused:

"Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 8274AB 2.3GHz processor, Adreno 330 450MHz GPU, 2GB LPDDR3 RAM, and eMMC 4.5 flash memory."

Considering that I cannot understand a word of that, I am not sure if it's a phone. My friend who showed it to me was gasping with wonder and going blue all over - I think he forgot to breathe. The phone I have currently can make calls, send sms's and I believe it can take photographs too. To the best of my knowledge, all phones nowadays can do that. So why this great gasp of collective admiration, almost like a group orgasm, whenever a new phone is released into the market? 

He said "you don't understand. It has a snapdragon processor!". I thought about that. I am of course a fan of Saphira, Eragon's dragon in the eponymous series, and enjoy the occasional mention of dragons in Harry Potter. But this one failed to connect. "Ok - forget that - a 2.3 gig processor - can you believe that?" he gasped once again. "To process what?" I asked him. "Why, anything. For example, when I am in a restaurant, it takes all of twenty  seconds for me to load Google Maps, note the co-ordinates,  photograph what I am eating,  and post it in my facebook, instagram and twitter along with links to Zomato for the restaurant ratings, and Tarla Dalal's website for the recipe of each dish on my plate. Twenty seconds! Can you believe that?!!". I couldn't figure out why he wanted to do that in the first place, so I just continued eating my food. Meanwhile, he was too busy uploading photos of his food, and finally got around to tasting it. "See, the food is already cold. I told you my current phone takes too long". He had forgotten to chew and was talking with his mouth full, since he was checking his status for "likes". And then he went on to explain what an LPDDR3 Ram meant, the importance of flash memory, and the absolute necessity of a GPU, all of which was going right over my head. 

He didn't even finish the meal. He rushed off to contact his friend working for Xiaomi to see if he could corner a piece before it really hit the market. I continued munching my lunch in peace  wondering whether it's the other people who are losing it, or is it me who has lost touch with reality. 

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