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5G could replace your laptop's hard-drive, according to tech executives

The Samsung Galaxy Book 2. (Source: PhoneArena)
The Samsung Galaxy Book 2. (Source: PhoneArena)
Companies such as Qualcomm and Samsung may believe that devices like the Galaxy Book 2 are the immediate future of the laptop. This is because they can leverage the power of 5G for data transfer and cloud functions. However, some company representatives believe that 5G can supplant even more aspects of computing.

The Samsung Galaxy Book 2 is the future of the always-connected laptop. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 processor, which brings 5G to the device. This new standard of mobile connectivity could drastically reduce the time taken to transfer files and other data. This has is a considerable boon to retention and retrieval associated with cloud storage.

In an interview conducted with PC World. executives from  Qualcomm, Samsung and Microsoft, Don McGuire, Alanna Cotton and Carlos de Torres respectively, suggested that 5G could in fact go beyond that level of support for storage. The potential of 5G in terms of data transfer, transfer  speeds and capacity could allow it to move and sort data in bulk and on as regular a basis as a physical hard drive. In other words, files on a cloud over a 5G network could seem to be as immediate and accessible as the flash storage nearest to you.,

This sounds exciting, especially for the form-factors and power of the 5G-connected laptops of the future (not to mention the phones). On the other hand, a world in which all the data really is on the cloud has its drawbacks. It would make users implicitly dependent on carriers (and their reliability) to simply use their computers on a daily basis.

Therefore, the same networks would have a profound advantage in this matter, and may leverage it in terms of 5G pricing and availability. In other words, there would be little incentive for them to offer competitive service if they could stand between you and your own backups. Ultimately, there is something to be said for holding on to our physical components for at least a little while longer.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2018-10-22 (Update: 2018-10-23)