"You will not carry a laptop within three to five years."
This is a very bold statement made by RIM CEO Thorsten Heins in a recent interview by the NYTimes.
Heins also said, "Whenever you enter an office, you don’t have your laptop with you, you have your mobile computer power exactly here," as he held up his BlackBerry 10 smartphone.
Laptops are amazing portable devices that are getting lighter and more powerful every year. It's hard to believe that they will be going away anytime soon. Will they be changing? For sure. So what did Heins exactly mean when he said, "you won't be carrying a laptop around?"
I don't think he meant it in the absolute sense that laptops are going to be totally extinct. 5 years is not that far off. Eventually I do believe the laptop will be replaced, but they will linger on like the compact disc.
I believe the context that Thorsten was speaking about, is that laptops will first become unnecessary in certain locations. Such as, at a destination where you will be able to extend your BlackBerry device into a pixelated environment. Whether it's a display on a table or some type of virtual hologram, that is what will be taking the place of your laptop. Your BlackBerry phone will simply act as the portable information hub.
Take a look at the images I've posted in this article. These are pictures taken from a couple of BlackBerry concept videos that were leaked just over a year ago. The pictures show a device that is being the information hub for a larger virtual environment. I've posted the series of concept videos where I copied these images from at the bottom of this article, where you can see the various situations when you would use your phone as a replacement for a laptop. One of the videos shows the operating system extending itself into a keyboard and screen so that the user can perform tasks that you normally would do on a laptop.
As we can see, RIM has been putting a lot of R&D into mobile computing technology for some time now. It's going to be awesome to see what will come about next year as BlackBerry 10 launches this new era of mobile tech, and just how much in these concept videos will come to fruition.