Last time we caught up with Bob Morris, Director of Mobile Computing at ARM, we spoke at length about consumer tablets and smartbooks, the software stack and what would attract a customer. I also asked him how significant the ‘smart’ device category was. At that time he said it was â€˜extremely important.â€™ I’m guessing that after just 3 months, the category has even more weight within ARM to the point where itâ€™s on the critical path.
In this interview, Bob talks to Stacey Higginbotham of GigaOM around the 7â€ Android-based prototype from Compal and poses the question, â€œWhat makes [tablets] hot and useful?â€ Price-points are mentioned along with 1080p video, 3G and battery life over 10 hours. He also talk about â€˜single pin numberâ€™ payments through another ARM technology that provides â€˜ATM level security.â€™
I just canâ€™t help thinking back to Origami when I see that tablet.