The benefits of Windows 10 on ARM are going to be seen mostly in thinner, lighter longer lasting 2 in 1's, on a phone there are hardly any. The question is, if the point is to be more "mobile" why would you want a solution that only works in a static environment that has a keyboard and mouse?
That's not what I said, and that wouldn't be the case. I've already given an example where I would be looking at a benefit rather than anything else, even without peripherals.
It may be good for those rare emergencies when nothing else is available but the advantage will be had from having a truly mobile Windows device.
The moment your solution requires you to be dependent on anything else it becomes less efficient than a solution that has all components present. Which is the better solution for someone waiting in an airport lounge; having to hunt for a desk with a keyboard and mouse or pulling out your ultra thin 2 in 1 with all your data present and getting to work right away?
But it's not limited to those two options though. W10ARM allows a user to access software;
- using a phone with a sufficient CPU
- using a phone with a sufficient CPU + dumb terminal (keyboard/mouse)
Now, already we can see something that mimics real-life currently. People currently use internet terminals at airports,so since that's already there, at least conceptually it'd be an improvement, right? Rather than me using the supplied CPU of the airport I could use my phone and their peripherals. But in addition to that;
- using a phone with a sufficient CPU + wireless keyboard + VR gear
- using a phone with a sufficient CPU + dumb laptop (i.e. what the X3 does now, but with full Windows)
Now, you ask me I would rather get the phone with a W10ARM capable CPU and then ADD any of the above as needed. If I buy this ultra-portable 2-in-1 I'm still stuck with a phone as well. At least now i have the option of choosing what to bring according to my expectations.
And speaking of that, going back to my previous example, that last time I brought my laptop with me it was a Saturday where I expected to possibly do some work while at the same time wanting to play poker at my friends place. In this case it would have been far better for me to just bring a phone and then be able to borrow my friends peripherals to do the job. The HP X3-type 'dumb' laptop peripheral would be a good choice simply because it'd be lighter and cheaper with fewer components in it (or with a better screen) AND because I could leave it behind if I wanted to.
Again one can ask a converse question; Why would I not want that flexibility?