My phone, which isn’t exactly brand new, has a 1.6gHz dual core processor, 1gb of RAM and a decent enough amount of flash memory. On paper, it’s as good as my old macbook.
It also has a decent size screen, a physical interface, wireless connectivity and an audio socket.
Here’s my burning question: how much longer do I have to wait for someone to develop a sampler/plugin-player OS for this device???
Most of my piano sample libraries are smaller than 20gb (except maybe the full 7CG) and I’ve run them on lower spec’d computers. You can expand flash memory, anyway.
As well as being comparable to a laptop, it’s an order of magnitude more powerful than my (still often used) akai s1000. Midi could be implemented over WiFi. I wouldn’t even be surprised if t he radio circuitry could be coerced into broadcasting the output like a wireless mic. But even if not, there is a mini jack socket (which is also an input, for recording your own samples).
I don’t think I want to try building an OS, but I’m curious to know if there is a good reason why it can’t be done.