What you may not know about the device in your hand

Its more powerful than you think

Published: June 08, 2019
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1 Min Read

Smartphones are synonymous with modern life we use them for communication, shopping, navigation and much more. But what if I told you that the slab in your hand could easily (at least specification wise) power an operation to put people on the moon?

Lets attempt to justify that seemingly ludicrous statement by looking back in history and comparing the average specifications of modern smartphones to the famed Apollo 11 guidance system used to put humanity on the moon . . with some rough and ready comparisons:

CPU: Central Processing Unit, Processes operations, this is the engine of your device. Ram: Random Access Memory, fast memory used to store/retrieve ()read/write) data, this is how your device does loads of things quickly.



Apollo 11 Guidance System

  • Ram: 32 Kilobytes (32,768 bits)

  • CPU Speed: 0.043MHz.

  • Weight: 70 lb (32 kg)


Average smartphones (2019)

  • RAM: 6GB Ram(515,396,075,52 Bits)

  • CPU Speed: Usually Quad or Octa core at 2.6 GHz.

  • Weight: Often around 0.330693 Ib (0.15 kg or 150g)


The phone in your hand or pocket compared:

  • RAM: 1.5 million times more memory.

  • CPU: 120,000+ times faster at least.

  • Weight: 211 times lighter in pounds (213 in KG).


Amazing right? — Your average phone BLOWS the Apollo 11 machine away by a ridiculous margin.


However, we largely use our devices for less noble purposes than space travel. Mostly arguments, selfies, memes & cat videos. Imagine what we could do if humanity fully applied itself with our full available computational power?

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