Tech & Science Razer’s Project Linda turns a phone into a laptop

07:00  12 january  2018
07:00  12 january  2018 Source:   MSN

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Razer ' s project Linda aims to leverage the power of the Razer Phone and instantly transforms it into an Android based laptop PC. This turns your phone into a workstation terminal that is better suited to tasks like typing or even web meetings over Skype.

a laptop computer © Provided by The Next Web Razer’s Project Linda concept laptop incorporates the Razer phone, literally. The laptop is large, tricked-out dock for the phone which brings Android to a larger screen.

What is it?

Project Linda is a chassis with a large dock into which Razer smartphone owners can place their phone. At the touch of a button, the phone becomes the laptop’s trackpad and a second screen.

a close up of a computer © Provided by The Next Web

Project Linda comes with a built-in power bank for charging the phone, as well as an audio jack, webcam, speakers, USB for peripherals, and several other things you’d expect from the typical Razer laptop — except it doesn’t function without the phone.

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From this point on, the glass screen of the Phone turns into a trackpad for Project Linda . But until then I feel confident that Razer can deliver on its promise of a laptop dock sooner than you might expect.

Razer ' s big CES 2018 prototype is an Android phone dock done right.

My colleague, Napier Lopez got to test it out at CES and had this to say about the design:

Until you notice the trackpad is actually a smartphone, the laptop seems nearly identical to the Razer’s Blade Stealth, which is to say, it feels like a real laptop. Using the phone as a trackpad was surprisingly natural, other than the fact it doesn’t click. I only had about 5 minutes with the device, but browsing websites felt totally smooth.

Why does it matter?

Being able to use your phone as a laptop with a keyboard is a bow both to convenience and to accessibility. Ordinarily, I set my phone aside when I want to do more labor-intensive tasks, like typing long stories, or when my eyes are strained from looking at a small screen — problems that’d be nonexistent with a laptop dock like this. I doubt it’d ever be as useful or as powerful as one of Razer’s gaming laptops, but if you don’t need it to be, it’s a nifty innovation.

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Razer ' s big CES 2018 prototype is an Android phone dock done right.

Linda is a hybrid laptop dock for the Razer Phone . This turns your phone into a workstation terminal that is better suited to tasks like typing or even web meetings over Skype. Razer didn’t share any details about pricing or even going into full production with the Project Linda at this time.

Napier thought Linda wasn’t so important as similar projects it’s likely to inspire, “It’s clearly a pretty niche product, considering owning a Razer phone is a prerequisite, but even in prototype form it makes a solid case for smartphone-powered laptops in the future.”

When is it coming?

Project Linda is still in the experimental phase at the moment with no release date in site. If you want updates, check Razer’s page specifically for the product. If you’re interested in the smartphone itself, it’s available for $699.

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