CES 2018: Project Linda Turns Razer Phone Into A Laptop

CES 2018: Project Linda Turns Razer Phone Into A Laptop

CES 2018: Project Linda Turns Razer Phone Into A Laptop

In its place is a space to snugly hold the Razer Phone, which connects to the rest of the machine via a motorized USB-C hook-up.

Razer is not the first to dream up a phone dock for a laptop. Pressing a button on Project Linda's keyboard prompts a USB-C connector to pop out of the touchpad-shaped cutout in the laptop's base, which connects the phone to the system. Now that smartphones are gettings as powerful as some mid-range laptops, Razer thinks it's time to use these devices to also act as the brains of your next laptop.

Designed for mobility, the unibody CNC aluminum chassis of Razer Project Linda is just 0.59-inch (15 mm) thin and weighs under three pounds (1.25 kg) including the docked phone. There's no speakers in the laptop dock, instead the dual front-firing speakers of the phone will provide the required audio experience.

The concept of transforming a smartphone into a more traditional computer is nothing new. It sports a 13.3-inch display, with a Quad HD resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate which is also available on the Razer Phone. While docked the Razer Phone display becomes the touch pad for interacting with the laptop or can be used as a second screen for various apps and software tools. Granted, you may want more laptop performance than the Razer Phone can provide, but for day-to-day tasks, travelling professionals, and others, Project Linda may suit their needs perfectly. But because it's only using the phone, there is no processing power specifically for the laptop. The integration makes the Razer Phone the first smartphone to support Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 for Netflix. If not, does this news make you more tempted by one?

It just woudn't be CES without a prototype product from Razer, and this time around the company is showcasing Project Linda, an Android laptop/phone hybrid. Razer's current prototype is created to fit the company's own smartphone, but since it connects via USB-C, Project Linda could eventually work with any phone that uses such a port, theoretically speaking.

Placing the Razer Phone into Project Linda is pretty simple.

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