Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Razer unveils Project Linda that turns your Razer Phone into a laptop

Razer reveals new Project Linda concept 2 Razer unveils Project Linda that turns your Razer Phone into a laptop
Theresa Hayes | 12 January, 2018, 17:28

But delivering a high-end smartphone with top-notch features to compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung flagships wasn't Razer's end game. At CES 2018 we also got a tantalizing first look at Project Linda which aims to turn your Razer Phone into a straight-up laptop. The Razer phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor paired with 8GB of RAM.

No one knows if Linda will ever make it to the stores, but it is definitely one of the more impressive and interesting hybrid concepts we've seen in a while. This has to be disappointing to many gadget enthusiasts. The entire system would be rendered completely useless if Razer changes the phone's form factor with its next release-an extremely common move by smartphone manufacturers. Essentially, it's a dock that runs the phone itself into 13.3 inch Android gaming computer, which is kind of a neat concept for those gamers constantly on the go. The laptop's screen is also touch-enabled and has a whopping Quad HD or 2K resolution, which is an extension of the 2K display on the Razer Phone.

And if you happen to be Razer, you try things even more differently, building a laptop to house a phone you've made and creating a hybrid between the two.

The Razer Phone is the first smartphone from the company, and it has attracted quite some attention with the industry's first 120Hz display in a smartphone and dual-amplified front-facing stereo speakers along with powerful hardware. The dock also features its own 53.6 Wh internal battery that, when fully charged, can charge the docked phone three separate times. Razer co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan, says, "Project Linda combines the best of both worlds, bringing a larger screen and physical keyboard to the Android environment, enhancing the experience for gaming and productivity". It connects with the press of a button and instantly transforms Project Linda into an Android laptop. As far as connectivity is concerned, it comes with a 3.5-mm audio jack, a USB-A port, a USB-C charging port, 720p webcam, and a dual-array microphone.

It's incredibly responsive to your finger movements and feels just like your laptop's trackpad, albeit much smoother because of the phone's glass display.

With the phone docked, the entire Project Linda setup is 15 millimeters thick and weighs a little less than three pounds, the release noted. The Razer Phone is now available in the U.S. for $699, and the laptop's price will determine how practical it is for those who own the phone.

The phone fits in an enclosure where you'd usually find a laptop's trackpad.

If you wish to buy it, the phone is worth $699. One example is with gaming, where you'll be able to play the game on the laptop screen and then access the menu on the phone screen.