Razer's Project Linda concept turns its Android phone into a laptop

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Razer's Project Linda concept turns its Android phone into a laptop

"We engineered the Razer Phone to handle HDR video and sound like no other phone on the market", says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO.

Project Linda features a built-in power bank that quickly charges the Razer Phone while docked.

The Razer Phone plugs right into where the laptop's trackpad should be, and then actually acts as the trackpad, as well as providing the brains and apps for the whole device. This is because, this comes with a screen, keyboard and basically a full laptop experience, where as solutions like Samsung Dex is just a dock, and you still need to supply the monitor/display, keyboard and mouse. The 5.7-inch glass display on the Razer Phone becomes the combined device's trackpad and its front-facing Dolby speakers provide sound.

Razer's Project Linda laptop docks the Razer Phone inside its chassis where a touchpad would normally reside and connects with the press of a button.

That said, Razer's intent is to provide "enhanced productivity and differentiated gaming experiences" with Project Linda.

The Razer Phone docked into Project Linda
The Razer Phone docked into Project

Project Linda is the laptop concept, but does not come with a traditional mousepad.

It comprises a backlit keyboard, with Razer Chroma coloured LEDs, and a 13.3-inch 120Hz Quad HD display. The Razer Phone now stands as the first smartphone to support both premium audio and video formats for Netflix. In other words, it'll be like using an Android laptop. "The Razer Phone 5.7-inch display can be used as a touchpad, or as a second screen for access to apps, tools, and more".

You might think it would be inconvenient to have your phone slotted into a laptop, but you can pretty much do everything you would do on your phone on this thing. This notebook has a 3.5-millimeter audio jack, a single USB-A port, a USB-C charging port, dual-array microphone, and a 720p webcam. This is a concept still, but we did get a chance to check out the prototype with Razer this week at CES.

Razer has announced a new software update will begin rolling out later this month to the Razer Phone that will let users take full advantage of the media-consuming technology onboard.

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