Razer's New Laptop Uses Their Upcoming Phone To Power It

Razer's New Laptop Uses Their Upcoming Phone To Power It

Razer's New Laptop Uses Their Upcoming Phone To Power It

It's a new twist on a concept that Microsoft's Continuum for Phones and Samsung's Dex dock also experiment with.

KitGuru Says: Razer is back at it again competing for the coveted "Best of CES" award. The key is the simplicity of the design and the attention to detail.

Existing Razer Phone will receive an over-the-air update later this month that will unlock all of this audio-visual goodness on their devices.

From there, you can use the phone screen as a touchpad, or as a second screen (and sometimes both at the same time).

If it comes to store shelves, there are many benefits to using something like Project Linda to work and play instead of separate devices. 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. There's even a Chroma configurator for the RGB lighting (of course it has RGB lighting), although it's by no means as detailed as the desktop Synapse software. Android with a mouse and keyboard is probably the biggest obstacle for Razer here, since not all apps will necessarily be optimized for that kind of input method. In a ideal world, any user would be able to dock their smartphone into a laptop at home, school, work, or even in a public location offering the required hardware. The laptop also contains a 53 Wh battery that Razer claims can charge the phone up to three times, an additional 200 GB of storage, a single USB Type-C charging port, a USB 3.0 Type-A port, and a headphone jack.

The chassis also acts as a battery bank for your handset.

The more nitty-gritty specs of the chassis: unibody made of CNC aluminum chassis, only 15 mm thick and weighing in under three pounds. In the case of Project Linda, its the former, which is to be expected for a prototype product.

Razer hasn't said exactly when this update will be pushed out, but it should be here sooner rather than later. Together, that's easily $2,000. That is something they want to fix, where it'll either tell you on the phone that it is in backwards or just not try to dock the phone.

Razer's recently released Android smartphone could end up as its next laptop.

In his review, Alastair Stevenson wrote: "The Razer Phone is a fantastic handset that makes the case for smartphones including variable refresh rate screens".

However, given what Razer has stated (and hopes) to put into Project Linda, not to mention its general avoidance of cost-saving compromises, we suspect that it will exceed that $300 mark, although perhaps not by too wide a margin.

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