1Razer Project Linda Concept Uses Android Smartphone to Power Notebook
Razer over the last few years at CES has unveiled “concept” devices that it believes, could transform how users work with its computers. It did it again at CES 2018 with Razer Project Linda. Razer’s latest concept is a notebook that doesn’t have its own CPU, but it little more than a docking station for the smartphone that provides the computing power. The combination also allows for other important features, including dual-screen functionality and the ability to control Android apps with a keyboard and mouse. Since the notebook acts as a docking station, it can be used to charge the plugged-in Razer Phone. But already, some critics are questioning whether this device combination forces users into functional compromises they might not like. Read on to learn more about Razer’s Project Linda.
2Razer Says Project Linda Is the ‘Best of Both Worlds’
Razer’s Project Linda notebook is little more than a docking station that doesn’t have a processor or other critical components as all other notebooks have. However, it provides the functionality of a fully equipped notebook computer when users plug in an Android Razer Phone that powers the user experience.
3Notebook, Smartphone Combo Provide Dual-Screens
Project Linda is essentially a dual-screen device. The notebook’s 13.3-inch display supports multi-touch and can be used to control the smartphone’s software. Meanwhile, when the smartphone is docked into the notebook, it can act as the touchpad that many notebooks are equipped with. It can also be used as a secondary display for “custom interfaces or additional apps,” Razer said.
4Notebook Keyboard Includes Custom Keys
5A New Way to Interact with Android Apps
Although Android apps will run on Razer Phone powering the Project Linda notebook, users won’t need to rely on a touch screen to control those programs. Instead, Razer’s device allows users to employ a mouse and keyboard to control apps. The secondary, Razer Phone display can also be used to get quicker access to menus and other contextual information.
6Notebook Serves as a Smartphone Charging Station
The notebook side of Project Linda is a docking station that provides additional functionality. But Razer said it’s also designed to be used as a charging station, thanks to a built-in power bank. By plugging in the Razer Phone into the notebook, users can boost battery life quickly for when they’re mobile and away from the computer.
7Notebook Carries 200GB of Storage
8Notebook Has Plenty of Ports
9Snapdragon 835 Will Power the Device
Although Razer’s Project Linda is designed to act like a traditional notebook, it won’t be able to offer the kind of CPU power built into a typical notebook PC. Instead, it’ll be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 built into the Razer Phone. Although the Snapdragons processing power and 8GB of RAM are nothing to scoff at, the smartphone processing power could limit Project Linda’s user appeal.
10A Major Apps Question
11Will Project Linda Go Into Mass Production?
Razer hasn’t said whether Project Linda will actually go on sales or whether it will remain just a concept device. And like so many other device makers exhibiting products at CES 2018, the company declined to disclose a retail price. But look for Razer to continue developing Project Linda and if potential buyers show sufficient interest, we might hear about it reaching the retail market.