Project Linda Is a Dock That Lets You Connect Your Smartphone


CES 2018 has been remarkable so far. It’s a place where tech companies have a chance to show off new models, startups may unveil some super interesting gadgets, but it is most importantly a place of technology innovation. This year has not been as “insane” as other years. Dell exposed their vamped up version of the XPS 15 9560 into a 2-in-1, and Lenovo is one of many introducing their own HDR laptops. On the other hand, some laptops are definitely giving us hints at what to expect for the rest of 2018; and although the talent is clear as day, not everything will come to fruition. Big-named companies, such as Razer, may be one of the best out there, but that doesn’t mean their inventive tech will flow past its prototype model, and this goes for any company. Anything from modular desktops, to a three-display laptops have been shown off from Razer’s CES presentations.

Razer, most definitely, presented one of the highlight concept pieces of CES 2018. The gaming company, which works with both hardware and software services, has made tremendous footprints in the world of tech; meaning, not only is Razer known as one of the best gaming brands, but has pioneered far more than just gaming systems. Beyond the Razer Blade (and other) gaming laptops, the company has extended its specialty to such great lengths, anything is possible (it’s no wonder they brought it once again this year). From the Razer Phone, the Switchblade portable, and even Naga gaming mice (which have all become successful conquests), Razer’s brand-spankin new Project Linda is the formation of a laptop docking station for the Razer Phone itself.

Together, you get an ultraportable laptop, with the power of Android inside. Project Linda, in itself is a laptop dock, where you place your phone into the area where the trackpad would be. That itself provides a 5.7-inch touchscreen (the Razer Phone’s display size), touchpad, or interactive second display. The project Linda laptop features a 13.3 inch Quad HD touchscreen, and uses the smartphone’s 120Hz for a fluid and beautiful experience. It also appears a lot like the Razer Blade Stealth gaming notebook, with a CNC aluminum chassis, and full Razer Chroma keyboard. The laptop has a 53.6Wh battery inside, enough to charge your Razer smartphone 4 times. There’s also a power brick, which connects to the laptops USB-C port, while other ports include a USB-A, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

That’s it for the laptop part of the equation, the rest of the goodies are all inside that Razer Phone’s brain. This is where all the performance, display, and other features combine with the Linda laptop’s larger display, keyboard, and of course, battery. Talk about hybrid! If craving a game, users won’t be missing out on anything. Go ahead and use Bluetooth to connect a mouse, or use Linda’s keyboard for other gaming trigger actions.

I have more good news, despite this amazing idea - the well-known and much-spoken about Snapdragon 835 chipset will be responsible for Project Lindas power. This Qualcomm CPU processor is what has been used in the most popular smartphones of 2017, and just recently transitioned into laptops and ultraportables as well. However, knowing the 835 chip, along with 8GB of storage to create a smooth, yet sharp performance, is music to our ears. Do remember running the same Android you’re used to on a 5.7-inch display will feel and appear different on a 13.3-inch one.

Like other prototypes that were unveiled during CES, this is the only prototype that seems to be the most promising right off the bat. Would this make it simpler to get the most out of your smartphone and the rest out of your laptop, all at once, perhaps bridging the gap between handheld convenience and laptop functionality? The year to come will tell us more.

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