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Hands-On With Razer's Project Linda Smartphone Hybrid Concept - CES 2018

Hands-On With Razer's Project Linda Smartphone Hybrid Concept - CES 2018

The concept is similar to the Windows Dock or the Samsung DeX Station, but rather than dock to a desktop PC, Project Linda seamlessly docks the phone right into the laptop. Gamer lifestyle company Razer announced today the inclusion of both premium digital formats through its Razer Phone.

Razer hopes that Project Linda will be a new era for mobile computing, blending the familiar Android environment with the ease of use of a laptop.

The rest of the device is fairly typical for a Razer notebook: 13.3-inch QHD touchscreen, individually RGB-backlit Chroma keyboard (with some dedicated keys for easier Android operation), and an aluminum chassis. The device is essentially a 13.3-inch laptop that somewhat follows Nintendo's playbook with the Switch dock; instead of a tablet, users dock their Razer Phone into the Project Linda laptop for Android-powered gaming. Razer is playing to the phone strengths (the speakers), much in the same way that other smartphone brands are partnering with well-known companies on their strengths (Huawei with Leica). There is also a 720p webcam on the front and a dual-array microphone. Adding to this, the Razer Phone will in the near future get a Netflix app update to enable HDR content to be played. According to Razer's official CES 2018 press release, that sound designation is "typically reserved for high-end entertainment systems and PCs", exploiting five full-bandwidth channels and one low-frequency effects channel.

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So obviously a "recommended device" does two things: firstly, not a lot - no-one who takes care of their own financial planning is going to specifically go out and buy a Razer Phone purely on Netflix recommendations.

When set up, the Razer Phone acts as a touchpad and even a secondary display for Project Linda. Connectivity options include a USB Type-C port and 3.5 mm audio jack.

As with many of Razer's CES reveals over the years, this is a prototype for the time being and may not make it to the market.


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