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CES 2018: Project Linda announced to turn Razer Phone into a laptop

CES 2018: Project Linda announced to turn Razer Phone into a laptop

As CES 2018 kicks off into full gear, Razer has revealed their Project Linda concept which aims to bring their gaming lap tops and phones together for the ultimate portable game experience. The infamous gaming company is known for their wide variety of gaming peripherals including laptops, mice, displays, and more. You also use the phone's fingerprint sensor to authenticate and even the dual front-facing speakers because the laptop has no built-in speakers. Once you slide in your Razer Phone in Project Linda, you can play games on it, browse the Internet, watch YouTube videos or send email. 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.

Razer had this unique idea of powering its latest laptop using the powerful Razer Phone, which comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset or Exynos 8895 octa-core processor depending on the country. The Razer Phone docks easily into Project Linda and connects with a simple key press, seamlessly integrating the devices.

The laptop shell doesn't have the standard internals of a laptop, instead being mostly a case for a 1080p display, 53.6 Whr battery, and a hard drive to extend the phone's storage. You might remember Microsoft's effort with Windows 10 phones and computers or Samsung's DeX with their Android phones. Like with Razer Blade, you also get an RGB backlit keyboard with Razer Chroma.

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"Android power users and laptop enthusiasts share a need for performance in a mobile form factor, which we provide with our award-winning Razer Phone and Razer laptops".

Razer's Project Linda is still, as mentioned, just a concept, but it is a seemingly well built and largely market-ready product.

In terms of connectivity, Project Linda features one USB-A port, one USB-C charging port, and of course, a 3.5 mm headphone jack. The laptop is now a prototype and tagged under Project Linda, but there's no certainty of seeing it in the market anytime soon, or at all. However, if Razer decides to release it commercially, it will have to make it compatible with other Android smartphones as well to increase its success rate.


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