Razer's phone-powered laptop is less insane than it seems

Janie Parker
January 10, 2018

But below the keyboard, where the trackpad would typically be, is an open compartment that is just the right size to fit the new Razer phone.

Project Linda also has a 53.6 Wh internal battery that can fully charge the docked Razer phone three times without AC power. For starters, there is a slot for the Razer Phone to dock into where the trackpad would usually be. This way you'll be able to use a mouse with your phone, which actually worked quite well in our demo, and would probably help you get ahead in all your competitive mobile games. This marks the Razer Phone as the first mobile device to support both of these standards with Netflix, and the 5.1 rating will work with both the external speakers and the included 3.5mm dongle that's THX-certified.

When set up, the Razer Phone acts as a touchpad and even a secondary display for Project Linda.

The concept of transforming a smartphone into a more traditional computer is nothing new.

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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. Then again, the gaming-oriented Windows tablet called Project Fiona unveiled in 2012 did become a real, if short-lived, product sold as the Razer Edge.

Razer's Project Linda laptop docks the Razer Phone inside its chassis where a touchpad would normally reside and connects with the press of a button. But because it's only using the phone, there is no processing power specifically for the laptop. Let Razer know if you're ready to throw money directly at their face, and it might happen! However, there are some small UI and system tweaks to make the device more usable. Unfortunately, the Razer Project Linda does not have a price tag and since this is just a prototype, it does not appear to get into the mass production phase.

Those who already have their Razer Phones will receive an over-the-air update later this month to give them firmware improvements and such, as well as the app itself if you didn't have it yet.

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