Razer Project Linda hands-on: Your Razer Phone becomes the brain of your laptop
As our phones get more and more powerful, an increasing number of people have started ditching their laptops. While there are still a few things you can only do on a dedicated computer, mobile phones have gotten to the point where we can do most of our daily tasks on them. Still, a full keyboard a bigger screen are really nice, and Razer is looking to mix two of their most popular products together to make that happen.
Razer’s Project Linda is essentially a Razer Blade Stealth with a Razer Phone replacing the trackpad and the brains of the laptop. It slots in with a simple USB Type-C connection, which immediately shifts the interface to the 13.3″ display once the connection is made. While the unit we looked at just used a 1080p 60 Hz display with no touch capacity, Razer wants the final chassis to allow for 1440p 120 Hz, and also include a touch screen. This way you’ll be able to interact with your laptop in a very similar way you would with your phone, and should get an overall similar experience.
You might think it would be inconvenient to have your phone slotted into a laptop, but you can pretty much do everything you would do on your phone on this thing. There is an array of microphones at the top of the unit so you can do high resolution audio calls, and a webcam in case you want to use something like Skype or Google Duo.
The chassis also acts as a battery bank for your handset. It’s got 53.6 Watt-hours of capacity standard, and Razer says this can charge your phone from 0 to 100% a full three times. Because of this, you’ll actually be tempted to keep your phone in the laptop for longer, as it can keep your phone topped off for when you need to take it out and hit the road.
The laptop is powered through a USB Type-C port, and also includes one USB Type-A port and a headphone jack for peripheral attachment. 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.
Razer didn’t announce a price point or release date for Project Linda, but I do hope that it actually launches at some point, since it’s one of the more interesting concepts we’ve seen out of the company.
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