Another CES, another Razer prototype. Unlike last year’s three-screened laptop Project Valerie, Razer’s Project Linda, announced Tuesday, is something that might actually make it to market. Project Linda is a dock for your Razer Phone in the form of a laptop.
Razer’s approach might have taken inspiration from the clamshell-like Lap Dock (originally called the Mobile Extender) that shipped as an option for HP’s Elite x3 Windows phone. That phone is dead, though, so Razer has an opportunity to reincarnate the idea on a more successful phone platform. I’m optimistic: Project Linda is only a prototype, but it’s the best I’ve seen from Razer.
Because it uses the processing power of the Razer Phone, there isn’t much inside Project Linda. The form factor mimics the Razer Blade Stealth with a 13.3-inch screen, CNC aluminium chassis, and a full Razer Chroma keyboard. In order to match the screen of the phone, the display is 120Hz, 16×9, and (hopefully) Quad HD resolution. I say hopefully because the unit we saw in our meeting was only full HD. Razer said 120Hz QHD displays at that size are hard to come by right now.
Inside the base of the laptop is a 53.6Wh internal battery, good for charging the Razer Phone up to four times. The included power brick is small and connects via one of Project Linda’s USB-C ports. Project Linda also features one USB-A port—take that, Dell and Apple—and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Razer Phone as the brains
The Razer Phone docks into Project Linda where a trackpad would traditionally be and is cushioned by felt. Once in place, you hit a docking button in the top right corner of the keyboard and you hear the USB-C port move into place. From there the keyboard and screen light up, with a quick Razer animation playing while it transitions. From this point on, the glass screen of the Phone turns into a trackpad for Project Linda. When you want to take the phone out, you simple hit the docking button again, wait for the click, and pull it out.
Everything in the laptop runs off of the Razer Phone’s beefy Snapdragon 835 processor with 8GBs of RAM. In our hands-on, the experience felt smooth and snappy, and it was great having the option to pair a Bluetooth mouse for finer controls.
Running Android on such a large screen takes a bit of getting used-to, though. It’s also worth noting that you don’t have the flexibility of a traditional desktop experience, as you do with Samsung’s Dex.
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SOURCE: PC World, Adam Patrick Murray