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


People who have bought the Razer Phone are undoubtedly tech nerds so they'll likely enjoy the enhancements this update will provide. And the 53.6 Wh internal battery can rapidly charge the docked phone to full capacity over three times while away from AC power.

Netflix and Razer just announced a new partnership that will bring HDR10 and six-channel Dolby Digital Plus 5.1- certified video content to the Razer Phone following an exclusive agreement between the two companies.

Project Linda bridges the gap between handheld entertainment and laptop convenience. Now that smartphones are gettings as powerful as some mid-range laptops, Razer thinks it's time to use these devices to also act as the brains of your next laptop. You'll want to make sure you have the Razer Phone in correctly, and all the way down, otherwise the USB-C port won't go into the phone correctly.

The idea of smartphone-powered laptop is nothing new as there were so many such implementations over the years.

It comprises a backlit keyboard, with Razer Chroma coloured LEDs, and a 13.3-inch 120Hz Quad HD display.

The laptop will seamlessly dock the Razer Phone inside the chassis (where you'd normally find the touchpad) and will use the phones 8gb of RAM to run the computer. It's useless on its own, but you can plop your Razer smartphone right below the keyboard and access your device on a larger screen with a full keyboard and mouse support, albeit still running Android. Linda is a hybrid laptop dock for the Razer Phone. But it's like using a Chromebook nearly, but with plenty more power than most Chromebooks.

That said, Razer's intent is to provide "enhanced productivity and differentiated gaming experiences" with Project Linda. There's no word on pricing or availability, or even whether Razer actually will turn the concept into a real product. The laptop also includes 200GB of supplemental storage, a 3.5mm audio jack, a USB Type-A port, a USB Type-C charging port, a 720p webcam and a dual-array microphone.

For more information on Razer's Project Linda concept and to register for announcements, visit razerzone.com/projectlinda.