The idea of turning a smartphone into a productivity computer is not exactly new, companies like Motorola, ASUS and Samsung offering different approaches to this concept. Razer thinks he has a better solution, turning one of the Razer Blade Stealth laptops into a Razer Phone dock. The results are impressive, but the dock currently featured as "Project Linda" is just a prototype with no details of a possible launch on the market.
Project Linda is the "impressive" project that Razer presents at CES. The company used to come up with unique designs at the Las Vegas show, last year with a three-display laptop, a desktop PC based on modular components, a tablet with gaming joysticks, or even a laptop with Integrated LCDs in tasat.
Considering that Razer Phone is a powerful enough smartphone to facilitate acceptable performance in a desktop environment, Razer believes that a 13 "standard laptop dock would be a more elegant solution than a Samsung desktop dock DeX. The laptop comes with a QHD display at 120 Hz and a full LED backlit RGB keyboard compatible with the Chroma proprietary system, including a USB Type-A, a USB Type-C and a headphone jack, as well as a space where the phone can be seated.
Once the Razer Phone is connected, your laptop comes alive. The screen lights up and displays an Android version adapted to a desktop screen with a similar interface to Windows 10. The keyboard lights up and on the phone screen we can see various contextual information, depending on the application you are using. The phone screen also serves as a trackpad, and there is a loading solution throughout the docking. Last but not least, the dock includes 200 GB of storage space.
While we do not know how much a Project Linda dock will cost, if it is launched, it's probably the hundreds of dollars, considering the 13.3 "screen, the illuminated keypad and the construction of aluminum. But we are certainly talking about a battery of its own, an element that also adds extra production costs.
Perhaps the biggest challenge for Razer will be to persuade software developers to support this device, requiring the interface to be adapted to a desktop environment for applications and games. Last but not least, it is also questionable that it can be used with a single phone, which is currently not very popular and does not offer too high a photo performance. At the same time, this dock is only compatible with the first Razer Phone model. If the company changes the design for the Razer Phone 2, it would not take place in the very fixed space in the dock.
Razer is used to come up with crazy devices at CES, but Project Linda seems to be one that is actually on the market with its smartphone. But it will be very important that Razer achieves an attractive price and strategic partnerships with application developers if it really will launch a device based on Project Linda