Gaming hardware maker Razer showcased its Project Linda prototype and HyperFlux technology at CES 2018. Razer’s signature Project Linda is a 13.3-inch laptop design powered by Razer’s own Android smartphone. The phone and laptop hybrid is aimed to merge the Android environment on something with the hardware of a laptop.
Along with this came the HyperFlux, a truly wireless mouse technology which gets its power generated from the mouse pad. Included in this is a mouse and a compatible mouse pad which allows users to charge the wireless mouse separately.
As explained above in Project Linda, the laptop docks on to the Razer Phone as its body. The phone is enclosed in the area where a touchpad is usually placed. Although the Razer phone does not dock like Samsung’s DeX, it connects with the press of a button and instantly transforms Project Linda into an Android laptop.
Thanks to the smartphone’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC along with 8GB RAM we get to have responsive performance. Also, it can be seen clearly in many demos that Razer has an exciting new product in its Project Linda. In a statement at CES Razer co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan, explained that “Project Linda brings in the best of both worlds as it gives a larger screen and physical keyboard to the Android environment, which no doubt enhanced the experience for gaming and productivity.”
Coming to the specifications, the laptop has a 15mm thin unibody which is made from CNC aluminium chassis and also weighs under 1.25kg which includes the docked phone. The laptop also sports a 13.3-inch Quad HD touchscreen and has a built- keyboard. The 5.7-inch display on the Razer Phone can be multi-tasked as a touchpad, or there is separate functionality for it to act as a second screen to access apps and tools. Inside the laptop keyboard, there is also Razer Chroma backlighting which has the ability to be personalized with various colour options.
The concept laptop has a 53.6Whr internal battery powering the entire setup. It also has the capability to charge the docked phone to full capacity for over three times, Razer says. Inside the laptop you can find upto 200 GB of storage. In terms of connectivity, Project Linda features a built-in 3.5-millimetre audio jack, a USB Type-A port, a USB Type-C charging port, 720p webcam, and a dual-array microphone. As of now, it is unclear when Project Linda will hit the market.
However, one cannot be too sure of Project Linda’s success. The system can only be powered by Razer’s own phone, which are quite limited in number as it is. No pricing details have been announced as such, but we can assume the device to be in the range of $500- $600.