Razer’s Project Linda turns the Razer phone into a fully-fledged laptop
Could this be the one device to rule them all?
CES always plays host to a raft of wacky tech that challenges traditional expectations, but today's announcement from Razer at CES 2018 is something else.
Having recently ventured into the smartphone market with the Razer Phone, the gaming-focused hardware manufacturer wants to bring it full circle with Project Linda, a laptop shell that the Razer Phone slots into to become a full-blown laptop. Despite having a keyboard and a 13.3-inch screen, Project Linda has no real smarts inside it – the Razer Phone powers the whole thing with its Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.
What Project Linda lacks in guts it more than makes up for in functionality. Inside the shell lies a 200GB hard drive, a 720p webcam, a dual-array microphone, a USB-A port, a USB-C port and a 3.5mm audio jack. Couple that with the 120Hz display and an internal battery that charges the Razer Phone while it's docked and Project Linda is one feature-packed piece of kit.
As peculiar as it is, Project Linda could be a handy accompaniment for those who don't want to lug around multiple devices while they're on-the-go. Having all your work and entertainment stored on a single device you can use both as a one-handed phone and as a fully-capable laptop is appealing, even if it's locked to the Android operating system.
Currently, Project Linda is just a concept, and it may never see a commercial release. That said, other Razer products began their lives as mere concepts, so there's a good chance Project Linda will make it to market some day.