Razer, known for its gaming hardware, has introduced a new concept to coincide with their debut 120hz display Razer Phone called Project Linda, which docks the phone and extends it as a full laptop. Announced at CES 2018, the smartphone functions as the brains of the concept laptop once it docks into the USB-C port, but it also repurposes its screen as the trackpad, a previously unseen integration.
The Razer Phone’s fingerprint sensor serves as the power button and utilizes its stereo speaker as opposed to the Project Linda hardware. The hardware only provides 200GB of extra storage space and extra batteries, allowing the phone to charge while docked. Most apps run like an Android tablet and aren’t optimized for the hardware since its just a concept. In fact, the display can only mirror what’s on the phone with hopes to allow dual screens, something Razer looks to amend. It’s unlikely we’ll ever see this concept come to fruition though, given the company’s track record introducing new tech at CES.
However, the longevity of its flagship is at the forefront of Razer’s priorities, as its next update will allow for HDR video support and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound for the Netflix app. This will make the Razer Phone the first mobile device to support both of these audio and video formats in Netflix. In addition, the update will include firmware improvements for the phone’s display and sound system, allowing the latter to utilize Dolby Digital sound on its speakers as well as THX-certified headphones. Expect this update later this month.
- The Verge