Another year and another CES (Consumer Electronics Show) and it just wouldn’t be CES without an amazing prototype reveal from Razer, simply titled Project Linda. Combining the mobility of a smartphone with the versatility of a laptop, Project Linda is a 13.3 inch Android laptop/smartphone hybrid where your phone docks into the laptop.
Razer are amongst the leading brands for gamers today so it simply makes sense that they would be ahead of the pack when it comes to concept, design and functionality. Whilst this isn’t the first time a company has attempted to combine a smartphone dock with a laptop, what makes Project Linda stand out is its gaming edge.
The smartphone and laptop hybrid concept blends the familiar Android environment with the ease-of-use of a laptop. But don’t be confused in to thinking this is your run of the mill Razer laptop. The device is almost totally dependant on its Razer Android smartphone which itself is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and 8GB of RAM. This is where the true power of Project Linda comes from.
The laptop itself features a built in 3.5mm audio jack, a USB-A port, a USB-C charging port, 720p webcam, 200GB of built-in storage and a dual-array microphone, it also includes a 53.6 wh internal battery that can rapidly charge the docked phone to full capacity over three times while away from AC power.
It is important to note here that you’re unlikely to be using Project Linda for any intensive online gaming, Razer’s intent is to bridge the gap between handheld entertainment and laptop convenience. Aiming to provide a more versatile gaming experience and enhanced productivity for those who spend a lot of time on their phones appears to be the end goal here rather than another mind blowing gaming laptop, and I’m ok with that. In a market that’s already flooded with options for me to game on the go, its nice to see Razer continuing to break away from the pack and attempt something a little different.