Razer Project Linda turns your Razer Phone into an Android laptop

Angelica Greene
January 10, 2018

The concept vision also includes a 53.6 Wh internal battery in the laptop which can be used to charge the Razer Phone to full capacity up to three times when it's away from its standard charger.

But on the specs side, things are far more sparse, because this laptop is powered by the Razer Phone, a 6-inch Android device that's powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset.

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The laptop will seamlessly dock the Razer Phone inside the chassis (where you'd normally find the touchpad) and will use the phones 8gb of RAM to run the computer. Say hello to Project Linda, a prototype created to turn the Razer Phone into a full-fledged Android notebook. Although Razer says it's going to optimise audio output when docked, it already sounds pretty solid as a means of delivering laptop-quality sound. You'll also be able to use the phone as either a touchpad or a second screen. According to Razer's official CES 2018 press release, that sound designation is "typically reserved for high-end entertainment systems and PCs", exploiting five full-bandwidth channels and one low-frequency effects channel.

Razer has plans to keep advancing Project Linda, too. "Project Linda combines the best of both worlds, bringing a larger screen and physical keyboard to the Android environment, enhancing the experience for gaming and productivity". The notebook doesn't have any speakers, instead relying on the front-firing speakers of the Razer Phone. Seeing as it offers offline storage, a powerbank, a keyboard and laptop screen, I can't foresee this being a cheap product, not that Razer produces low-priced devices anyway. It also provides an additional 200GB of storage for files and expands connectivity options with a 3.5mm headphone jack, a USB-A port, a USB-C port, a 720p webcam and dual-array microphones. With this in mind, it should come as no surprise to learn that Razer is looking to do even more with the device. Hopefully it'll spur other manufacturers to start thinking about their phones in a similar way, especially as - for a lot of people - a smartphone is their only connection to the internet.

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