When the phone has been docked, you can start using the display as a touchpad, which is a great feature and because the display size is already big, the trackpad area can be equivalent to a 2016 or 2017 MacBook Pro notebook's overly sized trackpad.
Razer revealed Project Linda at the Consumer Electronics Show this week. The phone acts as the 3-pound computer's brain, which is fine because it has a fast Snapdragon 835 processor and 8GB of RAM inside. Pressing a button on Project Linda's keyboard prompts a USB-C connector to pop out of the touchpad-shaped cutout in the laptop's base, which connects the phone to the system.
Razer didn't announce a price point or release date for Project Linda, but I do hope that it actually launches at some point, since it's one of the more interesting concepts we've seen out of the company. The 5.7-inch glass display on the Razer Phone becomes the combined device's trackpad and its front-facing Dolby speakers provide sound.
"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".
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The idea of using a phone to power a laptop isn't entirely new; Motorola gave it a shot back in 2011 with the Laptop Dock for the Atrix 4G. The Razer Phone powers the laptop, while the laptop brings the keyboard, an extra battery, and a 13.3 inch HD touchscreen.
Razer's prototypes are once again making headlines at CES. The phone docks in the laptop shell where you'd normally find the touchpad, and the screen then works as a touchpad, or a second monitor for gaming. Naturally, this dock has been designed exclusively with the Razer Phone in mind, though support for other phones is possible according to the company. Now this is Razer, so Chroma is included.
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