Razer's Project Linda Phone-Laptop Hybrid Looks Like a Tough Sell

Razer's Project Linda Phone-Laptop Hybrid Looks Like a Tough Sell

Meanwhile, "all future Razer Phone releases" will come preloaded with the HDR and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1-capable firmware.

The battery bank in the laptop portion of Project Linda can charge the Razer Phone fully three times before an AC adapter needs to be plugged in.

Whether customers agree or not remains to be seen, if and when Project Linda becomes a shipping product.

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. This marks the Razer Phone as the first mobile device to support both of these standards with Netflix, and the 5.1 rating will work with both the external speakers and the included 3.5mm dongle that's THX-certified. Now Razer did mention that if you put the Phone in backwards and try to dock it, Project Linda will still push out the USB-C port.

Most apps run in tablet mode and will certainly take some optimizing but the main goal of Project Linda is to extend the gaming aspect from the phone to a bigger screen. It connects with the smartphone's USB-C port and allows the Razer Phone to connect to additional accessories, like a hub. The phone itself can then be used as a trackpad if you so desire, or it can be used as a secondary display to launch apps and other items.

Razer's Project Linda Phone-Laptop Hybrid Looks Like a Tough Sell
Razer's Project Linda Phone-Laptop Hybrid Looks Like a Tough Sell

It comprises a backlit keyboard, with Razer Chroma coloured LEDs, and a 13.3-inch 120Hz Quad HD display. Since the laptop contains its own battery, it charges the phone while in use. The Razer Phone goes right up front and is installed where the trackpad would normally be on a laptop.

When docked, the interface switches to a more traditional laptop-style one, complete with a taskbar.

We always ask about pricing when we see new products, and Razer's answers are nearly invariably unsatisfying-either "we don't know yet" or a number that's eyebrow-raisingly high.

Razer has announced a new software update will begin rolling out later this month to the Razer Phone that will let users take full advantage of the media-consuming technology onboard.

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