Razer Project Linda Converts Powerhouse Razer Phone Into A 13-inch Android Laptop

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Razer has debuted a rather interesting notebook concept at CES 2018 -- one that harks back to similar efforts that we've seen from companies like Hewlett-Packard. Called Protect Linda, the system consists of what is essentially an ultraportable laptop "dock" that by itself is pretty useless. However, once you plug in a Razer Phone, it springs to life as a fully functioning mobile productivity machine.

The laptop includes a 13.3-inch Quad HD display that operates at 120Hz, and features a built-in backlit keyboard that is powered by Razer Chroma technology. Given that the notebook is running Android (thanks to its Razer Phone "brains"), there are Android-specific keys for app selection, voice search, screen capture, navigation, etc.

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Project Linda is constructed of CNC aluminum, and measures just 0.59 inches thick. It features its own built-in power bank for charging the Razer Phone will docked, and it also incorporates an additional 200GB of storage for your apps and games.

But perhaps the most intriguing aspect of Project Linda is that the Razer Phone, when docked, serves as the laptop's touchpad. Or if you prefer, if can be used an interactive secondary touch display, or run a second app in tandem with the 13.3-inch display.

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For those that need a refresher, the Razer Phone features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 8GB of RAM, a 120Hz 5.7-inch QHD display, dual 12MP cameras, and a massive 4000 mAh battery. The smartphone runs Android 7.1.1, but an Oreo update will be available later in Q1. There is no current indication of if Project Linda will turn into a production device, but it definitely has our attention.

If this smartphone + laptop dock concept sounds familiar, HP tried it with the Elite X3 Windows 10 Mobile smartphone and its Lap Dock. Although in HP's case, the Elite X3 used Continuum to give a near-desktop class experience with Windows 10.