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Hands-On With Razer's Project Linda Smartphone Hybrid Concept - CES 2018

10 January 2018

(We can attest to the former; as to the latter, it appears that Razer has already paid close attention to the details.) Simply put, the Razer Phone, like all modern high-end smartphones, packs an impressive amount of horsepower. It has enough power to charge the phone three times over (essentially allowing the laptop to power).

Razer recently showed off its new smartphone as it looks to expand its gaming reputation into more markets.

As this is still very much a proof of concept, there wasn't much that could be used or tested on the Project Linda hardware.

Once docked, the phone will use its Snapdragon 835 chipset and 8GB of RAM to provide a smooth Android experience (with some custom keyboard shortcuts for faster navigation).

Designed for mobility, the unibody CNC aluminum chassis of Razer Project Linda is just 0.59-inch (15 mm) thin and weighs under three pounds (1.25 kg) including the docked phone.

An HDR-10 enabled display and Dobly-optimized speakers are only a small part of what the Razer Phone can do. You have to think about your computing loadout: for many, that consists of a smartphone and a laptop.

Hands-On With Razer's Project Linda Smartphone Hybrid Concept - CES 2018
Hands-On With Razer's Project Linda Smartphone Hybrid Concept - CES 2018

When set up, the Razer Phone acts as a touchpad and even a secondary display for Project Linda.

Its 13.3-inch Quad HD touchscreen extends the 120 Hz experience available on the Razer Phone to a larger display, aiming to provide fluid motion and vibrant visuals.

As our phones get more and more powerful, an increasing number of people have started ditching their laptops. 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. The Razer Phone goes right up front and is installed where the trackpad would normally be on a laptop. There's also an assortment of expected laptop features, like a 720p webcam, audio jack and USB-A and USB-C ports.

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

Razer says it could be the "ultimate mobile hybrid setup for gaming, creativity, and productivity". This is a concept still, but we did get a chance to check out the prototype with Razer this week at CES.


Hands-On With Razer's Project Linda Smartphone Hybrid Concept - CES 2018