Razer’s project Linda is the Frankenstein's monster of laptops
Razer revealed “Project Linda,” a 13.3-inch laptop design powered by the Android-based Razer Phone.
Project Linda is a concept that aims to blur the lines between the smartphone and the laptop.
Razer’s Project Linda laptop docks the Razer Phone inside its chassis where a touchpad would normally reside and connects with the press of a button.
The phone’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile platform and 8 GB of RAM deliver responsive performance, instantly transforming Project Linda into an Android laptop.
The Razer Phone 5.7-inch display can be used as a touchpad, or as a second screen for access to apps, tools, and more.
Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan says, “Android power users and laptop enthusiasts share a need for performance in a mobile form factor, which we provide with our award-winning Razer Phone and Razer laptops.
“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.”
A full-size, built-in keyboard adds to the capabilities of Project Linda, providing enhanced productivity and differentiated gaming experiences.
The Razer Chroma backlighting is ideal for low-light situations and can also be personalised with millions of colour options.
A user may complete the laptop input experience by using the docked phone as a touchpad, or a mouse may be connected for precision control in games and apps.
Designed for mobility, the unibody CNC aluminium chassis of Razer Project Linda is just 0.59-inch (15 mm) thin and weighs three pounds (1.25 kg) including the docked phone.
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.
The concept also features a 53.6 Wh internal battery that can rapidly charge the docked phone to full capacity over three times while away from AC power.
Inside the laptop is 200 GB of storage, allowing for offline backups and additional local media and app storage.
Connectivity afforded via Project Linda includes a built-in 3.5mm audio jack, a USB-A port, a USB-C charging port, 720p webcam, and a dual-array microphone, giving a range of options for communication and external devices.
Project Linda aims to bridge the gap between handheld entertainment and laptop convenience.
The only question I’m left with is why?
I for one can't help but feel like this project is a bit of extra justification for the Razor phone’s shortcomings and existence.