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Yearly, PC maker Razer offers considered one of CES’s large highlights by showcasing a number of ingenious idea items. These have ranged from modular desktops to triple-screen laptops, and whereas most of those won’t ever transfer previous the prototype stage, it is nonetheless enjoyable to see folks considering innovatively about how you can break away from conventional designs.

This 12 months’s idea piece is known as Venture Linda (the corporate insists its code-names all have important which means, however will not say precisely what that’s). It is a familiar-looking 13-inch laptop computer, the truth is it is almost similar to the present Razer Blade Stealth ($1,289.00 at Amazon.com), considered one of our favourite slim 13-inch programs. However as an alternative of a conventional Intel-inside PC, that is powered by the corporate’s personal Razer Cellphone, an Android system with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU (which makes it just like the primary wave of Snapdragon-powered laptops from HP, Lenovo and others).

However somewhat than simply sticking a smartphone processor in a laptop computer, Venture Linda goals to blur the road between telephone and laptop computer design by integrating the 2 collectively. The laptop computer half has a big, empty dock the place the touchpad would usually be. It is precisely the precise dimension to drop in a Razer Cellphone, the just lately launched high-end 5.7 system that is gotten glorious critiques, particularly for its easy 120Hz display screen.

From there, you need to use the telephone display screen as a touchpad, or as a second display screen (and generally each on the similar time).

“Venture Linda combines the very best of each worlds,” mentioned Razer co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan, “bringing a bigger display screen and bodily keyboard to the Android atmosphere, enhancing the expertise for gaming and productiveness.”

The laptop computer itself has a full-size Razer Chroma keyboard, with the identical multi-million-color set of backlighting choices, plus some keyboard format tweaks specifically for Android. Just like the Razer Blade Stealth it is modeled on, it is a unibody aluminum chassis, and Razer says it weighs just below three kilos, together with the telephone. The 13.Three-inch quad-HD show has the identical excessive 120Hz refresh charge because the Razer Cellphone.

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Whereas the Razer Cellphone offers the brains of the system, from the processor to the RAM to the working system and apps, there are a few extras constructed into the laptop computer dock. First is a 53.6Wh battery to enhance the one within the telephone, and second is 200GB of additional exterior storage. There’s additionally an assortment of anticipated laptop computer options, like a 720p webcam, audio jack and USB-A and USB-C ports.

The “laptop computer dock for the telephone” idea has been tried earlier than, principally unsuccessfully, however the time could also be proper now, with extra highly effective telephones and a much bigger number of Android apps which can be particularly formatted for bigger screens (which you’ll see in motion through gadgets just like the Samsung Dex or new Chromebooks with Google Play retailer assist).

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Proper now, Razer says the idea is locked to the Razer Cellphone particularly, however there is not any purpose different smartphones could not hypothetically be utilized in the identical means, not less than so long as they match into the touchpad slot on the wrist relaxation.

After all, earlier than you get too excited, like virtually all of Razer’s imaginative ideas, there’s not even a touch of when this may be available for purchase, or for the way a lot. 

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