Razer unveils new ‘Project Linda’ Android-powered laptop

This week at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, Razer unveiled an Android-powered laptop. But there is a twist! 

The Razer laptop device, known by its code-name ‘Project Linda,’ is a hybrid device based around the Razor Phone. The laptop body itself is useless without the Razor Phone, but when the phone is inserted, customers benefit from an Android-powered laptop. Razer’s press release explains that, “The smartphone and laptop hybrid concept harkens a new era for mobile personal computing, blending the familiar Android environment with the ease-of-use of a laptop.”

In order to dock the Razer Phone into the Project Linda laptop device, customers only need to slide the handset into the spot and tap a button. The Razer Phone is based around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset backed up by 8GB of RAM, which should keep the laptop responsive. The phone can either become a second screen or be the touchpad for the laptop. There’s a full-size keyboard complete with Razer Chroma back-lighting. The 13.3-inch display is of a QHD resolution and operates at 120Hz, the same as the Razer Phone. There’s a large battery inside, which can recharge the docked Razer Phone. Also present is over 200GB of storage. As for ports, there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack, single USB Type-A port, and USB Type-C for charging. There’s also a dual-array microphone paired with a 720p resolution webcam. For dimensions, the laptop is 15mm thin and weighs 1.25kg, making it comparable to many other laptops and Chromebooks.

The Project Linda Android-powered laptop is an interesting idea. It’s not the first time a manufacturer has tried using the Android platform in a laptop chassis; HP sold a powerful Android-powered laptop based around the NVIDIA Tegra 4 chipset, together with products from other manufacturers. As a platform, Android’s main weakness is that it is optimized for the smartphone, and this is why we’ve seen Android tablets fall out of favor. It will be interesting to see where Razer takes Project Linda moving forward.

 

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David has been using smartphones since the start of the industry but found his home with Android back in 2011 using an early Dell Stream device. Today, he uses the Nexus 5X and Sony Xperia Z Tablet as primary devices, but you'll also see him with his coffee cup and Chromebook.