Razer's New Laptop Uses Their Upcoming Phone To Power It

Posted January 10, 2018

Future Razer phones will come pre-loaded with a Netflix app designed specifically for the Razer.

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. The company's rookie Razer Phone is not only getting HDR compatibility for the world's most popular video streaming service, also marking a first for Netflix.

It all looks pretty sexy in the video, but Project Linda isn't an actual product yet.

Razer's Project Linda is essentially a Razer Blade Stealth with a Razer Phone replacing the trackpad and the brains of the laptop. "The Razer Phone's performance, display, and dual front-firing speakers combine seamlessly with Project Linda's larger screen, keyboard, and battery to provide the ultimate mobile hybrid setup for gaming, creativity, and productivity".

So what makes Project Linda different?

Razer's New Laptop Uses Their Upcoming Phone To Power It

The concept of transforming a smartphone into a more traditional computer is nothing new. The integration makes the Razer Phone the first smartphone to support Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 for Netflix. The 13.3-inch display is a Quad HD touchscreen with 120 Hz refresh rate. It's useless on its own, but you can plop your Razer smartphone right below the keyboard and access your device on a larger screen with a full keyboard and mouse support, albeit still running Android. Having spent many trade shows with my laptop tethered to my my phone's mobile connection due to shoddy Wi-Fi, I can certainly see the appeal.

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

Keep in mind that Project Linda is purely a proof of concept; Razer hasn't released any pricing or availability details because they may never bring the device to market. Razer's current prototype is created to fit the company's own smartphone, but since it connects via USB-C, Project Linda could eventually work with any phone that uses such a port, theoretically speaking.

Existing Razer Phone users will also benefit from the Netflix and Razer partnership with an over-the-air update later this month.

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