Razer Shows Off Smartphone-Powered Gaming Laptop

by MAC     |     January 9, 2018

Every year at CES Razer shows off a unique new laptop concept and this year is obviously no different. Last year's surprise was Project Valerie, an over-the-top design featuring three 17-inch 4K displays that was obviously never going to become an actual retail product. This year's concept? It may just have a chance of reaching consumers.

Dubbed 'Project Linda', Razer revealed a 13.3-inch hybrid laptop that is powered by the company's own Razer Phone. While this isn't a strictly new idea, this is undoubtedly the sleekest implementation of the idea.

The Razer Phone docks into the laptop where the touchpad would ususually be and connects with the chassis at the push of a button. The chassis itself features a unibody aluminium design that is just 15mm thick and that weighs under three pounds (including the phone). It features a 13.3-inch QHD 2560x1440 resolution touchscreen with a 120Hz refresh rate, same as the Razer Phone. The chassis houses a large 53.6Wh battery from which the phone can draw power instead of burning through its own internal battery. The chassis also houses a 200GB of storage - unknown is a hard drive or solid state drive - that store additional media or simply large mobile games. The full-sized keyboard is backlit and features Razer's Chroma RGB LED lighting, which means a few million colour options.

Connectivity and features are surprisingly decent, with a USB Type-A port, a USB Type-C charging port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a 720p webcam, and a dual-sensor microphone array.

While you might expect performance to be lackuster, the Razer Phone is no lameduck since it features Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon 835 octo-core SoC and 8GB of RAM. When docked, the Razer Phone's 5.7-inch display can be used as a touchpad, or as a second screen for access to apps or manage in-game features.

Overall, this is a pretty sleek and well fleshed-out concept. Now we have to wait and see if it becomes an actual product.

Our full video can be found below as well.


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