We have seen a few attempts at using a smartphone to power a PC. Microsoft has Continuum. Samsung has their DeX Station which, similar to Continuum, allows you to turn your phone into a computer using a cable and a dock. Smartphone manufacturer, Razer, has come up with Razer Linda, a laptop with a smartphone dock.
Razer Linda is basically a laptop shell with a screen, keyboard, and giant battery, but with no internal processing power. Yes; no processor, no RAM, no internal storage, no motherboard. Insert a Razer phone in the smartphone dock and the phone handles all the processing.
Sounds like a brilliant idea. Buy a Razer Phone, buy the Razer Linda, and you can use your smartphone as a laptop anytime you want. Just insert the phone in the dock area – situated where a laptop’s touchpad is traditionally located. In use, the smartphone screen becomes the touchpad.
As mentioned earlier, Linda has a giant battery, so your phone undergoes charging while in use as a PC. This smartphone-powered laptop is still a concept, but I can see how it is a much more convenient smartphone-PC solution than Microsoft’s Continuum or Samsung’s DeX.
Meanwhile, there are initiatives to use just the smartphone OS to power a PC. Jide came up with Remix OS to deploy Android OS on PCs. That approach eliminates the smartphone completely and gives you a standalone PC, quite different from the smartphone-as-a-PC solution.
Razer Linda In Demonstration
Here is a demonstration video of Project Razer Linda in use.
Hopefully, Razer will see this beyond concept stage and produce for the market. Continuum requires a desktop. So does DeX. A smartphone-powered laptop like Razer Linda is more portable and convenient to use, requiring no cable or extra dock. This is exactly what the doctor prescribed.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.