CES 2018: Razer’s Project Linda can make Android gaming more fun
Razer is trying to make the Razer Phone look more appealing to buyers. At the CES 2018 in Las Vegas, Razer showcased a laptop dock with a 13-inch screen, called Project Linda. It is inspired by Asus’s Transformer Book V convertibles, which allowed users to slide in their Asus smartphone into the notebook dock and mirror the smartphone’s Android interface on a bigger screen. Unlike the Asus convertibles which also provided the option to run Windows OS separately, Project Linda works by opening the same Android 7.1 interface in landscape mode when the Razer Phone is docked in. The dock is built in the space allocated for trackpads, which means the Razer phone’s 5.7-inch screen will serve as the trackpad. This will be an entirely new experience for users as the usual trackpads are less glossy and made of metal or plastic.
Project Linda allows users to play the same Android games they play on the smartphone on a bigger 13.3-inch Quad HD (2,560x1,440p) screen and at the same refresh rate of 120Hz.
With a full-fledged keyboard at disposal and the option to connect a mouse over Bluetooth or using the USB 2.0 or USB Type-C connector, users can use Project Linda for gaming as well as work. This will restrict options for users as most Android games are usually designed for touch input and will require some tweak from developers for a scenario involving a mouse and keyboard.
The keyboard base doesn’t have any processing hardware of its own. So besides the keyboard and dock, it offers 200GB of additional storage and built-in power bank which can charge Razer Phone’s 4,000mAh battery up to three times. The Razer Phone runs on Qualcomm’s powerful Snapdragon 835 processor with 8GB RAM, which is more than adequate for any game available on the Android platform. The processor has been used in some ultra-thin Windows notebooks such as Asus NovaGo and Lenovo Miix 630 as well.
In terms of design, Project Linda has a lot in common with the Razer Blade gaming notebook. It has a similar aluminium chassis, backlit keyboard and Razer logo at the back which glows when the notebook is on.
For audio output, users will have to rely on Razer Phone’s dual front firing speakers. Even with the smartphone docked in, it weighs just 1.25kg, which is at par with most ultra-thin notebooks with a 13-inch screen.
Project Linda is still a concept, and won’t be available in the market soon.