CES 2018: Is Razor’s Project Linda another show stunt or has a definite future

If you are still looking for a solid reason to invest in the new Razor Phone, the company might just have come up with one. It is Project Linda that Razer is showcasing at the ongoing CES event though the concept, that of powering an entire laptop sort of device using a smartphone isn’t anything new.

There are some cool touches evident though; like the Razer Phone snugly fits into a section of the laptop where you would usually find the trackpad. That again is a deliberate move as the idea here is to make the Phone’s display itself to act as the trackpad.

That is not all as other aspects of the Phone too play crucial roles in the working of the laptop. Those include the power button of the phone as the laptop itself lacks any button as such. In fact, even the Android navigation button has a role to play in the greater scheme of things. The same applies to the speakers on the Razer Phone as the laptop lacks that as well.

Fortunately, the laptop does come with a battery of its own so that the Phone does not get drained as it powers the laptop. Rather, the Phone gets charged for the entire duration it is docked with the laptop. The hardware also comes with its own 200 GB of storage as well.

The entire communication between the Phone and the laptop happens via the USB-C port. All that users need to do is place the Phone in the slot provided for it in the keypad and press a specific button. This will launch the USB-C port into the corresponding slot for the same on the Phone.

As for its functioning, the entire setup would mimic an Android tablet with a keyboard attached to it. And it is here that sort of betrays the whole purpose of the setup given the sorry state of affairs of the tablet segment as a whole and Android powered ones in particular. Razer too is notorious for launching interesting prototypes that last for the duration of the CES, rarely ever finding mention once the show is over.

That itself had led many to doubt if Project Linda is another such CES hype making stunt. The outcome of past such projects too isn’t likely to help the cause of Project Linda. In the past we have seen companies like Motorola or Samsung launch similar efforts in the form of the Atrix or DeX dock respectively. None have managed to make much of a mark. Under the circumstances, will Project Linda survive is something that remains to be seen.

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