Smartphones are amazing pieces of engineering. They have the processing power of a desktop computer from a few years ago, they are incredibly energy-efficient, they are flexible, lightweight, and ultra-portable – they literally fit in your pocket. They would be the perfect tool to work away from your desk if it wasn’t for a handful of major shortcomings that make them unfit for such a task: their lack of a keyboard (the on-screen one doesn’t count), mouse, and a large display. But there are ways that can help them overcome these shortcomings, making not only work but Betway casino online betting and a better way to consume media away from home a possibility.
There are a handful of products under development that might help you turn your smartphone into a fully-fledged laptop. And while none of these solutions are actually available for purchase right now, they are promising technologies that will hopefully emerge on the shelves of the stores soon.
Making a better use of your smartphone’s capabilities has been in the works for years. It all started with Microsoft releasing Continuum, an adapter that could turn compatible Windows 10 smartphones into desktop computers by connecting them to big screens, keyboards, and mice. Continuum died along with Microsoft’s mobile dreams but this didn’t stop the idea from continuing to grow. Samsung released a similar piece of tech called the DeX last year, coupled with its Galaxy S8/Note 8 line, and seems to continue to support it – a second-generation DeX was launched alongside with Samsung’s Galaxy S9 earlier this year. Huawei also released its own take on the issue, including “PC Mode” into its new EMUI 8.1 user interface. But these can only turn smartphones into desktop computers – and while it is exciting, it takes the mobility out of the equation.
But in the meantime, exciting projects have emerged promising to turn smartphones into laptops. All of them are still in the works today – none of the products are actually available for purchase – but they are promising enough for you to keep an eye on them.
One of the most advanced such projects is Miraxess’ Mirabook, initially built to turn Continuum phones into laptops but later extended to support not only certain Android phones but the Raspberry Pi and Intel ComputeStick, too. The Mirabook will have a 13.3″ 1080p screen, a battery pack offering it up to 10 hours of battery life, and all the ports a laptop might need. It can be pre-ordered for $299.
Sentio’s Superbook is a more affordable solution that will work with pretty much any Android phone with USB-OTG support and at least Android 5.0 into a laptop. The Superbook’s screen will be smaller (11.6″) and its battery life will also be shorter (up to 8 hours) but once released, it will support a wider range of smartphones than the above solution. According to the product’s Kickstarter page, the Superbook is in the works and should ship to the first backers soon (even though there are many setbacks, as announced by the developers). Once released, it will cost around $149.
Last but not least, let us mention Razer’s take on the matter. At this year’s CES, Razer presented Project Linda, a laptop shell that will likely transform the Razer Phone into a portable gaming rig. While there is no word on when (if ever) it will turn into an actual product, rumors speak of the manufacturer planning to release it this holiday season along with the second edition of the Razer Phone. It will have a 13.3″ screen, a backlit keyboard, and it will use the phone as a trackpad or a second display. There is no word out on how much it might cost.
There are people working on breaking down the barrier between smartphones and desktop/portable computers as we speak. Soon enough, the smartphone might become the only computer we need – literally.