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Best of CES 2018: Razer’s Project Linda Turns Heads Razer combines two different technologies into one product

CES 2018 has seen some amazing new devices in technology, ranging from foldable OLED TV‘s to self-driving delivery vehicles. For the past 50 years, the Las Vegas technology convention has shown the world new innovations in technology, giving the world a glimpse of things to come in the new year.

Razer released its flagship smartphone in late 2017, the Razer Phone, to compete with Google and Samsung in the Android market. An overall stunning device aimed at mobile gaming, the powerful phone is packed with top of the line specs, including 8 GB of Ram and a 4,000 mAh battery.

But Razer is still shifting gears with a new laptop called “Project Linda“, a device that uses the Razer Phone and converts its hardware into a laptop. In fact, the laptop only includes a battery and some extra storage. What you see and do on your laptop’s display is completely running off the hardware on the phone.

To get Project Linda running, users must insert the Razer Phone in the empty slot, and press a button that actives a USB-C port extending into the phone. Once there, the user can use the phone to run apps on the laptop display, play games, or as a trackpad to navigate the web.

Project Linda does not have speakers, utilizing the stereo speakers on the Razer Phone for sound. The phone also charges while docked to the laptop. Currently, users may not run two different apps on the phone and the laptop display simultaneously, but it is important to note that this product is still a prototype.

Project Linda represents a new direction that mobile computing can go. For years, smartphones have become part of who we are as people: a representation and extension of the things we like, the places we go, and what we read and watch in our spare time. Project Linda takes that idea a step further and asks, “Shouldn’t our laptops do the same?”

The ability to combine the functionality of a phone and a laptop would allow its users to keep a uniform file of their photos, documents, storage, and social media pages. In a world where new technology is exciting, the transition and fear of using these new technologies that step away from our comfort zone is another challenge.

Combining how consumers use different devices into one unit is the future. However, it is important to stay cautious. Razer has released prototypes at CES in the past, and those devices didn’t make it to market. Regardless, this prototype represents something more: a new way of holding your identity on two devices.

Exsar Arguello

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