Razer's new Project Linda is a phone-laptop hybrid

Posted January 10, 2018

"We engineered the Razer Phone to handle HDR video and sound like no other phone on the market", says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. The concept vision also includes a 53.6 Wh internal battery in the laptop which can be used to charge the Razer Phone to full capacity up to three times when it's away from its standard charger.

While not a laptop without the phone, the chassis's keyboard does offer Razer's Chroma backlighting and customization settings. Now, the company wants to take this experience one step further by allowing you to use it as a laptop.

Razer Project Linda is just a concept at present, but given enough enthusiasm from Razer Phone owners could see the light of day at some point.

An HDR-10 enabled display and Dobly-optimized speakers are only a small part of what the Razer Phone can do.

We've seen many previous attempts at this kind of phones-powering-computers tech of course, but Project Linda stands out in terms of both its unique control system, and in giving off the impression that it actually might work. Power isn't a issue so much any more; rather, it's a question of making the software work correctly, and ensuring a consistent experience across a phone and a laptop.

Razer's new Project Linda is a phone-laptop hybrid
Razer's new Project Linda is a phone-laptop hybrid

Razer has announced a few new PC peripherals at CES 2018 this week, but the one that really caught our attention was Project Linda. The 13.3-inch quad-HD display has the same high 120Hz refresh rate as the Razer Phone. You'll also be able to use the phone as either a touchpad or a second screen.

We're accustomed to Razer's annual fun, brash CES prototypes turn into vaporware, and sometimes what the company shows us are barely functioning prototypes.

The Razer Phone will be the first smartphone to support premium audio and video formats for Netflix. This notebook has a 3.5-millimeter audio jack, a single USB-A port, a USB-C charging port, dual-array microphone, and a 720p webcam. Don't get too excited, it is not a commercial product yet, Razer is unveiling it as a concept.

Existing Razer Phone users will also benefit from the Netflix and Razer partnership with an over-the-air update later this month.