Razer Phone First Smartphone Offering HDR and Dolby 5.1 for Netflix


Unlike the two stolen prototypes from CES 2017, Project Linda is a dumb device.

Last year, Razer brought a three-screen laptop, which blew the appropriate number of minds.

The "laptop dock for the phone" concept has been tried before, mostly unsuccessfully, but the time may be right now, with more powerful phones and a bigger selection of Android apps that are specifically formatted for larger screens (which you can see in action via devices like the Samsung Dex or new Chromebooks with Google Play store support). Also, remember the Motorola Atrix Lapdock? Hit up the project's official web page for more information. You can also connect a wireless or wired mouse to the device for full Android gaming. 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.

Project Linda is only in the conceptual stage at the moment, something for Razer to show off at CES 2018 in hopes of scoring another Best Of award. You'll also find 200GB of extra storage which Razer sees as either being used as an offline backup of your phone's memory, or as a way to offload larger video and image files, or for apps that only need to be used with the phone docked. Immersive audio is delivered through the front-firing speakers of the Razer Phone or enjoyed with a set of headphones connected to the 3.5mm jack. In some games, the Razer Phone's display could act as a second display for managing your character's gear and options.

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Project Linda features a built-in power bank that quickly charges the Razer Phone while docked.

The laptop shell is based on Razer's popular Blade Stealth laptop, and from the outside, it looks perfectly ordinary: black aluminium construction, 2560×1440 120Hz 13-inch LCD, full-sized keyboard with RGB lighting, and the usual USB-C and USB-A ports.

If there was any doubt over whether or not Razer was taking smartphones seriously, I think today should clear that all up. Hopefully it'll spur other manufacturers to start thinking about their phones in a similar way, especially as - for a lot of people - a smartphone is their only connection to the internet.