The Mirabook is a shell of a laptop that can be powered by your Galaxy S8, Windows 10 Mobile, or Huawei Mate 10


Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile may not be doing extremely well, but it has a small community of devout fans. The company managed to attract a lot of them with the productivity capabilities of its Lumia devices — the Continuum feature, for example, was an awesome jump forward for the mobile world when it was introduced in 2015.

Quick reminder — Continuum is the feature, which lets you plug a monitor, keyboard, and mouse to your phone and use it as you would use a desktop PC, albeit limited to Windows native apps. This may sound familiar to Samsung's DeX and Huawei's latest EMUI Desktop mode for the Mate 10.

To use your phone in desktop mode, you need the appropriate dock — the Microsoft Display Dock for the Lumias, the Samsung DeX station for the Galaxy S8 or Note 8, or a simple USB-C to HDMI adaptor for the Mate 10. But you do also need a monitor, keyboard, and mouse, which can be a pain to lug around, right?

Well, company Miraxess came up with the cool idea to make a laptop that is dedicated to being a dock for your phone, nothing more. The Mirabook is pretty much a shell that offers a battery, keyboard, mousepad, 13.3" 1920 x 1080 screen, two USB Type-C ports and two USB 3.0 ones, an HDMI port, an audio jack, and an SD card reader. It houses an extendable dock, which you need to plug your phone into. The company calls this concept a "lapdock".

The Mirabook costs $249 and is compatible with the Lumia 950 and 950 XL, Acer Liquid Jade, HP Elite X3, Alcatel Idol pro 4, Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note 8, as well as the Huawei Mate 10. It's currently only available for pre-order and will, unfortunately, be ready to ship way in May of 2018, so... yeah.


source: Mirabook via TechRadar

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14 Comments

1. torr310

Posts: 1645; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

At that time, some companies will have clones before them!

12. Miraxess

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 13, 2017

We won't be cloned because our project is almost complete! For instance, Samsung won't "copy" the Mirabook because we are already working closely with the DeX team.

13. Highside

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 31, 2017

How do you think you compare to the SUPERBOOK ? I supported them on Kickstarter. ( I am NOT a fan of their management team so far. )

2. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Awesome, this could be a full Linux Laptop via Linux on Galaxy. Albeit, doesn't look well suited for use on the lap...if only the docking cord could be mounted to the back of the screen.

6. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

To build whole laptop shell for this is a waste Better if Samsung make those foldable thin displays. Just to connect them to the phones with battery powered dock. Many sizes of choice. And use the phone as a keyboard.

3. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Lol.... "the company calls this concept a lapdock"... ask Motorola what did they called theirs back in 2010

9. Miraxess

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 13, 2017

Hello buccob, We never stated anything about this concept. In fact, the Motorola lapdock is why we started our project because we loved it! Our CEO even used it while he was studying so we have a great respect for this work. We simply think Motorola was a bit ahead of its time and started it too early. Now, our smartphones are powerful enough to enter the "superphone" revolution and replace all our devices.

4. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3123; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Motorola Lapdocks work great with Continuum and are much better and cheaper. There was the Superbook from a few years ago and those were garbage-ish. You could also hunt for an HP x3 lapdock for a reasonable price and those are built very well.

10. Miraxess

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 13, 2017

Hello Crispin_Gatieza, In 2010, the Motorola lapdock costed $500 so it wasn't much cheaper. Moreover, it is not compatible with as many devices than our Mirabook and that's fully understanble since it was released 7 years ago! We already met the Superbook team and we have a different vision about our products. We chose quality over quantity and that's why our product got better specs and is compatible with Android but that's another question. Once more, HP x3 lapdock costs $599 so I am not sure it is that reasonable compared to our Mirabook.

14. Highside

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 31, 2017

Superbook IS compatible with Android. I backed them on Kickstarter.

5. KingSam

Posts: 1425; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Its a great idea but why not just make any type c port compatible. The dock part is hideous.

11. Miraxess

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 13, 2017

Hello King Sam, As we mentionned earlier, we chose quality over quantity, that's why we are DiasplayPort compatible for now. It is the best A/V protocol to be carried over USB-C. And we are still thinking we made the right choice considering Samsung and Huawei (but not only them) are working with it. You can obviously discuss the design of our product but we put a lot of effort and time into our project to make our best. If you have any question or just want to discuss about it, feel free to contact us via email or to come say "hi!" on the chat!

7. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

thats awesome but you can pretty much buy a laptop for 250

8. ahmadkun

Posts: 563; Member since: May 02, 2016

wow.. this is looks really next level ..

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