NexPhone - a device that is also your tablet, laptop or PC

NexPhone - a device that is also your tablet, laptop or PC
A concept brewing at a Bay Area start up called NexCrea uses Ubuntu for Android software to round out the intended experience of a one-device-for-all.

The idea is counter to the notion of syncing multiple devices via the cloud. Instead, the handheld device is the engine behind all form factors. Need a laptop? Use the NEX series laptop dock, NEXLAPTOP. Want to bring a tablet along for the trip? Try the NEXTABLET. Settling in at home in the den? Place the handheld on the NEXMONITOR.

There are no specifications on the device, but we expect that for it to be commercially feasible, it would have to pack some leading edge hardware, be highly battery efficient and have a lot of memory. If they pull it off, the NexPhone concept does have merit. NexCrea is positioned to use crowdfunding to bring the concept to fruition. If funding goals are reached, they say NexPhone will be available to consumers in 2013.

Does this idea appeal to you as an all-in-one versus having to rely on the cloud for syncing everything between devices? Or, maybe this will shift the dynamic on how cloud computing might be used – needing the cloud to back-up and service only one device entirely. Check out the concept in the video below and tell us what you think of the idea.

source: NexCrea


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55 Comments

1. cncrim

Posts: 1586; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

nice comcept, still couple years away from reality.

25. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Years? They could do this now... It's in Beta, but someone has to come out with the hardware.

30. TROLL-ISAHA

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 19, 2012

this should be equipped with: A15 Exynos Quad-core, running at 3.0Ghz, may-be with PowerVr Rouge with Quad-core graphics, or mali T654 Quad-core, along with 4Gb Ram.......etc.....

44. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

and that will still be weaker then a i3 labtop with window. It all about productivity. And android even with Ubuntu would still be too underpower for real work.

51. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

It seriously doubt that. In some ways, even the Tegra 3 is comparable to core 2 duo. http://www.brightsideofnews.com/news/2011/2/21/why-nvidiae28099s-tegra-3-is-faster-than-a-core-2-duo-t7200.aspx Now a 2.5GHz quad core A15 with top of the line rogue GPU and 4g RAM would be from 5-15 times more capable overall. And if done on 20nm I bet it would actually be even more energy efficient. It will be a phenomenal piece of tech. While Intel new generation of core chips will be even more powerful, I assure you that the above specs will be more than fine to run everything you throw at it except for the highest end P.C. games maybe

36. MeoCao unregistered

Oh my, I'd like to buy one. but Ubuntu is CISC so ARM can't handle it while PC CPUs are very power hungry. We can use Android and ARM, and then we have PadPhone.

48. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

With Haswell Intel is expecting to drop power usage to 10W from current lowest 17W...ARM chips stay around 2W...lot of catch up Intel has to do on power savings front but better performance will be my choice :)

39. Aeires unregistered

If you're brave, you can do this now. Google it and you'll find a lot of videos using the Motorola Atrix (because of the docking capability) with this setup.

43. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I had this idea years ago. Glad to see others besides ASUS incorporating the idea.

2. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Congrats ASUS, you had a great idea. I think all this is a little ahead of the times though. The processor/GPU in our phones isn't powerful enough yet to really run everything.

26. JonBjSig

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

It's not ahead of the times at all, even the Galaxy Nexus which is almost a year old has better specs than many netbooks, it won't run everything but this is meant to be a cheap alternative for people who need all those options but either can't or don't want to pay for a Desktop PC, laptop, tablet and phone, it's not meant for power users.

53. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I guess that's another way to look at it. I didn't see any specs listed.

3. joseg81

Posts: 204; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

i would definitely buy something like that. only problem is the tablet and laptop look like they need some work. i'd be afraid my phone would drop off the back of it. other than that i like it. i hope we see it sooner rather than later.

4. smdeezy

Posts: 66; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

I like the idea. Can't wait to see if it becomes reality!

5. crankyd00d

Posts: 191; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Hopefully they will do better than Motorola...

6. VebbX

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

I could be made today, but it would be laggy, as previously said, the gpu/cpu (apu) aren't powerful enough yet. You make the screen picture and other functionalists get synced over wifi, and then you'll have induction for charging and magnets to keep the phone in place.

7. doejon

Posts: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

nice concepts but these ideas are old..

9. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

So is the concept of real space travel.

8. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

This is real innovation. Apple take note.

10. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

This exists now. Its called a Galaxy Note

16. sbr999

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

I have a Galaxy Note and I don't quite agree with what you said there.

52. cheeseaddict

Posts: 49; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

another samsung fanbot who worships it as the best

18. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Well, the Galaxy Note isn't readily available to be attached to a tablet, laptop, and desktop. And I doubt the Note has the power to do all of the tasks the average desktop would do; a tablet, yes; laptop, maybe; desktop, no way. So... Yeah.

11. TheRetroReplay

Posts: 256; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

It's a good idea, but its going to need some powerful specs and lots of memory space for everything if it wants to compete with actual computers.

12. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I think it need Windows 8, but not Android.

14. RapidCat

Posts: 351; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

it use ubuntu in laptop and pc mode

24. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

And it still need Windows OS, because it is more popular. ;)

42. MeoCao unregistered

Nothing can replace Windows, at least not in near future. But Ubuntu is Linux based so it can take advantage of Android ecosystem, Linux weakest link. So who knows.

13. tgtftw

Posts: 31; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

With the introduction of quadcores and ram getting higher capacities, a device of this nature could be possible by the end of next year at least for the average consumer. Now something to cater to the power users crowd, highly doubtful, at least for a few more years anyway.

15. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Whoa... So, we would need full desktop PC specs on our phones in order to fulfill this concept completely. So... Intel i5 processor and 4 or 6 GB RAM I think would be an every day computing standard. And have it enabled to dock into tablet, laptop, and desktop docks. Intel i5 and 6 GB RAM on a phone... How much battery would we need in order to get 12 hours of use from it? The tablet and laptop docks I'm not so worried about, because those would have an extra battery built into it, and the desktop dock would be connected to an outlet for its power.

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