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

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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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posted on 10 Sep 2012, 15:38 8

1. cncrim (Posts: 898; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)

nice comcept, still couple years away from reality.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 17:05 1

25. Pings (Posts: 304; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

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

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 17:28 4

30. TROLL-ISAHA (Posts: 6; Member since: 19 Jul 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.....

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 21:08 4

44. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 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.

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 03:53

51. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

It seriously doubt that.
In some ways, even the Tegra 3 is comparable to core 2 duo.


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

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 17:59 1

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.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 23:43 2

48. jove39 (Posts: 1964; Member since: 18 Oct 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 :)

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 18:52 2

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.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 20:58 1

43. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

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

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 15:46 3

2. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1034; Member since: 10 Feb 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.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 17:13 1

26. JonBjSig (Posts: 176; Member since: 17 Nov 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.

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 08:02

53. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1034; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

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

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 15:48

3. joseg81 (Posts: 199; Member since: 15 Jul 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.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 15:54 3

4. smdeezy (Posts: 66; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)

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

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 15:56 2

5. crankyd00d (Posts: 191; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Hopefully they will do better than Motorola...

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 16:07

6. VebbX (Posts: 41; Member since: 26 Feb 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.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 16:11

7. doejon (Posts: 405; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)

nice concepts but these ideas are old..

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 16:16 2

9. xtroid2k (Posts: 529; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)

So is the concept of real space travel.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 16:12 5

8. xtroid2k (Posts: 529; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)

This is real innovation. Apple take note.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 16:23

10. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 549; Member since: 20 May 2012)

This exists now. Its called a Galaxy Note

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 16:50 4

16. sbr999 (Posts: 79; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)

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

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 05:27

52. cheeseaddict (Posts: 49; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)

another samsung fanbot who worships it as the best

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 16:54 4

18. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 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.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 16:28 1

11. TheRetroReplay (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Mar 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.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 16:31 1

12. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

I think it need Windows 8, but not Android.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 16:44 1

14. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)

it use ubuntu in laptop and pc mode

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 17:04 1

24. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

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

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 19:47

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.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 16:32 2

13. tgtftw (Posts: 31; Member since: 23 Aug 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.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 16:49

15. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 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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