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Razer Project Linda hands-on

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Razer had a new contraption to showcase at CES, and it plugs right into its newly-minted phone concept. Or, should we say, the Razer Phone plugs into the so-called Project Linda. It's a laptop shell that utilizes the phone as a touchpad of sorts, docking it neatly below the full-blown keyboard. No, it won't run Crysis, but you can play any Android game on the big, beautiful 13.3 QHD touch display, for that matter.

We played around with the combo at Razer's CES booth, and have to say that it works as advertised, and looks almost identical to the renders, especially the glossy lid back, as the matte keyboard surface had picked up quite a few touching hands already. The process of clicking the phone in is simple, as the USB-C plug goes seamlessly into the port, and the screen immediately transfers to the big one. The keyboard has neat shortcuts for launching various Android functions like search, navigation, voice commands, and so on. It's a Razer Chroma keyboard, too, with the typical multicolor lights below the island-style keys that offer satisfying travel and feedback. 

The best part - the Linda shell has a built-in battery that can recharge the phone while it's housed in the touchpad slot, and adds 200 GB of storage to the Razer Phone's own. There were a few Project Linda prototypes on display, in various stages of development, but we will have to see if Razer takes this thing to retail fruition, or how much it is planning to charge.

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Razer Phone specs
  • Display 5.7 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels 120Hz Refresh rate
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 8GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie
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