Razer Project Linda hands-on


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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  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh

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10 Comments

1. ahmadkun

Posts: 508; Member since: May 02, 2016

this is amazing concept

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3935; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I like it, has the dock built into the laptop shell itself and give it a useful function, now lets see if Razer gets the price right. They also have to offer more storage options, I for one would want something with less than 200gb to be honest, give me a 32gb version...yep I'm cheap lol.

5. bucknassty

Posts: 1263; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

price it right... and i may have to try this razor phone out... although.... i dont think i need a laptop right now.... dang... now i think about it.. it may become a dust collector... but an awesome one at best

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3935; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Change that Ebay link before people start crying about PA loving apple, the phone has sold and the link now shows you an iPhone instead.

4. bucknassty

Posts: 1263; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

you know what they are trying to do HAHAHHA

6. ph00ny

Posts: 1976; Member since: May 26, 2011

Now you know what they were doing while writing this blog

7. nepalisherpa

Posts: 334; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

The only problem I see is when the next version of phone comes out and it's a different design then this "laptop" will need to be upgraded as well.

9. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3935; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

They would have to offer some serous discount to people trading in the old model.

8. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

considering that now the full version of windows can run on arm processors I would be surprised if we will see this kind of concept but pushed even further by dual booting windows and android on the same device

10. worldpeace

Posts: 3077; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Hands-on? But you only touch it like 3 times, and doing nothing on it

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