Superbook Android laptop shell passes $1 million in Kickstarter funding

Superbook Android laptop shell passes $1 million in Kickstarter funding
The idea of creating a way to use a smartphone as a laptop is one that has endured for years but has never been done terribly well. That hasn't stopped manufacturers trying and consumers getting excited about a new product that looks like it could be the real deal. The latest in that line is the Superbook shell that can turn your Android phone into a laptop.

The idea of the Superbook is simple: it is a barebones laptop shell with a display, battery and keyboard and you connect your phone to power the experience. The Superbook was announced earlier this month and the Kickstarter campaign aimed for a goal of just $50,000. Within the first hour, the campaign had generated $150,000, and yesterday, one week into the Kickstarter, the Superbook passed $1 million in funding. 

This means the Superbook has already passed a few stretch goals so there will be international language decals for the keyboard, an extra full-sized USB port, a bigger battery (bumping battery life projections from 8 hours to 10 hours), and now you can even get a 1080p display for a $30 premium. With 21 days to go, it looks like even more stretch goals are possible, including free customizable Superbook sleeves with phone pockets at $1.5 million and an option for a backlit keyboard after $2 million in funding. 

Maybe even more impressive is that the Andromium OS app, which allows users to connect an Android device to any monitor/keyboard/mouse setup, even if you don't buy the Superbook, has made it into the 100,000 to 500,000 download range in the Google Play Store and has a 4.2 star rating. Even if the Superbook hardware disappoints, Andromium OS may be the big winner here. 

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11 Comments

1. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Good for developing countries where a Smartphone is their only computing device...

5. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I am learning to use smart phone for productivity and I find that their are weak in areas that require large display but I also discover that they are actually efficient and inexpensive replacement for many different tools. For example I could use Fing to do most of my network related checking. Use Adobe Fill & Sign DC to fill up form digitally. Use Quick PDF Scanner Pro to capture all my receipt and warranty information and backup to cloud. I also use Bluetooth Barcode Scanner app that replaces my regular barcode scanner that capture company new asset into my computer directly. The phone sensors with the right app e.g smart tools allow me to do a lot of unit measure and conversion without bringing my specialize tools. I find the smartphone is a formidable tool which you carry with you everywhere don't omit it.

7. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Those are all great ways in making productive use of a Smartphone. However, I personally would find most of those a compromise in experience compared to what my Surface Pro 2 offers, except the tasks it obviously can't do as a tablet/laptop/desktop. Most of those tasks would just be me using my Smartphone as a companion to my Surface Pro 2, not my main tool. That said, I agree about the Smartphone being a formidable tool. Smartphones are literally just another form-factor of a PC, the technology to make it a zero-compromise experience just isn't there yet. Once we have something like a more refined SyncPhone ( https://goo.gl/KGmi0z ), which unfortunately failed to take off on Indiegogo (probably due to lack of advertisement, never heard of it until recently), available on the market, docks like these will be very practical in developed countries. They'll be providing a zero-compromise experience, merging the gap between the Smartphone, Tablet, Laptop and Desktop with Continuum. That's what I'm patiently waiting for, in addition to a Smartphone-Tablet-Laptop Dock like what the Asus PadFone offers ( https://db.tt/Exl53eY0 | https://db.tt/FNle2DAA ).

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

My main productivity tool is my MacBook pro and VMware running Windows 7. My job requires me to be proficient in both environment. We use full Microsoft server, SQL, exchange, SharePoint and lync. As a personal learning goal is to keep exploring mobile technology to be good at it in order to compete with the new generation that is mobile savvy.

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

looks interesting.. google should support this idea and make add more feature around this idea.. like playing android's FPS game on this laptop using keyboard and mouse

4. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

This would be a good replacement for them Chromebooks, all that's needed is the full Chrome browser made as another UI for the the Chrome app on the Play Store...

12. insanity99

Posts: 104; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Install Blue Stacks to your laptop and play android games. I'm not sure if you can play like one of those FPS or HD games since I haven't tried it yet..

6. Punchy506

Posts: 129; Member since: Jan 10, 2016

What happens when I'm using the superbook and I get a phonecall? Does this thing have speakers? A microphone? No camera, no storage (seems like you can pass through storage from the second USB port to your phone), can you use voice input from your phone while using the superbook? Pretty curious how they got a single USB-OTG connection (and in most cases 2.0) to do display, charging, data transfer, (possibly audio), and input method simultaneously, too.

8. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1499; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I think it just goes to your phone like normal, this is just an app that you download and run after all.

9. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1499; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I'm actually interested in this thing, very cheap way to have a bigger screen for basic computing when I travel. Get it with a 1080p screen and it's gonna be better than cheap windows 10 devices or chrome books. The processors in our phones are better than Intels atom.

10. shaprack

Posts: 16; Member since: Jun 20, 2016

Andromium OS dosent work with Normal USB dock?

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