The Superbook can make your Android phone into a laptop for $99

The Superbook can make your Android phone into a laptop for $99
The idea of making your Android phone convert to a laptop is not really new, though it has never been executed terribly well. The Motorola Atrix was not a good laptop experience. The Asus Padfone X was an okay phone and an okay tablet but didn't add much as a laptop. The latest to take on the challenge is the Superbook which will soon launch as a Kickstarter project.

The Superbook isn't trying too hard to complicate the matter. It's really just an 11.6-inch display with a resolution of 1366 x 768, a keyboard, multitouch trackpad, and a battery. You provide an Android device and connect it to the Superbook frame via either a micro-USB or USB-C cable. The real magic is done by the Andromium OS app that you install on your phone and creates the desktop environment, complete with multi-window support. 

Technically, you don't even need the Superbook dock and can use any compatible hardware dock that connects to a monitor and USB keyboard/mouse, or you can even use the Andromium OS app with a Chromecast. However, if you don't want to go through all of that, the Superbook itself will cost just $99 during the Kickstarter campaign when that begins. 

Andromium OS will work with any device running Android 4.4.2 KitKat or higher, but the developer does recommend having a Snapdragon 800 SoC and at least 2GB of RAM. 


Superbook Demo from Andromium Inc. on Vimeo.

source: Superbook via The Verge

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22 Comments

1. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Meh...

4. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Really? I think it's actually pretty cool. For $99 you have a laptop and tablet replacement for a fraction of the price.

5. zex999

Posts: 92; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

Same, that 6gb of ram people say is necessary looks pretty useful now. With the proper software and hardware this can work really well. It would be awesome if you can somehow turn your phone into desktop mode wireless without a need for a cable.

9. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Totally.

6. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

It's cool, but I'd rather use that same cash towards a full standalone 2-in-1 device like this with access to both Windows 10 and Android: http://www.gearbest.com/tablet-pcs/pp_328162.html Android is barely practical on the big screen, much less in a Laptop. As for it being a tablet replacement, where did you get that idea? Can the book convert to the tablet form-factor or are you making that conclusion based on it just running Android?

8. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

So you would rather buy that than use your much more powerful flagship phone to power the superbook.......Not me, i'd get the superbook and use my phone, if I owned and android phone that is. Otherwise I would just buy a powerful tablet or laptop that cost much more.

12. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

It's meant for people that is expose to mobile as a tool for productivity A lot of emerging markets first computer is their smartphones.

16. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

That indeed could be a significant use case, especially if the dock is made available at internet cafes in such markets. +1.

22. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I grow up playing computer game so I am very comfortable with desktop so for me it's an effort to move out of my comfort zone to use mobile for productivity. I make that effort because I understand it's benefits.

2. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

In your dreams!!!

3. zex999

Posts: 92; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

Looks like he is using the Blu Vivo 5

7. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Nice idea, actually, this works better than windows continuum, just because it had support for tablet optimized apps and other stuff, people show Google Remix OS, it's a tiny Android, heavily modified os for keyboard and mouse, and douch better than chrome os, wonder y Google didn't think of it.

13. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

how is this better than continuum? 1. i dont need extra hardware wich cost money to use continuum 2.there are apps which are optimised to run in different device called universal windows app, how will android apps display in big screen? 3. change between modern apps/UWA and win32 apps which are better in desktop mode you have to remember continuum its not about phone only, desktop, laptop, 2 in 1, tablets etc can have continuum in their respective ways.

17. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Continuum requirement are the same as this, you don't have to buy the docking station, just download the app and connect any display to it, it should work fine. Android apps runs very nicely on big screen, especially when the custom os supports Windows viewing. http://www.jide.com/remixos Just look at the link and decide which one is better. Windows just sucks in the app division, not much developers are actually creating universal app because it's just not worth it. Continuum is great, But the WP os base it very weak, new features relies on the os and the ecosystem to deliver the actual experience, which would is clearly lacking.

20. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

see? that misconceptio i was talking about, cintinuum is not about windows phone connect to big screen, that is one feature among many feature of continuum. surface pro has continumm, all x86 tablets has continuum etc about android i have phoenix os its same as remix and i can tell you its not good experience, it lack so many things and apps cant adjust to screen. and the fact that android need touch make it even worse,

21. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Not the same requirement. At least not for my current test android the Z3. I have an old laptop that I can screen cast to via connect in windows 10. Turns my laptop into a second screen. Continuum works with it, not sure why I would want my phone when I have the laptop but its there. When I hook up the Z3, only non-protected, content works. Even the play store fails. Andronium fails to work as well. Will try later with other androids.

10. deleon629

Posts: 451; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

Great concept: possibly the missing link to Microsoft's continuum concept

14. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

hp has lap doc which work with continuum phone, how is it different from this? http://mspoweruser.com/hp-elite-x3-laptop-dock-will-work-lumia-950/

11. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

this kickstarter ruin the whole idea of continuum, lol... but 2in1 dual-boot tablet still better choice, for $300 u can get 2in1 win10 tablet for productivity (with not-so-bad processor), and boot it to android if you miss android apps, lol

15. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

how? laptop dock is among acessories of continuum, whats new in this device which is not already available in continuum?

18. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

This is the first occasion when I'm agree with ibend's statement... Android isn't that terrible on X86, there are of course a lot of apps missing but overall it's a nicer experience than this... This... Read my lips: G.I.M.M.I.C.K... I've Android Kitkat installed on my Laptop (via Project Android 64) and apart from some WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity problems, it's pretty slick...

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The thing with this is, I can take any Galaxy Note and use an MHL/HDMI cable or use screen mirroring and I can do the same thing. Its still just Android on a larger display. Though you could use any Android for this, most wont have capabilities beyond web browsing. You're better off just buying a SP4 for $800

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