Using a laptop shell with a smartphone is not a new concept, but products like Motorola Lapdock were eventually phased out. But some people think there’s a market here, that Lapdock may just have been ahead of it time, and with smartphone faster than ever, it now makes more sense to use them as laptop too. That’s probably why the Superbook, allowing you to connect your smartphone to a larger screen and keyboard via a USB OTG cable, has just launched on Kickstarter.
- Display – 11.6″ LCD display; 1366×768 resolution
- Keyboard – QWERTY keyboard with multi-touch trackpad
- USB – USB type-C port (smartphone with micro B USB are also supported via an adapter)
- Misc – Android-specific navigation keys (Home, Back, Menu, Recent)
- Custom Charging Port w/ Standard US charger
- Battery – Good for 8 hours or more
- Dimensions – 19.3 x 28.7 x 1.8cm
Superbook also charges your smartphone. You’ll need a phone with Android 5.0 or greater, a dual core processor, at least 1.5GB RAM, a type-C or micro B connector, and 25MB free storage (100MB recommended). Why does it have minimum requirements? Because you’ll need to install Andromium OS app which provides a desktop-like interface to Android when connected to Superbook.
If you are an Android app developer, Andromium will also release an SDK to optimize your app for the platform.
The project has already raised closed to $300,000 after about half-day since the launch. You can pledge $99 to get the Superbook with a custom USB OTG cable, and a charging adapter. Shipping is not included though, and add $20 to the US, $40 to the rest of the world. Delivery is scheduled for February 2017.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.