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Mirabook is Laptop Dock for Smartphones, Development Boards (Crowdfunding)

Motorola Lapdock may have been ahead of its time, as laptop docks for smartphone are back in vogue with products like NexDock, and Apple could soon launch their own iPhone laptop dock. Another option is Miraxess Mirabook laptop dock with a 13.3″ display, and a battery lasting up to 24 hours, that works for smartphones, development boards, and HDMI TV sticks thanks to its USB type C port.

Mirabook specifications:

  • Display – 13.3″ IPS display with 1920×1080 resolution (non-touch, except if they raise $2 millions…)
  • Audio – Speakers, 3.5mm audio jack
  • Video Output – HDMI port
  • Storage – SD card slot
  • QWERTY keyboard & multi-touch trackpad
  • USB
    • Integrated USB type C cable to connect to phone, board or HDMI TV stick
    • USB type C port to charge the Mirabook battery
    • 2x USB type A host port
  • Battery – TBD capacity good for 24 hours while charging your phone
  • Dimensions – 320 x 220 x 15 mm
  • Weight – 1 kg

The solution relies on SlimPort to provide video & audio over USB as it works for many products, and does not require as much (CPU) resources as DisplayLink. The latter will however be considered as a stretch goal if the campaign raises over $300,000.

The company explains that “convergence” operating systems such as Windows Continuum, Samsung DeX, Auxens Oxi OS, or Remix Singularity, are particularly well suited for the Mirabook, as they provide a desktop experience when the phone is connected to a larger display. They also mentioned Leena OS which I had not come across before, and works on any Android 4.2 or greater smartphone with a free version supporting multi-window, web apps, and a browser, and a Pro version  adding some extra features like a native PDF reader, and the possibly to put icons on the desktop.

The project has launched on Indiegogo with Miraxess aiming to raise at least $50,000. A $180 Early bird pledge should get you a Mirabook, while the retail price after the Indiegogo campaign is expected to be $299. Shipping will add around $15, and delivery is scheduled for December 2017.

Via Liliputing

  1. Paul M
    April 17th, 2017 at 17:30 | #1

    I wonder how this compares with the Andromium Superbook?
    http://www.cnx-software.com/2016/07/22/superbook-turns-your-android-smartphone-in-to-a-laptop-for-99-crowdfunding/

    I note that the superbook also offered a 1080p option when they got enough funding.
    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/andromium/the-superbook-turn-your-smartphone-into-a-laptop-f

  2. April 17th, 2017 at 17:42 | #2

    @Paul M
    11.6″ vs 13.3″ display.
    Mirabook also includes speakers, HDMI output, audio jack, SD card slot, and USB host ports.
    Mirabook battery appears to be larger too (8 hours vs 24 hours), but that claims may vary a lot, and it’s add that Mirabook weight is almost the same as Superbook (1.0kg vs 0.9 kg).

    Mirabook’s expected retail price is more expensive that a full laptop like CHUWU LapBook 14.1. (14.1″ Full HD display + Apollo Lake + 4GB RAM)

  3. Pepe
    April 18th, 2017 at 01:45 | #3

    @cnxsoft
    “Superbook does not have speakers. As a fairly inexpensive product, ($99 during the Kickstarter, $129 now) any speaker we could affordably source would be way worse than your smartphone
    Since many backers have $300+ smartphones, and your smartphone is right next to your Superbook, we thought the tradeoff between having a set of mediocre speakers vs not paying for extra speakers was worth it for generation 1, not to mention it made the product easier to build
    That being said, we’ll likely include something in the 2nd generation product”
    From slack.com official respond from Sentio/Andromium

    Someone replied that you can use BT external speakers

  4. Mum
    April 18th, 2017 at 17:08 | #4

    As someone who picked up a new old stock Motorola Lapdock for 50 EUR, I can see the value of these things. It’s perfect to connect to a PC when I need a display and don’t want to mess with dragging a monitor/keyboard/mouse along with me. It’s also great for SBCs.

    But really, I’m not willing to pay much more than $100 for it. Especially if it only includes a 720p display.

    @Paul M: The superbook is *still* in pre-order mode. Despite their Kickstarter proclaiming delivery in “Jan 2017” for most models. Their website is also accepting pre-orders for $129 “while supplies last”

    @Pepe: “As a fairly inexpensive product, ($99 during the Kickstarter, $129 now)” they aren’t even shipping it yet. $129 is the pre-order price on their website.

    Looking at their Kickstarter updates, it seems Superbook won’t be shipping *anything* until May/June 2017. So at least a year after they launched their Kickstarter. Long time for someone to be without that contribution money. Nevermind all the other high profile crowd funding campaigns which have straight up failed (Ubuntu Phone, Jolla Tablet).

    I’ve completely lost my faith in crowd funding to deliver anything on time, or at all. So all these products are great ideas, but call me when they have a reasonably priced product in stock and shipping in under a week. Until then, you’re just giving a random stranger on the internet your money for a shiny marketing pitch.

    “That being said, we’ll likely include something in the 2nd generation product”

    Given how successful their first round product has been thus far, I seriously doubt there will ever be a 2nd generation product from them. Even a company with the massive resources of Motorola decided it wasn’t a market segment worth pursuing and discontinued the Lapdock.

    Like @cnxsoft said, if these things cost $300, tell my why anyone in their right mind isn’t going to just buy an iPad, Surface, or some Chinesium laptop and also get a whole computer for their money?

  5. chris
    April 20th, 2017 at 04:16 | #5

    What it is for?????? We have USB-C type connector. We can buy USB-C touchscreen handy monitor in many factories in china, and that is all. Lucky guys from them 2mln usd !!!

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