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Crowdfunding project of the week: The Superbook turns your smartphone into a laptop
Sunday is upon us and we are ready to feature a brand new ‘Crowdfunding project of the week’! In this article series we showcase some of the best crowdfunding campaigns from sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, so let’s dig right into the goods.
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This week we are taking a look at the Superbook, a laptop dock that aims to turn any Android smartphone into a full-fledged computer. But does it? Let’s start by saying this computer experience is built on Android, which will be a limitation to many. While Android has plenty of powerful applications, it doesn’t really work seamlessly as a desktop PC alternative.
But if you can live with some sacrifices and need a truly mobile laptop, this may be a great option; as long as you’re not restricted to certain software and PC capabilities. In a nutshell… it is a nutshell. What I mean is that the Superbook works as a docking station that offers an 11.6-inch HD (768p) display, over 8 hours of battery life (it will charge your phone while connected), a full keyboard and a multi-touch trackpad. The unit measures 19.3 x 28.7 x 1.8 cm and weighs only 0.9 kg, making it very portable.
When plugged in, the Superbook will pretty much become an extension of your device. You can operate your smartphone through the Superbook and experience a Desktop-like interface (looks similar to Chrome OS). All of your smartphone’s files will be accessible through the Superbook, as well as the apps and everything your device has to offer.
There are some things to keep in mind, though. The Superbook does require that your Android phone supports USB-OTG, but most smartphones nowadays do. The manufacturer, Andromium, also recommends you have the following specs.
Smartphone Minimum Requirements
- Android 5.0+
- Dual Core Processor and above
- 1.5 GB RAM or higher
- Type-C or Micro-B phone port
- 25 MB of free storage (100 MB+ recommended)
Sounds pretty interesting, right? It’s hard to predict whether the experience will be wonky or not, but chances are the Superbook is worth its price. All early bird specials are gone, but you can still get a Superbook by backing the project with $99.
The Superbook is expected to start shipping on February 2017. It might be worth the wait, though! Are any of you signing up?