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New $99 smart case turns Android smartphones to laptop

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Jul 30, 2016, 8:39 pm IST
Updated Jul 30, 2016, 8:40 pm IST
The laptop shell is a ‘dumb terminal’ due to the absence of a processor, it does feature a keyboard, battery, trackpad, and display.
The Superbook laptop shell can connect to any Android device and offer seamless funtionalitiy. (Photo: Kickstarter)
 The Superbook laptop shell can connect to any Android device and offer seamless funtionalitiy. (Photo: Kickstarter)

Smartphones are one of the most used devices in the modern world and almost everybody owns one. From completing complex tasks on-the-go to enjoying multimedia content seamlessly, smartphones are inevitable.

Though it offers so many functionalities, there is a lot more a smartphone can achieve but is often held back by certain constraints: small screen size, missing keyboards, and limited mobile interface.

 

In a bid to bridge this gap, US-based start-up Andromium OS has come up with a smart laptop shell that your smartphone can connect to. This will help Android smartphone users to extract much more from their smartphones.

Co-founder of the company Andrew Jiang pointed out that smartphones today come in powerful packages but users cannot yield 100 per cent efficiency due to the small screen. He believes that this will help users to extract more out of their powerful devices.

Although the laptop shell can be dubbed as a ‘dumb terminal’ due to the absence of a processor, it does feature a keyboard, battery, trackpad, and display. It also offers eight hours of battery back along with phone charging capabilities.

 

When a user plugs the shell to an Android smartphone, it launches an app to deliver an immersive laptop experience. Jiang further explained that the app is essentially Android Continuum that lets users work flawlessly.

In its project description on Kickstarter, Andromium pointed out the Superbook can completely emulate the functionalities of a laptop. From browsing to running apps, playing light games, and even programming, users can achieve an unimaginable feat using this nifty add-on.   

While similar gadgets have originated in the past, none of them have failed to make a mark. With this project the company has garnered immense success on the Kickstarter platform and plans to start shipments by February 2017.  

 

The Superbook basic is available at a nominal value of just $99 (Rs 6,600) and the company will ship to all parts of the world.       

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