Anyone remember Palm’s 2007 Foleo, or Motorola’s 2011 Lapdock for the Atrix 4G? The idea of a smartphone-powered laptop certainly isn’t new, but if Andromium’s Kickstarter campaign is any indication, it’s an idea that still has legs.
The company has smashed through their initial $50,000 USD funding goal and are now approaching a million dollars in pledges for what they call the Superbook—a $99 shell that, with a USB cable, turns your Android smartphone into a notebook computer. So long as your phone supports USB-OTG, it will work with the Superbook.
- 11.6″ LCD display at 768p
- 7.6″ x 11.3″ x 0.7″ (19.3 cm x 28.7 cm x 1.8cm)
- 2.0lb / 0.9kg
- Custom Charging Port w/ Standard US Charger
- USB Type-C port
- Supports Type-C and Micro-B smartphones
- 8+ hour battery life
- Simultaneously charges smartphone
- QWERTY keyboard (Android OS layout)
- Android-specific navigation keys (Home, Back, Menu, Recent)
- Multi-touch trackpad
Smartphone Minimum Requirements
- Android 5.0+
- Dual Core Processor and above
- 1.5GB RAM or higher
- Type-C or Micro-B phone port
- 25mb of free storage (100mb+ recommended)
All that’s needed for a proper, windowed laptop experience on your Superbook is an app from the Play Store. Apparently that app runs in the background; here’s someone from Andromium showing how everything works in what might be the shortest video demo ever:
If you’re interested, three Andromium employees did a reddit AMA last week. If they do manage to raise a million bucks they’ve promised a “premium” model with a 1080p screen. But at $99 USD—half the price of an entry-level Chromebook—I have to admit I’m somewhat intrigued.
What do you think of Andromium’s Superbook?