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Andronium's Superbook turns Android smartphone into laptop

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17 August 2016

San Francisco, California-based Andronium Inc is working on Superbook, a shell that would allow users to simply dock their Android smartphone to a screen, keyboard, trackpad and battery.

The company founded by Google and Y Combinator alumni, touts the Supebook as its flagship hardware. Andronium claims the plug and play shell turns the Android phone into a complete laptop starting at just $99.

The Superbook is capable of doing everything a smartphone can do and also play games. The device uses the USB-OTG support (which is features on most modern smartphones) and also the DisplayLink client that is similar to that being used for most docking devices.

The initial model comes with a 11.6'', HD, display; an eight-hour battery (that acts as a smartphone charger). It also has a multi-touch trackpad and standard  keyboard; a charger and port; USB-C port, and USB-A port.

Like all Kickstarter projects delivery is scheduled for a future date, February 2017, but as it had well surpassed the its funding goals, it was a sure bet according to commentators.

Andronium had raised $2,125,186 on crowdsourcing platform Kickstarter to build the Superbook as against its orginal goal of $50,000.

According to iTWire.com, the Superbook can do everything a smartphone can and if it has enough graphics, Superbook can be used to play games, too.

The Superbook which has Android 5.0 (Lollipop) comes with 1GB of RAM.





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