One piece of hardware that was demonstrated at CES 2018 earlier this month was Project Linda from Razer. Project Linda is a shell that functions as an ultraportable laptop computer powered by a Razer smartphone. The phone snaps in place to function not only as the “brains” of the device, but also as the touchpad. According to new reports, Razer may launch Project Linda later this year alongside a successor to their Razer Phone that was released in 2017.
Rumors suggest the Razer Phone 2 will launch in September 2018 at IFA. The initial Razer Phone was basically a niche device targeting gamers with a nice high-performance 120 Hz display to produce sharp, fast, colorful graphics. Razer also equipped the device with Dolby Atmos audio technology and some nice, big front-facing speakers. The tradeoff for all of the power was a rather large, heavy, bulky build for a smartphone, at least in comparison to the rest of the market.
Sources indicate Project Linda was only commissioned by Razer two to three months prior to CES. Why this was done is not clear, but the move certainly helped generate some buzz for Razer. One fallout though was the number of people clamoring for Razer to proceed with production. According to a tweet, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan says a decision will be made shortly on production and marketing targets and other sources claim a decision is only days away.