Attempts to transform the mobile phone, and subsequently the smartphone, right into a full fledge computer system are not new however successive malfunctions didn’t prevent HP from, introducing its take on that pattern with the Elite X3, introduced at MWC in Barcelona.

We consider previous attempts, in sequential order, from companies like Asus, Hand (which was later acquired by HP), Motorola and also Celio and current ones like Microsoft’s Continuum and also the Nexdock.

Palm Foleo


It all started with the Foleo, a laptop-sized gadget that ran Linux and also was a mobile friend to Hand’s then-popular Treo variety of mobile phones. It was similar in size to today’s Chromebooks, some would state that it was released prematurely, in Could 2007, merely a few weeks prior to the Asus Eee COMPUTER which is widely attributed with introducing the Netbook trend, and also was terminated much less compared to 3 months later on after it was panned by the innovation press – including techradar.

Why didn’t it work out? It was also costly ($499 with an introductory $100 refund at the time), too limited and also mobile phones were not as effective as they are currently, which implied that you were successfully bring 2 computing devices. A lot more importantly it really did not have the called for ecosystem to make it worth it – cloud computer was significantly in its infancy back then.

Celio RedFly


About a year later, came the Celio Redfly which swapped the Palm mobile phone array for the similarly abysmal Windows Mobile series (collection 6 back thens) initially although assistance for other running tracts, significantly BlackBerry was provided in the ater month. The mobile buddy. as it was recognized, endured the exact same imperfections as the Foleo.

Underpowered, hopeflessly minimal and also to make matters also worse, it was even more pricey compared to the netbooks that had begun to proliferate in 2008. That smartphones were still really minimal as well as antiquated – compared with today’s pocket rockets – ony made concerns worse. It’s the same for the array of applications readily available. Back after that, mobile customers were really second class citizens in the world of tech.

Motorola Atrix

Fast ahead to January 2011 and also Motorola launched the Atrix at CES, a mobile phone that featured a docking terminal as well as a laptop dock (which was relabelled as the LapDock). Unlike its precursors, it worked on Android which allowed for a much smoother total user encounter. It was expensive though therefore were its peripherals.

Still, the performance void between the mobile phone and a 2011 laptop computer was significant, particularly when gauged on the value-for-money element. Its Lapdock still ran a separate OS instead of mirroring exactly what was on the phone. In the larger system of things, the Atrix was not as bad as a failing as the Redfly or the Foleo but Motorola discontinued the variety, was sold to Google as well as later on to Lenovo.

Asus Padfone

The adhering to year, Taiwanese technology titan Asus, unveiled an item that went even further. The Padfone, was a phone, that slotted at the rear of a tablet computer and also which can be docked to a keyboard basically turning it right into a laptop. It was the just one that lasted even more compared to a generation and also is considered as the most successful of that new breed of computers.

By after that, in April 2012, modern technology had evolved with the operating system – still Android – and also the equipment maturing right into a much more elegant solution. The PadFone’s only weakness was its price, it was really less costly to get a comparable smartphone, a separate tablet computer as well as a docking terminal for the last. Asus has actually now retired the variety and also no one else ever since has released something remotely similar.

ECS Project X

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Asus was not the only company that fantasized of combining a smartphone with a tablet dock. One more Taiwanese behemoth, ECS, also desired to do something similar however suitable with various other smartphones. I saw a simulated up prototype – which unfortunately never obtained a main launch – nearly 5 years earlier at Computex in Taipei that housed an iPhone 5 smartphone.

However, ECS tinned the project for unidentified factors. Probably the overwelming array of choices on the market incorporated with Apple’s likely resistance to such a project forced the business to quit on what looked like a very encouraging product.

Microsoft Lumia 950/950XL

One of the largest functions of Windows 10 Mobile is Continuum. It is a feature that is shared across all Windows 10 versions and enables a smooth shift in between the multiple form elements supporting Microsoft’s most current operating system.

Perhaps one of the most incredible of them is how Microsoft’s front runner phones, the Lumia 950 as well as 950XL could attach to a tiny dock as well as change into a desktop computer PC, efficient in powering a display and also attaching seamlessly to a number of peripherals. The finest thing though is that you can still utilize the smartphone as a phone – so basically, you have two screens, both of them full HD yet of different sizes. Possibly most notably for Microsoft, the 950 and the dock works as a standard and a wonderful example of what caa be achieved.


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Indiegogo as well as Kickstarter are excellent places for pioneers as well as dreamers ahead up with seemingly insane suggestions as well as let the marketplace decide. Among them is the NexDock which turns your mobile phone into a laptop, it will take mobile phones with a mini-HDMI result plus it suits tablet computers, HDMI dongles, the RaspBerry Pi and also even an additional laptop.

The campaign at Indiegogo has gotten to almost $50,000 however is still an extremely lengthy means from reaching its $300,000 target. You will certainly should connect your tool to the NexDock making use of a cable television instead than wirelessly. There’s a Bluetooth key-board, an integrated 10,000 mAh battery, two USB ports, a card visitor and a 14-inch HD+ monitor, all crammed in a laptop chassis.