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NexPhone: Smartphone, Tablet, PC and Laptop Functionality via One Device


While devices like the TransPhone and PadFone 2 attempt to simplify our lives by creating a smartphone that can transform into a tablet with a special dock, why stop there? A new Indiegogo project is dreaming far beyond this, transforming instead into a full desktop all-in-one, a laptop, a tablet and – of course – an ordinary smartphone.

The NexPhone uses essentially is an Android smartphone and tablet, but it becomes much more when combined with the NexLaptop or NexMonitor. Using these larger displays, it activates Ubuntu for Android and becomes a full-screen PC running the Ubuntu OS.

While this is an interesting idea, I’m not sure how practical it really is. According to the estimates for NexPhone products – if and when they get beyond the concept stage – the following prices will be in place:

  • NexPhone & NexDock will cost $499
  • NexTablet Dock will cost $149
  • NexLaptop Dock will cost $199
  • NexMonitor Dock with keyboard & trackpad will cost $199

The total investment of $1046 might be cheaper than buying all these devices separately, but keep in mind that the PC and laptop you get with this solution will run an ARM processor and we have no idea how quick it will be. Many modern desktops have 6-8GB of RAM packed in and dual/quad processors. Something tells me that this doesn’t.

Nonetheless, I like the idea and think this is worth at least looking out for. What do you think?

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  • Roberto Tomás

    I like this … but I’m not sure a couple form factors makes sense.

    For the desktop — if they were going to put a stand-alone GPU in the desktop then it might make sense, but otherwise they should just use a TV and widi. Desktops are dead, let’s move on.

    For the laptop, why not just offer a keyboard sleeve to their tablet, like the microsoft surface?