We have seen a bunch of attempts at turning smartphones into capable workstations – Microsoft’s Windows uses Continuum, HP’s Elite X3 takes that one step ahead with a range of additional products and docks, even Canonical’s mobile OS comes with a native feature, but none of them have been to quite achieve the desired level of functionality and justification. That’s essentially because of the fact that no one wants to buy a Windows mobile anymore or Ubuntu, as a result, we present you the Superbook.

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The Superbook is a Kickstarter campaign operated by the team behind Andromium OS, it’s basically a $99 11.6-inch sleek laptop shell (looks like a MacBook Pro) that connects to your Android phone and lets you use it as a standalone desktop system. The process has no strings attached and is astonishingly straightforward – you download the Andromium app on a device running Android Lollipop or greater, and connect it to the Superbook through a standard micro-USB or USB Type-C cable. That’s it, you don’t need a proprietary dock or spend a fortune on any extra hardware whatsoever.

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In terms of specifications, there’s an 11.6-inch display with a resolution of 1366×768 pixels, over 8 hours of promised battery life, it comes with a multi-touch trackpad, full keyboard with dedicated multitasking, home buttons. Thanks to the Andromium launcher, the Superbook also supports multi-tasking like a regular computer out there. The performance, although, depends solely on your smartphone which can be a shortcoming if it’s not powerful enough. Andromium can run every Android app there is including Microsoft’s Office, Gmail, and others.

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The Superbook is definitely an attractive package if someone doesn’t want to carry a separate gadget for basic work activities. At a price of $99, this isn’t an expensive accessory at all and can comfortably fit into your daily life. If you’re looking for a laptop replacement, though, you’re better off with a Chromebook as app compatibility and performance are a major question mark for the Superbook right now. If you’re interested, it will be available on Kickstarter starting from July 21st.

Superbook Demo from Andromium Inc. on Vimeo.


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Shubham is based out of Ahmedabad, India and is studying to be a Computer Engineer, while specializing in mobile applications. He loves covering what's new in the smartphone space and aims to make it his primary profession some day.

 
 

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