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New gadgets turn smartphones into PCs

Relaxnews (AFP) logoRelaxnews (AFP) 20-07-2016

The Microsoft Display Dock (HD-500) is out now priced $99.© Provided by AFPRelaxNews The Microsoft Display Dock (HD-500) is out now priced $99. A growing number of options allow smartphone users to turn their handsets into PCs. Microsoft's Continuum, for example, sees mobiles running Windows 10 function as computers when paired with a physical keyboard and screen. While such solutions will no doubt prove a hit among the general public, the trend could one day see smartphones replace stand-alone PCs, available for use anywhere and with no need for syncing.

Microsoft Display Dock (HD-500)

In fall 2015, Microsoft released its first Windows 10 smartphones featuring the Continuum mode to transform the handsets into mini-PCs. Users simply connect the mobile, a keyboard, a mouse and a display to a central docking station called the Microsoft Display Dock (HD-500), which sells for $99/€99. All the smartphone's content can then be accessed in the same way as with a regular PC, whether for typing out text messages or editing Office documents. All modifications and updates are saved to the phone's memory when it's unplugged from the dock.

Check out the Microsoft Display Dock (HD-500) in this video: 


NexDock
The NexDock was the subject of a recent Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, selling for $119.© Provided by AFPRelaxNews The NexDock was the subject of a recent Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, selling for $119. Nex Computer's alternative, the NexDock, can turn any smartphone or tablet running Windows 10 into a laptop computer. It's essentially a dock that takes the form of a 14.1-inch notebook PC with screen and keyboard. However, all the components and content come from the mobile device. Android and iOS handsets can be used with the NexDock to watch videos or play games by connecting via a display adapter. Note that the dock is also compatible with pocket PCs like the Asus Chromebit and Lenovo Ideacentre Stick 300, as well as the Raspberry Pi. The NexDock has already been subject to an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, selling for $119, and is expected to go on sale commercially soon.

Check out the NexDock in this video: 


The Superbook
A crowdfunding campaign for The Superbook opens July 21 on Kickstarter, with units selling for $99.© Provided by AFPRelaxNews A crowdfunding campaign for The Superbook opens July 21 on Kickstarter, with units selling for $99. Startup Andromium has unveiled The Superbook, with its own Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign set to open July 21, 2016, with devices selling for $99 each. Compatible with all Android smartphones, this too is essentially a dock that takes the form of an 11.6-inch laptop PC. The device works with a special application, Andromium OS, which users install on their smartphones to adapt the interface for display on the Superbook screen. It's then possible to use each of the phone's applications with the added comfort of a bigger screen and a physical keyboard. Check out The Superbook in this video: vimeo.com/171882289 

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