Intel’s ultrabooks are currently locked in a battle to see who can out-MacBook Air the MacBook Air, but is this spec war a bit redundant when we’ve got quad-core smartphones in our pockets? ClamCase thinks so: its ClamBook laptop looks to resurrect the Motorola Atrix’ webtop idea in fine style. Is it time your phone stepped up a gear?
The ClamBook is a swish-looking device. Its aluminium body is super thin, while the full-sized keyboard and trackpad ape those found on the MacBook Air or Asus Zenbook. The difference? There’s barely anything inside the ClamBook aside from a battery.
That’s because it gets its guts from your phone. Hook up your smartphone (it works with the iPhone, but is really built for Android), and you’ll be throw its UI onto the larger, 16:9 widescreen display. Motorola phones can even use the webtop app to transform your phone into a proper computing experience with the webtop version of Firefox and Gmail.
When connected, the ClamBook charges your smartphone, while gifting big-screen access to your full collection of apps, games, videos, music and cloud-based services. Better still, the keyboard is replete with Android shortcut keys and gesture-based trackpadding.
The downside? It’s not out yet – ClamCase’s website wants users to register for updates on when the ClamBook will be ready for launch, although there’s no hint of such a date yet. This ain’t no flash in the pan Kickstarter project, though – ClamCase has plenty of experience in making and shipping similar devices.
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