TransMaker turns a Samsung Galaxy phone into a tablet, notebook

Have a Samsung Galaxy S3 or Galaxy S4 phone, want a tablet or laptop, but don’t feel like synchronizing your data between multiple devices? Migoal’s TransMaker products are designed to let you use your Samsung Galaxy smartphone as the guts of tablet or notebook

TransMaker

The TransMaker TR10 is a tablet accessory which lets you dock your smartphone into the back of a 10 inch touchscreen display, letting you interact with your phone on a larger screen.

Migoal’s TransMaker TR11 is a larger 11.6 inch model with a higher-resolution display.

Both models can also be connected to keyboard docks, letting you use your phone to power a laptop-style contraption.

This isn’t an entirely original idea. Asus has offered a line of Padfone devices for a few years. It’s an Android smartphone with an optional tablet dock. And a few years ago Motorola introduced a line of Lapdock products which let you use some of the company’s smartphones as the brains of a laptop featuring an 11.6 inch display and full-sized keyboard.

But Migoal’s TransMaker devices are designed for use with some of the most popular smartphones on the market, the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4.

Unfortunately there’s no word on the price or release date yet, but Migoal plans to show off the products at IFA in September.

Here are some of the specs:

TransMaker TR10 tablet dock

  • 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display
  • Capacitive multitouch
  • Micro USB port
  • 2W mono speaker
  • 5000mAh battery
  • 10.4″ x 7.1″ x 0.42″
  • 1.2 pounds
  • White, red, or black color options

Detachable keyboard dock (for TR10)

  • QWERTY keyboard with island-style layout
  • Touchpad
  • 130 degree adjustable hinge
  • USB 2.0 port
  • 6000mAh battery
  • 10.4″ x 7.1″ x 0.45″
  • 1.1 pounds

TransMaker TR11 tablet dock

  • 11.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display
  • Capacitive multitouch
  • Micro USB port
  • 2W speaker
  • 5000mAh battery
  • 12″ x 7.6″ x 0.45″
  • 1.4 pounds
  • White, grey, black color options

Detachable keyboard dock (TR11)

  • QWERTY keyboard with island-style layout
  • Touchpad
  • 130 degree adjustable hinge
  • USB 2.0 port
  • 6000mAh battery
  • 12″ x 7.6″ x 0.43″
  • 1.7 pounds

Note that none of the docks has its own processor, memory, or operating system. All of that’s on your phone — these devices simply act as external touchscreens, displays, keyboards, and batteries.

via CNX-Software

  • Michael Thompson

    Interesting idea!
    Plus it may work with other phones/devices if the connections are really just a straight MHL adaptation, so maybe there is something for the hacker community here too!

    • George

      I agree. Although the Samsung phone is popular, it would be great if this dock could work with many other phones out there. The increased sales volume would also spur competitors and lower prices rapidly. The other phones could be accommodated by offering a bay that would have sliding or ratcheting horizontal and vertical “clamps” to hold the phone in place, with a connecting cable to the dock. The maximum size phone could be 6″, as phones that size or larger would probably be used more like phablets.

  • Conception

    ASUS did something similar with their PadFone Infinity. It didn’t really catch on for some reason. http://www.asus.com/Tablets_Mobile/PadFone_Infinity/ It doesn’t have the keyboard dock though as this one does.

  • digi_owl

    Makes me wish there was a standard formfactor for smartphones, like you have with desktop motherboards.

  • eebrah

    Samsungs MHL connector is different from the “standard” and as such, I fear that these won’t work with other devices, still nice, I hope they develop some based on the standard MHL connector

  • Cal Rankin

    Let’s hope a model comes out like this for an Ubuntu phone

  • Rob

    I hope it’s not super spendy. It’d be great if it could turn into a cheapish tablet. They should make one for the note 3.