The makers of the Superbook have developed a device that lets you use a smartphone like a laptop… by connecting a device that looks like a laptop and running an app that makes Android look more like a desktop operating system.
After raising nearly $3 million through a Kickstarter campaign in 2016, the team at Andromium had hoped to begin shipping Superbooks to backers in February. But now that date has been pushed back a few months.
The Superbook is currently scheduled to begin shipping in June.
Andromium cofounder Andrew Jiang says there are a few reasons for the delay:
- The industrial design of the Superbook was changed “to make it better suited for mass production.”
- Andromium is paying VAT and import taxes for backers, but offsetting those costs with slower shipping.
- Some component prices went up, and Andromium “need to spend some time sourcing for alternate vendors and components.”
Jiang says the company will offer a bit of compensation for the delay, including the aforementioned paying of VAT and import taxes. Backers will also get a lifetime code that’s good for $25 off any current or future Superbook models.
Each backer will get one of those $25 codes… and they let you save $25 per Superbook when you buy up to 10 units per year. You can also share the code with friends… but the limit is still discounts per code.