Companies have been offering laptop docks for smartphones for a few years, with varying levels of success. Typically the idea is to let you connect something that looks like a notebook to your smartphone so you can use a keyboard, touchpad, and large display.

The [email protected] 15 Touch is something a little different.

Instead of a laptop-lookalike, this is a 15.6 inch portable touchscreen display plus a wireless foldable keyboard with a touchpad on the side. In other words, instead of turning your phone into a laptop, it’s a system that kinda/sorta turns it into a 2-in-1 tablet similar to a Microsoft Surface + keyboard… if the keyboard were wireless and the tablet section wasn’t tethered to a phone.

The [email protected] 15 Touch is ostensibly available for purchase from LosingtheWires, but the company doesn’t mention the price on its website — you need to use a contact form to get an estimate.

One thing to keep in mind is that the system features a UK keyboard and a UK charger, so you may need to swap out some parts to use the setup in other parts of the world.

For a display, the system uses a 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel portable monitor with support for 10-point capacitive touch input. It connects to your phone via a USB-C cable, and LosingtheWires says it’s compatible with recent Samsung smartphones that feature the company’s DeX software as well as other phones with support for video output via USB-C.

There’s also a mini HDMI input that you can use to connect the screen to a laptop or other device if you just want to use it as a secondary display. And the display also has a micro USB port for connecting additional peripherals.

The keyboard is a foldable Bluetooth keyboard that should theoretically work with most mobile devices.

According to LosingTheWires, the system measures about 14″ x 8.8″ x 0.4″, weighs about 2 pounds, and gets around 4-7 hours of battery life.

via CNX Software

 

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5 replies on “[email protected] 15 Touch is a mobile display + keyboard for your smartphone”

  1. Another awesome alternative is Keydock from Oreason.io. It’s just a mechanical keyboard with a USB-C hub inside.
    It’s nice because it let you make ‘working stations’ where you can just sit and plug your phone.
    Desktop mode is growing in popularity it’s nice to see!

    1. No, as far as I know the Pixel 3 does not support any kind of wired image projection method, so no HDMI mirroring or MHL or any such. You can use a miracast adapter or a chromecast thou. But there will be latency and there is no Dex-like interface so everything will be oversized.

  2. I have this exact screen I bought from Ali for about $180 half a year ago (look for ‘feedme screen’). The keyboard is also a generic Bt keyboard. I use it in my bench to easily swap between headless machines when I’m working with them, but as a proper screen I would not recommend it. The battery life is abysmal, about 2 hours on a good day, the factory calibration of the screen is a nightmare (although the loosingthewire guys might tweak that), and connecting a cable puts a slight stress on the TFT (IPS) panel and makes a slight discoloration in the corner. The included USB-C-to-USB-C cable is also pretty awful disconnecting at the slightest movement, so you’ll have to replace that one for sure. And the USB-C charger is actually a 12V 2A charger with the barrel jack replaced with a USB-C connector, no power-negotiation, 12V straight into whatever is at the other end, and a fire hazard you can’t replace because the screen won’t charge with anything else (unless you have an adjustable bench supply and you make an adapter cable for that, just to be on the safe side). I would stay away from this one…

    https://i.imgur.com/vxenMXv.jpg

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