Today’s smartphones do a lot of the things that yesterday’s laptop computers did. You can use a phone for email, web surfing, gaming, and web browsing, among other things. But some activities, like viewing and editing documents can be easier on a device with a large display and full-sized keyboard.

Over the past few years a couple of different companies have announced plans to bridge the divide by offering a laptop dock that you can plug into your smartphone to use phone apps on a notebook-like device.

The HP Elite x3 Lap Dock is available, but it’s an expensive solution for a phone (and operating system) that’s not widely used. The crowdfunded Superbook is supposed to ship any day now, and it’s unclear when the Mirabook will ship.

If you’re looking for another option, now you have one though.

The openbook is a new 14 inch laptop shell that’s designed to connect with phones running Android 5.0 or later that have USB OTG support. Your phone plugs into the OpenBook via a USB port that supports DisplayLink technology.

It features a 14 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel TN LCD display (with limited viewing angles), a 10,000 mAh battery, stereo speakers, a headphone jack, a microSD card slot, a USB 3.0 port, and a full-sized keyboard and touchpad.

The OpenBook looks like a laptop, but this 2.8 pound device is powered by your phone’s processor, memory, storage, and operating system. Load up the Leena Desktop UI Pro app from the Google Play Store, and it’ll make Android look a bit more like a desktop operating system. But basically the OpenBook is designed for running Android apps on a bigger display.

Theoretically you could also plug in any device that supports DisplayLink though, which means you could use the Openbook like a second display for a Windows, Mac, or Linux desktop or notebook, among other things.

The folks behind the crowdfunding campaign say the OpenBook should ship in December and it comes with a power adapter and USB OTG cable. The first 50 backers to pledge $109 should be able to reserve one at that price, after which the price goes up to $129.

On the one hand, there’s really not much setting the Openbook apart from similar crowdfunded gadgets like the Superbook or Mirabook… which makes me wonder how long this device will be delayed.

On the other hand, there’s actually some reason to think this one might ship on time. It’s coming from a group called “Cloud Media” which has the same parent company as Pine64, the company behind the 14 inch Pinebook Linux laptop.

In fact, the Openbook uses the same case, display, keyboard, and touchpad as the Pinebook. It just has a different motherboard. So the company has a bit of experience working with some of this hardware already.

via Geeky Gadgets

 

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9 replies on “Openbook is (yet another) crowdfunded laptop dock for Android phones”

  1. Hi Paul do you know who the Chinese manufacturer is?
    And do you know if there is a similar Chinese made product on the market?
    I find it really strange why a Chinese clone is not available currently from any of the
    Chinese online vendors?
    Thanks.

  2. That size screen at that resolution is not at all great, at least superbook (still waiting for mine) had a 1080 option.

    1. It’s because the shell is prefab and the manufacturer in China who works with various vendor to make minimal modifications to produce these.

      Pinebook Laptop
      NexDock
      Jumper EZ Book
      Vulcan Venture II

      1. Hi Paul do you know who the Chinese manufacturer is?
        And do you know if there is a similar Chinese made product on the market?
        I find it really strange why a Chinese clone is not available currently from any of the
        Chinese online vendors?
        Thanks.

  3. This is the exact same shell as the NexDock which was great but the forced bluetooth for keyboard and touchpad was a major drawback. If NexDock had made it toggleable (like many bluetooth keyboards) it would’ve been perfect.

    The only thing setting this apart from superbook is the screen size (but not ratio).

    I’m hoping that it’s DL 4000 series, it’s usb3 connecting port. USB 2.0 you’d see some pretty bad latency.

    1. Given that the USB host on the other side is 3.0, it think it’s safe to assume that the connecting port is USB 3.

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