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NexPhone Promises One Device for Phone, Tablet and PC

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“NexPhone is the only smartphone you will ever need in the future, which becomes a Tablet, Laptop or PC.”

At least that’s the promise coming from Kosmas Technology, the company behind the NexPhone project.

They plan to offer a smartphone that a user can take from their home to the office to mobile locations and back home docking it with various accessories that transform the phone into a tablet, laptop or desktop system.

The idea looks potentially a great idea. Imagine taking a smart phone with all of my data and apps and using it to make calls and do mobile computing as I would with my any typical smartphone, but then transforming it into a tablet, laptop or a desktop all with one device that connects to docking accessories.

nexphone transform smart phone into tablet, laptop and desktop

The video below shows how this might work. Right now its only a concept.

The NexPhone will run Ubuntu for Android software which runs on an Android smartphone and gives the user an Ubuntu style user interface.

As the video shows, the user can connect to a dock hooked up to a monitor and keyboard for a desktop-like experience. Then, when the user wants to do some computing away from home or office, the phone connects to another dock that functions like a laptop, much like the Motorola Atrix 4G does with its laptop dock.

When a tablet interface seems to work best, the NexPhone tablet dock will transform the phone. Connect the phone to the back of the tablet for some living room computing or reading in the car or on a train/bus/plane. Undock the phone to use it as a typical Android smart phone.

nexphone-docking devices

Aside from using the same data and apps across multiple user interfaces, the ability to use the Internet on all four form factors makes this really exciting for those who wish to stay connected. There’s no need for tethering or wireless data access points like the MiFi or a USB modem. Just connect via the phone’s data connection.

We’ve got a lot of questions before we get too excited. What will the phone cost? What version of Android will ship on it? Which carrier will support it? How much will each of the three accessories cost? Can they push out quality hardware that will make me willing to give up my tablet, laptop or desktop and monitor? Can I find the right Ubuntu apps to replace Windows or Mac versions that I’m using on my PC or Mac?

If enough of these questions get answers at the right price, then I can see myself wanting a NexPhone. Let’s hope Kosmas Technology can make their dream a reality. If you want to help, visit their Indiegogo site which lets you invest in a Kickstarter style investment system.

Kevin loves notebooks, tablets, gadgets and photography. He grew up with computers starting out on a Vic 20 and Commodore 64. The first computer he owned himself was an 8086 Compaq Deskpro. His foray into tablet computing began when he bought a Samsung Q1 Ultra. The smartphone market opened up for him with his Palm Treo 600.

7 Comments

  1. Alex

    09/10/2012 at 4:45 pm

    Wow that really sounds good! Can the phone turn into a Cindy Crawford too??!! If it does, i’ll definately buy it!

  2. bob

    09/10/2012 at 6:39 pm

    This is amazing.

  3. Marawan Alwaraki

    09/11/2012 at 5:44 am

    This is pretty much like cloud syncing except you need to have a phone stuck at the back of your tablet when using it.

    • goofdup

      09/11/2012 at 6:24 pm

      And you don’t need to wait for 4 GB of data to sync in order to get work done.

  4. goofdup

    09/11/2012 at 6:28 pm

    They lost me at “here stick this on the back of your tablet.

    The phone needs to slide into the tablet for this to be an attractive option for me.
    No awkward piggy-backing.

  5. Lars Kühne

    12/25/2012 at 9:13 am

    I highly doubt that you would have to actually stick it to the back of the pad or the notebook: this is a sketch of the idea. I think they are clever enough to figure out that sliding it into the wrapping device is the smarter option. I think they just wanted to keep the animation simple to transport the idea, and quite frankly: I like it and am kinda waiting for something exactly like it.
    The CPUs of today’s smart phones more than powerful enough, as well do they have enough RAM. I would definitely stick to having a full fledged Linux running on the desktop/laptop version, as I don’t think the ASUS solution (PadFone) of “Android everywhere” is suitable for desktop applications.

  6. Miky

    02/18/2013 at 10:29 am

    ASUS PadPhone looks awesome, really does have a smartphone that slides into slot in tablet!

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