Android phones and iPhones pack pretty powerful processors — powerful enough, in fact, to deliver laptop-level performance, if only they had big screens and keyboards for your viewing and working pleasure.
It works like this: Your smartphone sits in a wired dock and drives the ClamBook’s screen and keyboard. It’s effectively your phone writ large, which could be great for everything from watching movies to playing games to working on documents.
ClamCase isn’t sharing a lot of details just yet, but here’s what we know so far:
Although ClamBook says the device is for iPhones and Android phones, there seems to be more focus on the latter at this point, as evidenced by the aforementioned Android keyboard keys and the nod to Motorola’s Webtop app, which simulates a desktop OS — when paired with Android.
So, will there be a slightly different model for iPhones? And will it simply provide a large, iPad-like view, or will there be a similar kind of desktop simulator?
These are key questions, to be sure, but I think the biggest one is price: how much will the ClamBook cost? I would love to see this come in at around $149, though I suspect it’ll probably sell for twice as much. At that point, most folks would probably just buy a tablet and pair it with an external keyboard.
That said, the ClamBook could be a game-changer, a way to unleash smartphones’ processing power in a slim, travel-friendly package. Hopefully we’ll know more before the product ships in “holiday 2012.”
What do you think? Is this something you’d buy? If so, what’s a fair price? Share your thoughts in the comments!