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Notebook constructor
The time comes for all of us when we think about replacing our old laptop with something new and modern. So my time has come. But while following news sites about hardware, I did not see what to change it to. Gigahertz don’t double every year, and the design of laptops has not changed significantly since the 90s. In fact, there’s really no reason to change it. The only thing is that it is physically falling apart, and the video adapter has long been forgotten by the manufacturer.
I got sad, highs can not, lows do not want, my personal micro-revolution was ripe. And because I was tracking interesting hardware, I was inspired by Ubuntu Edge, Tegra K1. I was also inspired by Core M with passive cooling which managed to be more powerful than my old Core 2 Duo.
Notebook constructor
So, it all starts with a smartphone, which by the looks is indistinguishable from modern 5" devices may only be thicker, after all, in it 256 GB SSD drive, according to promise Intel.
On the board pins to the PCIe bus to connect the external GPU. As the operating system is either Ubuntu (Ubuntu Touch) or Windows (but how to modify it?). Core M processor, comparable in performance to the previous generation of mobile Core i5:
Notebook constructor
Maybe you can squeeze it into a smartphone? And if not, Qualcomm’s big.LITTLE Cortex A57/A53 or 14nm Atoms will help.
No matter how thicker you make your smartphone, but with full-time work it won’t last long, and how can you work without a keyboard? That’s why we have a docking station, which doesn’t differ much from Rapoo E6300:
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Inside the docking station is a full GPU, maybe something comparable to the Tegra K1 or something more powerful on a 16nm chip with passive cooling. That’s enough to run WebGL, indie games and anything more powerful.
On the left side of the dock is a SATA to USB receiver for the 2.5" drive, no matter how you look at it, but a 256GB SSD isn’t enough to store LostFilm shows in good quality. The drive is mechanical, so there is a power off button for it when you want silence. Around the perimeter, like all decent laptops, the standard set of USB, HDMI, Ethernet (over HDMI) and MicroSD ports. And, of course, a large battery that powers the smartphone.
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The connected smartphone, to the right of the docking station, splits its 5" screen in two. The bottom emulates a laptop touchpad. At the top is a small screen on which you can place current system information, quick launch icons or even some program panels.
When you connect a mouse, the screen is fully engaged. And here you can turn around, almost like with a second monitor. Especially if Samsung in 2015 will deliver these flexible OLED panels:
Here we come to the point where you have a mobile workstation, you want to connect it to a 27" monitor or a 4K TV. But we wanted a laptop format, so we’ll continue.
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Here you need a special stand, to which it would be nice to hang good speakers, not Hi-Fi system, of course, but 2 speakers with 45 mm speakers will leave behind laptop squeakers.
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About the screen, you can stop at the usual LCD matrix, but Intel and ARM promise WiGig technology. Why not take advantage of this by turning a 15.4 screen into a tablet, with a rudimentary ARM processor, receiving a WiGig signal from a smartphone?
Footnote I don’t know how convenient it is, but I’ve already ordered an HP Envy X2 15, albeit at a hefty overpayment, I really want to try this version of a huge tablet. Seems to me it should be comfortable for home use.
Notebook constructor
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All that remains is to add a battery to the screen and maybe a small flash card with a Linux-based backup OS, in case the smartphone is unavailable (stolen, broken, lost). And lo and behold, we have a tablet ready that doesn’t have its own OS, it just connects via WiGig to the smartphone as a second screen.
And now put it all together and get the laptop of your dreams :
Notebook constructor
Notebook constructor
The concept is very crude and needs refinement, but I would love to have a laptop like this. I’m even thinking of going into more detail on this topic and going out on Kickstarter. But to do that, I need to find like-minded people who can make a photorealistic rendering, advise on electronics manufacturing in China.
Or maybe just, from your feedback, realize that it’s nonsense and not worth bothering with?
Footnote For example, in my version I had to make the laptop artificially thicker because of the 4x4cm speakers. If it bothers you, you can give them up and the notebook will be as thick as a modern ultrabook.
On the other hand, maybe some manager from HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, Acer, etc. will get hold of the idea and start producing such devices, who knows?

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