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ClamCase announces ClamBook Android and iPhone laptop dock

ClamCase announces ClamBook An...
The ClamBook promises to super-size your smartphone experience
The ClamBook promises to super-size your smartphone experience
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The ClamBook promises to super-size your smartphone experience
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The ClamBook promises to super-size your smartphone experience
ClamBook boasts a HD LED backlit display, a full-size keyboard and a multi-touch trackpad, in addition to what ClamCase call "3D Cinema Sound" speakers
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ClamBook boasts a HD LED backlit display, a full-size keyboard and a multi-touch trackpad, in addition to what ClamCase call "3D Cinema Sound" speakers
Rather than plugging directly into the ClamBook, smartphones appear to sit aside the unit, with an assumed increase in flexibility
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Rather than plugging directly into the ClamBook, smartphones appear to sit aside the unit, with an assumed increase in flexibility
The ClamBook's slim aluminum styling bears more than a passing resemblance to the MacBook Air
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The ClamBook's slim aluminum styling bears more than a passing resemblance to the MacBook Air
This implementation of the ClamBook whets our gaming appetite
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This implementation of the ClamBook whets our gaming appetite
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As smartphones become increasingly powerful and the vast repository of available apps expands, many users are warming to the idea of utilizing the tiny computer in their pocket to perform more useful tasks than checking Facebook or battling irritated avians. One of the main obstacles to mobile productivity using these devices is the lack of a screen and keyboard big enough to allow comfortable use. With this in mind, ClamCase has revealed its upcoming ClamBook laptop dock, a stylish laptop shell which promises to super-size your smartphone experience.

The ClamBook boasts a 13.3-inch, 16:9 HD LED backlit display, a full-size keyboard (with dedicated Android keys), 3D Cinema Sound and multi-touch trackpad - all of which comes packed into a neat little aluminum package which bears more than a passing resemblance to the MacBook Air. Indeed, the ClamBook is actually slimmer than a MacBook Air, making this laptop dock a very portable alternative to your average notebook.

The ClamBook's slim aluminum styling bears more than a passing resemblance to the MacBook Air
The ClamBook's slim aluminum styling bears more than a passing resemblance to the MacBook Air

While the ClamBook announcement follows in the wake of existing devices such as the Motorola Atrix 4G, this gadget appears to go further in order to allow both iPhones and those Android devices that run Ice Cream Sandwich to dock with the case. In addition, the ClamBook is something of a looker, with that svelte aluminum body leaving Motorola's Atrix 4G appearing slightly dated.

That said, the ClamBook is happy to make use of Motorola's Ubuntu-based Webtop application to give users with compatible devices the kind of full desktop experience that comes from using software like Firefox, the Gmail web app and a complete file manager.

This implementation of the ClamBook whets our gaming appetite
This implementation of the ClamBook whets our gaming appetite

Connectivity is handled with a dual-method: the ClamBook's keyboard connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth and the display is hooked up via a USB connector cable, which is designed to allow the output of HD video while simultaneously charging your device and rendering compatible apps fullscreen through the use of MHL technology.

The finer details of how exactly all the features mentioned above work are not yet clear and until we get our hands on a unit, we won't know for sure whether ClamBook can live up to its promise - but we're intrigued, to say the least.

The price of the ClamBook is yet to be announced and ClamCase is currently citing "Holiday 2012" as the U.S. release-date for the ClamBook, with additional countries expected to follow.

Source: ClamCase

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5 comments
Rexmano
How soon before lawyers from Apple come knocking? This is the MacBook Air.
MBadgero
Good plan. Wait six months to go into production so that I will have several other choices that will be competing with it by then.
Rich Brumpton
MBadgero, too late, this is the commodity market response to the ATRIX laptop dock http://www.gizmag.com/motorola-atrix-4g/17521/ (unless you count RedFly), Moto got a bit of a lead, but this was bound to happen. Given the release time frame I'm pretty sure that they are going to have more competition.
Harpal Sahota
This option and transformation has just made me decide NOT to buy an Ipad! Can't wait!!!
I've always admired the MacBook Air, and yep i would definitely buy this, especially as new phones are Quadcore, thus, as powerful as a new spec Macbook Air, plus, a lot cheaper than paying out $2100 dollars. I just hope the battery life is good!?!
Edgar Joel
If this would work for an xbox 360 im getting one.Buy a HDMI INPUT and play xbox on it. :)