Let’s face it; while a touchscreen display and a simplified mobile interface sounds like an easy way to go about your day-to-day tasks, we still prefer to do some stuff on a full-fledged laptop that comes with a keyboard that’s designed to work with ten human fingers and a screen size that we’re used to working with – like for hammering out work emails or enjoying an HD movie without squinting to see details. But what if particularly enjoy your mobile’s apps and interface or you’d rather not deal with a notebook’s price tag or weight? Mobile accessory maker ClamCase just introduced the ClamBook: a device that ties your smart device’s smarts and interface with a laptop’s keyboard and larger screen, basically turning your smartphone or tablet into a mobile workstation.
The ClamBook works like Motorola’s Lapdock, which basically transfers your smartphone’s brains onto a laptop’s shell. The difference here is that the ClamBook offers a whole lot more flexibility with the ability to work with both Android and the iPhone thanks to a standard 30-pin dock connector or an MHL (Mobile High-Definition video Link) port for Android devices that support it. Oh, and it also looks way more awesome, thanks to a slim aluminum body that sports MacBook Air design cues.
Both iPhone and Android users get the ability to play HD movies on the ClamBook’s 16:9 wide aspect ratio screen and hear audio through the device’s built-in 3D Cinema Sound audio tech. For iPhone users, the ClamBook also works with games like Real Racing 2, letting you use the connected phone as a separate motion controller or gamepad while the game is shown in full screen on the ClamBook.
Android users will be able to squeeze a bit more functionality from the ClamBook though. Besides offering support for the MHL interface that allows MHL-supporting Android devices to simultaneously dock and charge, the device also features dedicated Android keys on top of the keyboard. The ClamCase also supports multitouch gestures, letting you control an Android 4.0 device with two-finger scrolling, pinch, zoom and swipes using the built-in trackpad.
ClamCase didn’t give out pricing or definite release dates, but it’s set for a release in time for the holidays.