The new crowdfunded smartphone gadget Superbook from the tech startup Andronium has passed the $1 million mark in its online campaign to start production.
Superbook will function as an extension of any Android smartphone, providing mobile devices’ computing power with the interface, battery life, and keyboard of a standard laptop.
Android devices will connect to the laptop lookalike via a USB cable, and will run through Andronium’s mobile app.
Essentially a massive extension of the phone’s battery and accessability, Superbook will also feature a 1080p resolution screen, multi-touch track-pad, eight hours of battery life, and will be able to charge the smartphone device while in use. Smartbook will also be able to use the smartphone’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and data connectivity.
In Andromium’s promotional video, co-founder Andrew Jiang cited his inspiration for the project: “I was frustrated with having such a powerful smartphone, but with an interface designed purely for mobile use.”
Smartbook will aim to aim to bring the easy file management and browsing capabilities of the desktop hardware in an inexpensive alternative device, starting at only $99.
The campaign will end on Aug. 20, when Smartbook begins moving toward production.
Check out the Kickstarter campaign here.