Samsung and LG are reportedly making portable monitors for smartphones
Smartphones these days are so powerful that you can use them for everything from playing demanding games to working on-the-go. However, there are some limitations as to what you can do and how efficiently you can do it on a smartphone. Take document or video editing for an example. Sure, you can get it done on any modern smartphone, but you’ll definitely spend a lot more time twiddling your thumbs on the touch screen than you would while doing the same tasks on a desktop.
In a bid to make the process a bit easier for users, Google introduced a new Desktop Mode in Android 10. This mode essentially allows users to connect their smartphones to a large display and get their work done efficiently. Samsung has offered a similar DeX Mode on its devices for quite a while and its Korean rival LG also introduced a similar experience in its Android 10 software release. Now, in order to make the process even more streamlined, Samsung and LG are working on a portable monitor for smartphones.
As per a recent report from ETNews, Samsung and LG are planning to release portable monitors for smartphones. The monitors are designed to allow users to leverage the computing power of their smartphones to the full potential using the larger display, even while they’re out and about. These upcoming portable monitors will have a lightweight design and will work over both wired and Bluetooth connections. The main goal behind this idea is to provide power users with a larger display for a better experience while watching content on-the-go, editing photos/videos, or getting some work done. Unlike Razer’s Project Linda, the portable display’s from Samsung and LG won’t have a built-in keyboard and will require users to connect their own peripherals.
Samsung has reportedly named its portable display Samsung DeXbook. The device will feature a 14.1-inch FHD display and a 10,000 mAh battery, while still weighing well under 1kg. LG’s counterpart, which it’s calling ‘Cloud Top’, will also offer a 14.1-inch FHD display, but it will feature a smaller 5,000 mAh battery that reduced its weight to just 600 grams. Both the products will be priced anywhere between 400,000-500,000 Won (~$340-420) and they will be launched sometime in the second quarter of 2020.