KT Spider Laptop aims to turn your Android handset into a netbook
KT's Spider Laptop accessory aims to turn your Android phone to turn into a workstation
Korea Telecom (KT) has revealed its plans for the Spider Laptop, an accessory for Android devices that aims to do what Motorola's Laptop Dock has consistently failed to achieve.
At first glance the device may look like an ordinary laptop, but in actual fact it doesn’t have much in the way of conventional computing hardware inside – there’s no processor, memory or operating system, for instance.
The idea is that your Android smartphone does all the thinking while the laptop dock is merely a new way of interacting with said device through its keyboard, touchpad and larger screen. We're not sure if the display is a touchscreen or a regular one at this point.
It’s not a new concept, we’ve seen similar stuff with Asus’ Padfone and Motorola’s Atrix dock before, but to be fair it’s not as if this is new territory for KT either as last year we saw the company’s plans for the KT Spider device, a phone, tablet, laptop and gamepad all-in-one.
This time things are a little different, however, as it’s intended to be compatible with multiple Android smartphones rather than one specific model.
KT has equipped the Spider Laptop with some specially made software and has patented its own MHL cable technology to link the device to your phone.
At present we’ve seen a press shot of the Spider Laptop connected to a Samsung Galaxy S3, but according to reports the company intends to expand compatibility with other makes and models.
It'll also feature a few extra ports for things like USB mice and other accessories and will be powered by an 8000mAh battery pack.
There’s no word on availability plans either inside or outside of South Korea at this point, but the device was unveiled at IFA 2012 in Berlin and KT has said it intends to introduce a model with a budget price point to stay competitive.
It also has plans to pen deals with phone manufacturers which could see a variety of designs introduced across a range of regions and price points.
We’ll bring you more as we hear it.