Continuum Shell Mirabook Also Works With Some Android Phones

Consumer electronics manufacturer Miraxess recently announced its latest offering in the form of the Mirabook, a phone-to-PC solution that's essentially a shell primarily designed for devices with support for Microsoft's Continuum platform. The Mirabook still offers some versatility as it's also compatible with a number of Android smartphones whose manufacturers already developed separate desktop experiences for their offerings, with the company confirming that owners of Samsung's latest flagships are able to take advantage of the shell much like Continuum users. The Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, and the Galaxy Note 8 still connect to the Mirabook using the Samsung Desktop Experience (DeX) station and will provide you with an identical experience, albeit without the hassle of separately plugging in a keyboard and monitor into the dock.

Alternatively, the EMUI Desktop solution Huawei developed for the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro is also compatible with the Mirabook, Miraxess said. Huawei's solution is an even simpler method of connecting a handset to the Mirabook since it only requires a USB Type-C to HDMI adapter. The product itself is essentially a laptop without most internal computer hardware which it doesn't need as it's powered by the smartphone you connect to it. It sports a 13.3-inch FHD display, single HDMI port, 3.5mm headphone jack, SD card reader, and four USB ports, half of which are of the Type-C variety. An integrated keyboard with a trackpad is also part of the package, as is a phone dock and a battery that can last up to 24 hours, depending on whether you're charging your smartphone while using it with the Mirabook or not.

The product still doesn't have a firm release date attached to it but is set to start shipping in May, priced at $249. Besides the aforementioned Android models, it also supports the Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL, HP Elite X3, Acer Liquid Jade, and the Alcatel Idol Pro 4. The overall idea behind the product appears to be relatively similar to the one that inspired Sentio's Superbook whose accompanying Android app just hit the Google Play Store earlier this week. Still, the two solutions are executed in unique manners and are also separated by a $100 price difference.

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