PatentlyMobile reports that Samsung has applied for a patent which would see a phablet dock with a laptop-like shell to run a desktop-level OS while docked.
The idea is of course close to that of Microsoft’s Continuum for Mobile, which would see high end Windows 10 Mobile handsets run a desktop version of the OS when connected to a large screen. The handset would drive the display and processing, and the screen of the device can act as a glass touchpad.
Samsung’s version is very similar, with the main difference being in Samsung’s patent the phablet would be running Android when not connected and Windows when connected. While we can see a strong case for Windows on the “laptop”, running two different operating systems in both modes would lose a lot of synergies, such as using the same software to edit the document and being able to transition seamlessly from connected to disconnected mode.
Samsung would be doing a lot less work by simply releasing a Windows 10 Mobile phablet and the shell, without having do any coding themselves, which will likely result in a more reliable product.
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