With NexDock the smartphone turns into a small computer. Photo

Intel provides the Intel Compute Card and NexDock the second generation of notebook dock. From their union comes a mini laptop

NexDock is not a real laptop, but a dock station - with screen, keyboard and integrated battery - which, until yesterday, allowed to connect a smartphone and use it with the typical comfort of a laptop. The second generation evolves and, thanks to Intel's Compute Card, becomes a kind of tablet with detachable keyboard.

NexDock is the brainchild of Nex Computer, which in 2016, through a fundraiser on Kickstarter that had yielded about $300,000, had managed to produce the first generation of this "shell" for smartphones. Now it tries again, but it has Intel's Compute Card as an ace up its sleeve so it returns to knock on the doors of the crowdfunding platform with an evolution of its dock with the hope of repeating last year's exploit. The Santa Clara-based company's device is, instead, a micro PC little bigger than a credit card that will act as the "brain" for the new version of NexDock.

The Nex Computer Idea

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This second generation of the NexDock will also lack a processor, memory, storage and operating system, but will include - obviously - a slot to accommodate Intel's Compute Card, a display with HD (or higher) resolution, a comfortable keyboard, a touchpad, a battery and a USB Type-C port to connect, eventually, other devices such as the Raspberry Pi, and will continue to support Windows 10 Mobile via the Continuum concept.

Intel's idea

Intel's Compute Card - small (95 x 55 mm) and only 5 mm thin - was born, at least initially, as a device to make home appliances and IoT products "smart," not so much notebooks and desktops. It's more like Nex Computer that saw in this Santa Clara innovation the perfect component for the second generation of its NexDock. The Intel Compute Card, in fact, is a complete system of CPU, GPU, RAM, internal memory, wireless connection in a form factor of Lilliputian dimensions. Intel, finally, intends to produce its mini concentrate of technology in various configurations able to satisfy the most varied needs of potential users.

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