If you think about it, the only difference between most tablets and smartphones is a larger screen, a larger battery and keyboard. The new Migoal TransMaker aims to take those differences away by being able to turn a Galaxy S3 or S4 smartphone into a 10.1 or 11.6-inch tablet notebook.
Unlike the Motorola Lapdock, the TransMaker allows you to slot your phone into the back of the screen but then detach the screen from the keyboard base to give you the option of a large-screen tablet.
Both 10.1 and 11.6-inch models feature I-PS screen technology with 1280×800-pixel and 1920×1080-pixel resolution, respectively.
To handle usage in both laptop and tablet modes, both halves of the TransMaker TR10 (as well as the TR11) come with built-in Lithium-ion batteries – an important feature that ensures you’re not just running down your phone battery power. The tablet/screen section features a 5000mAh battery while the keyboard base comes with a 6000mAh battery.
Both halves of the 10.1-inch version weigh in at just over the 1kg mark with the tablet section weighing 525grams. Add in your Galaxy S3 and you’re looking at around 650grams for the tablet section alone and around 1.15kgs combined with the keyboard. That’s a bit heavier than some dedicated tablet and tablet notebooks but given the versatility of the design, it’s not bad at all.
The TransMaker TR11 is essentially an 11.6-inch version of the same thing but despite the larger screen size, it comes with the same battery capacities in each half. Weight also increases with the tablet section hitting the scales at 620grams, the keyboard half at 780grams. Add in your Galaxy S3 and you’re looking at over 1.5kgs, which is starting to get up there for an 11.6-inch notebook.
In both cases, you get a microUSB port in the tablet section and a USB2.0 host port in the keyboard half – although, having two on the keyboard section would’ve been preferable.
According to cnx-software.com, the TransMaker hasn’t hit the market yet nor are there any pricing details. Expect to see it announced at the IFA Berlin consumer electronics show starting September 6.
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