This is CES, and there are dozens of billion-dollar-net-worth companies pushing out laptops like there’s no day after tomorrow. Miraxess, however, is a startup with a single product – an interesting idea.
Miraxess is a French startup, and at its CES booth, it’s showing a laptop that’s not really a laptop – a dock, that connects to your Windows 10 Mobile device.
Miraxess has dubbed the dock ‘Mirabook’; it looks like a laptop, but it’s only a shell (with a massive battery inside). There’s also a USB cable built into it on the right side.
Once you open the laptop, you simply connect the USB cable to the phone – you have a computer, ready to use.
The “dock” has a 13.3-inch 1080p display, and weighs just about a kilogram – the same weight as LG’s Gram laptops; most of the weight of the dock comes from the massive battery within. The battery, purely coincidentally, lasts for up to 24 hours – just like LG’s Gram laptops.
The Windows 10 Mobile device is what will power this dock, but the dock will also charge the mobile device with its massive battery – it’s a symbiotic relationship.
The dock also has two USB-C ports, an HDMI port, and an SD card slot with support for up to 128 GB SD cards.
The ultimate mobile device
The beauty of a dock such as this is that it’s as powerful as the mobile device you connect to it; the dock, therefore, is quite useless at the moment.
However – there’s the ultimate mobile device. Once Microsoft has x86 apps running on ARM processors, and the recently announced Snapdragon 835 gains mass adoption; there are going to be a lot of very capable mobile devices.
If Microsoft is successful in getting some traction with Windows 10 on mobile, this dock could prove to be an early adopter’s dream come true.
Pricing & Availability
Miraxess is a startup, which unfortunately means it has very little money to work with.
The company plans to put the Mirabook on Indiegogo as a crowdfunding campaign and expects the device to cost about $300.
The crowdfunding campaign is expected to begin in March or April of 2017.