CES took us on a chaotic and exhausting journey, but it was a rewarding one. It showed us many fancy things and much cool stuff. There was, however, Intel’s Compute Card.
The Compute Card – as we discussed – is an interesting idea, but one that requires a lot of convincing. NexDock, thankfully, is one of Intel’s regional partners, and now they are going to put the Compute Card in a laptop, that isn’t really a laptop.
This isn’t NexDock’s first rodeo; just five months ago, the company shipped its very first dock; for its goal of $300,000, its crowdfunding campaign managed to collect 121% of the funding. Since then, the company has been working on building the next version of NexDock – one that completes the company’s vision (as shown in the video above).
Intel’s Compute Card couldn’t have come at a better time; for NexDock, the card presents an exciting opportunity. NexDock’s next dock will be the first product that would put the Compute Card in a “laptop,” but certainly not the last.
The idea of a laptop that is hollow on the inside isn’t new – Miraxess showed something similar at CES just this month; using a PC that’s just slightly bigger than a credit card, however, is quite new. That’s something Miraxess’s offering simply isn’t capable of.
NexDock says the new product will have an HD display “at the minimum” and will continue to support the extensive list of devices that NexDock’s currently-released dock supports.
The currently supported devices include Windows 10 Mobile devices with Continuum, or practically anything that has a computer inside of it and can output with HDMI.
A new crowdfunding campaign will fund NexDock’s next dock; the company wants to align the campaign with the launch of Intel’s Compute Card – that’s sometime in mid-2017.
There is no word on any specifications or pricing.
NexDock’s idea is certainly not new, but it’s also not successful. The lack of performance with such devices has always been a sore point for consumers.
However, Microsoft has successfully demoed x86 apps running on a Snapdragon 835, and there’s apparently an entirely new form factor in the works; combine the two together, and plug it in a laptop that’s not really a laptop – we might just have a winner this time around.