The first ever truly upgradable laptop has a card up its sleeve

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There’s a new NexDock coming out later this year, a shell of a hybrid laptop which gets its processing brains from either a Windows smartphone, computer board like a Raspberry Pi, plus with this fresh model, support has been added for Intel’s recently revealed Compute Card.

If you didn’t see it, the Compute Card is a credit card-sized computer board boasting a Kaby Lake processor, along with its own memory, storage and wireless connectivity, designed to slot into IoT gadgets like smart fridges, providing an upgradable brain for the device.

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And the new NexDock is simply a shell of a convertible laptop, complete with an HD display, keyboard, touchpad, and interchangeable USB Type-C modules for connectivity – plus it now has a slot for the Compute Card on the side.

Simply insert a Compute Card and it effectively provides the laptop’s hardware innards (and further down the line, it’s an absolute cinch to upgrade – just plug a more powerful card in).

Or as mentioned you can hook it up to a Windows 10 smartphone and use Continuum to provide you with a UI more suitable for desktop work on a laptop – just as with the Mirabook notebook shell we saw earlier this month.

Cunningly convertible

The big differences between the NexDock and the Mirabook are that the former is a 2-in-1 detachable, so it can be a tablet or laptop – plus it has the slot for supporting the Compute Card.

Intel’s computer-on-a-card is expected to launch around the middle of the year, when samples of the NexDock will become available and a crowdfunding campaign for the latter will kick-off, with availability likely due in the second half of 2017.

More hardware spec details and pricing of the NexDock will be revealed in due course.