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Someone wants to build a Windows PC that’s also an Android smartphone

It might be one of the coolest things to hit crowdfunding site Indiegogo. Meet Trinity, an ARM-based, Android-powered smartphone that also doubles as a traditional personal computer.

Indeed, it runs Windows 10 on a second Intel-based processor with its own memory and storage. Physically, it looks like a rugged smartphone but bulkier with a 19mm thickness, that’s partly because of the plethora of connectors onboard. The device comes with two HDMI ports and two full size USB ports but no micro USB or audio ports. 

You do get a pair of speakers though to quench your thirst for sound. Trinity can be controlled via a 5-inch touchscreen display; sadly its limited resolution (800 x 480 pixels) means that you won’t be able to run Windows 10 on it. In stead, you'll need to connect a monitor via the HDMI out port of the device if you want to run the latest version of Windows. Note that you can only make calls on the Android smartphone, not on the Windows one. The two biggest stumbling blocks though are the price (north of $699 - £561 or AU$931) and delivery (December 2017). 

Great for business

Clearly Trinity is an interesting proposal and we expect others to follow suit. Both businesses and end users are likely to love the concept since it could improve efficiency while lowering costs.

The Gole Gole1 portable PC is a potential candidate for such a transformation and we fully expect smartphone vendors like Samsung (with the S8) or HP (with the Elite range) to come up with hybrid solutions that combine both Android and Windows (or Windows mobile).

The crowdfunding process, which has just been launched, aims to pull in $767,000 (about £617,000, $1,021,000).

Desire Athow

Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Then followed a weekly tech column in a local business magazine in Mauritius, a late night tech radio programme called Clicplus and a freelancing gig at the now-defunct, Theinquirer, with the legendary Mike Magee as mentor. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware and staunchly refuses to stop writing reviews of obscure products or cover niche B2B software-as-a-service providers.