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Korean Spider Concept device docks into laptop, video game controller, tablet

3 years ago 21

A smartphone compatible with a laptop dock? Old news. An Android device that slides into a video game controller? Meh. A tablet-phone? Next. All three combined? You might be on to something.

Announced quietly at IFA (without an event or lawsuit to bolster attention), Korean-based company KT’s Spider Concept is the mother of all docking smartphones. Not only does the Spider Concept fit snugly into a laptop dock (where the actual phone is used as the trackpad!), but the 4.5-inch beast also connects to a video game dock via Bluetooth, slides into the back of a tablet and provides USB host support for attaching a keyboard or mouse. When the device is inserted into the laptop or tablet dock, some small revisions in the UI are automatically made to offer a more refined experience. When being used as a video game controller, a D-pad and four buttons on the form-fitting dock become easily programmable for use with your favorite game. And speaking of games, the Spider Concept should be able to tackle the best of ‘em.

Under the hood, the Spider Concept continues to impress. It comes with Gingerbread, a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage and a 4.5-inch 1280×800 display for some serious pixel density. The Spider Concept also manages to keep things extra slim. At its thickest, the device measures 9.34mm. The Galaxy S II is 8.49mm.

Now that you’re no doubt wiping the drool from your chin, you’ll probably want to know when you can grab one of these bad boys. The Spider Concept is expected to launch in Korea by December at the latest. As for international users, nothing is set in stone. Hopefully we’ll get some good news by the end of the year.

What do you think? Does the Spider Concept tickle your fancy, or is it just another gimmicky device that’ll fly under your radar? Let us know in the comments below.

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