pinephone mobile dock
#1
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Hi,

for mobile work via terminal/ssh I am looking for a notebook with very long battery life (as long as possible, 20 hours, better more), so a very efficient device (like the pinebook (pro)) makes sense. But unfortunately, the battery capacity is very small (for laptop standards), so the battery lifetime is by far not as good as possible.

But I have a pinephone: the hardware is fast enough for all the applications needed, and it even has an integrated WAN modem :-)
Unfortunately, for the described use case, the battery is too small, the screen is too small, and there is no keyboard.

So there is an interesting idea:
Why not having a "laptop", that consists only of the following components:
– screen (e.g. 13" or 14") (full hd, non glare)
– very high quality keyboard(!)
– very high capacity battery (60-80 Wh)
– some USB ports, and a power connector
– a slot (on the left or right side) for inserting the pine phone  Smile

As soon as the phone is inserted, the screen and keyboard of the laptop is available/enabled to the pinephone, which is then powered/charged from the "laptop" battery... which could easily provide power for 20h, 30h, or even more (also depends on the screen).

Bonus: the top-side of the pinephone slot is "open", the pinephone touchscreen could stay enabled and optionally usable as a second screen (like a non-centered touchpad on the left or right side, but with color screen :-))

Such a "mobile dock" should be easy to realize... and can perfectly replace a laptop and powerbank for many usecases.

Perhaps this idea is not new.... but in case it is: I really hope you like it :-)
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#2
I do quite like this idea. Most of the time I am writing out posts or emails or researching different texts, the PinePhone (pro) works beautifully for this. I would definitely purchase one of these. I was thinking of buying the keyboard but am worried the screen may be a bit small for hours of work on the go. Smile
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#3
I bought a Newmight C621 dock (hdmi/SD/USB) off Amazon and keyboard and mouse work on my PPP, but still can't hdmi to output, nor do I see a GUI way of changing the resolution to work with either my TV or 27" monitor. Tried with Mobian, PostmarketOS, and Manjaro....none seem to want to recognize the new display.
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