Recently, Microsoft announced the Duo – a dual-screen Android device that it plans to launch next year.
LG has also recently released the G8X ThinQ – a dual-screen smartphone that you can buy now. Now, a new Indiegogo campaign for a phone case called CastAway promises to add similar functionality to almost any Android and iOS smartphone.
The campaign launched today and has a reasonable goal of fundraising $ 50,000. It should come in many different colors and two sizes – a 5.8-inch version and a 6.3-inch version.
The phone case will come in two parts, a standard case the user will keep their phone inside, and the other part will have a second screen.
The screen will be physically connected to the user’s smartphone by a 360-degree magnetic hinge, and they will communicate via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
What is interesting about this device is that it will be powered by Chrome OS. The team that developed the CastAway phone case claimed that it would technically be the world’s smallest Chromebook after its release, and also developed an open-source app called Multitask Plus that keeps the phone case and device connected.
The case will come with its own battery, SD card slot, and even a headphone jack. The CastAway team told us that the device should last up to 10 hours on a single charge.
We are not entirely sure that CastAway will ever fall into the hands of consumers. So far, only a few sketches of the device are rendered and there are very few technical details.
The fact that the device comes in only two sizes also concerns us.
The CastAway team states that the phone case should work with 95% of devices as the form factor should not be an issue.
That arbitrary number has little evidence to back it up, and simply claiming that the devices will work does not mean they will.
If the campaign is successful, the 5.8-inch version will eventually retail for $ 249, and the 6.3-inch version will go for 269. Backers will get their devices for $ 189 and $ 199 respectively.
As is the case with any crowdfunding project, it is not a guaranteed product. But, if all goes according to plan, the equipment should ship in the spring of 2020.