Most arguments against mobile tablets boil down to two things: too little functionality at too high of a price.
Superscreen, a wildly popular new item on Kickstarter, solves at least one of those problems by mirroring your smartphone to a 10.1-inch 2560 x 1600 FHD touchscreen display for the early bird price of $99 USD (around $130 CAD).
The display is 241.8mm long, 172.5mm wide and 7.8mm thick (0.7mm thicker than the iPhone 7, for reference). Internally, it runs on an unnamed 2GHz quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM and contains a 6,000mAh battery with USB-C charging.
Superscreen’s dual high fidelity speakers kick in when your phone is on mute and can hit 88 decibels, adding another entertainment-based bonus to its overall value.
As for connection, Superscreen says it works through an app downloaded on your smartphone and that its “patent pending technology transfers data between your phone at industry leading speeds as far as 100 feet away regardless of obstructions” — transmitting even your cellular data to the device. How does its patent-pending technology do that? The company doesn’t go further into detail, unfortunately, only adding that the Superscreen is compatible with the vast majority of Android and iOS devices and supports Bluetooth 4.1.
The screen also dabbles in the camera game with a 2-megapixel front-facing and 5-megapixel rear-facing camera — a peculiar choice given that the consumer can’t use the Superscreen without their likely much better equipped smartphone nearby.
Considering all that, could the Superscreen have any chance in the tablet market — or as we at MobileSyrup say: is it sticky?
Verdict: Sticky! (aka thumbs up)
At the very least, the Superscreen could be an inexpensive solution for parents and kids in the car and at most — if it can actually provide a seamless, premium experience — the touchscreen display could become the preferred form for next-generation tablets.
On a personal level, though, I still have an old iPad wasting away in a drawer somewhere that I really should pay some attention to before moving on to the next tablet solution.
Note: This post is part of an ongoing series titled Sticky or Not. Sticky or Not began as a series on MobileSyrup’s Snapchat account in which Rose Behar analyzes new and often bizarre gadgets, rating them sticky (good) or not (bad). Now the series is expanding to include articles, because who doesn’t love a quirky new gadget? Make sure to add MobileSyrup on Snapchat to get quick a hit with Rose’s oh-so candid thoughts before it reaches the site.