With nearly one week until its epic Kickstarter comes to an end, Andromium’s Superbook has successfully secured over $1.9 million from nearly 7,800 backers. The California startup took to the crowdfunding giant’s platform last month to raise only $50,000 for the device, which is described as a smart laptop shell that consists of an 11.6″ HD screen, keyboard, and multi-touch trackpad.
Superbook offers over 8 hours of battery, phone charging capabilities and will always be connected through the user’s phone data, Wifi, and Bluetooth. The creators of the device revealed it gives users the freedom to do more without needing a laptop, and there will be no need to sync files or applications again. Users can web browse, answer emails, edit documents, create presentations, play games, and even write codes. The company also noted that all features and capabilities of Superbook will always be compatible with Samsung Galaxy/Note, LG, Nexus, HTC, Sony Xperia, Blu, Huawei (and many more) even if the user upgrades their Android phone.
The Superbook basic (which will be gold) is available on Kickstarter for $99 and will include a one connector cord. Those who get the special Super for $159 will be able to choice between Gold and Blue colors and will receive a connector cord, full accessories bundle, and a universal side mount. The backers who go for the Superbook special will also be added to the Andromium Beta Access Club and have access to the new and experimental features of the company’s app.
As previously reported, the company has already launched its 2M stretch gal perk or a free solid color skin for the Superbook and a 2.5M stretch goal perk 1080p and Backlit Option ($25 added cost upgrade, on top of 1080p upgrade). Andromium responded to backers who “expressed disappointment at the possibility of having to pay for both the backlit keys upgrade on top of the 1080p screen upgrade when you only want the screen upgrade” by conducting a survey with over 3,000 responses, with 87% indicating their likelihood of opting for the 1080p upgrade.
“Thus–after a lot of deliberation–we decided that the best thing we could do to satisfy as many people as possible would be to provide 3 levels of product: 1) Basic, 2) 1080p upgrade, and 3) 1080p+Backlit combo upgrade. However, this comes with 1 catch – we can only provide the 3rd SKU with enough volume. (We know, there’s always a catch!) To accomodate for this new volume requirement we decided to move back the backlit keys upgrade as a stretch goal for when we reach $2.5M in funding.”
Superbook’s campaign will close on August 20th.
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