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The ClamBook: Laptop-like functionality comes to your smartphone

Typing on a tablet can be a slow affair for some, which is why so many manufacturers have been designing keyboard solutions for those times when you need to bash out something fast.

Typing on a smartphone, however, is even more cumbersome, the tiny letters so close together that for the sausage-fingered among us, trying to hit the right key can turn into a test of patience that for the truly short-tempered sometimes ends with the device being hurtled out of a window closely pursued by a few choice expletives.

California-based consumer electronics design outfit ClamCase has — like many other companies — been working on a solution and come up with the ClamBook, a lovely looking laptop-like device providing smartphone users with a full-size QWERTY keyboard, trackpad and widescreen display.

Resembling Apple’s ultra-slim MacBook Air, the ClamBook receives data from your handset through an MHL cable, which serves to charge your phone at the same time.

It’s able to have that wafer-thin look simply because there’s hardly anything inside it. “ClamBook’s processing happens on your smartphone, so it runs cool as cucumber,” the company says on its website.

The super-slender device is compatible with the iPhone and Android handsets, with some neat functionality for those with Ice Cream Sandwich-powered phones — the ClamBook’s trackpad responds to two-finger scrolling, pinch, zoom and swiping through apps.

It’s not certain how ClamCase’s product will cope with apps designed for small screens, with any stretching likely to leave them virtually unviewable. Still, assuming the display delivers a decent rendition of what’s on your smartphone screen, it could well prove popular with those looking for a dock with a difference.

If anyone’s interested in getting their hands on one of these, unfortunately you’ll have to wait. According to the site, the ClamBook — for which no price is currently given — will be available this coming holiday season. If you’re really keen, you can sign up to receive notification of when it becomes available.