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Photos: Spider Phone - the mobile that thinks it's a smartphone, a tablet and a laptop

Meet the Android handset that wants to be all things to all gadget lovers...
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By Natasha Lomas on
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Meet the Android handset that wants to be all things to all gadget lovers...

Meet Spider Phone. It may look just like any other touchscreen Android smartphone on the market today but the KT device, demoed at the IFA trade show earlier this month, has been designed to transform into a variety of other gadgets - by docking into dumb terminals that mimic the form factor of gadgets such as tablets and laptops.

Having a hybrid smartphone that can transform into other devices can reduce hardware costs and simplify data management across lots of devices, reckons KT.

The 4.5-inch touchscreen smartphone packs a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, which the operator says is capable of supporting fast document editing. However, for the full-fat document-editing experience, you'll also need to plug the Spider Phone into something like this...

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Here's a concept design for a Spider Phone laptop dock. The smartphone would dock into the front of the peripheral where a laptop's nav-pad would be, giving the mobile worker all the real estate of a laptop screen to edit documents on.

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Here are two more concept companions for Spider Phone. Pictured on the right is a 10.1-inch screen to turn the smartphone into a fully fledged tablet, while on the left is a handheld gaming kit to add gaming controls to the Spider Phone.

The Spider Phone is not the first would-be changling gadget. Earlier this year kit maker Asus unveiled a concept device called the Padfone: a smartphone with a tablet-style dock.

Mobile maker Motorola has also developed a laptop dock and desktop-esque UI for its Android-powered Atrix smartphone.

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The Spider Phone itself is due for launch in South Korea in November. KT envisages third-party companies making a range of companion gadgets for the device once it has launched - such as the laptop dock and gaming controller - depending on consumer demand.

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