With Continuum feature, the Microsoft Display Dock turns your Windows 10 OS running smartphone into a PC
One of the most interesting feature of the upcoming Windows 10 Mobile OS is Continuum. The feature allows users convert a smartphone running the OS into a PC with the aid of a dock. The dock, known as the Microsoft Display Dock was announced alongside the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL.
The Microsoft Display Dock is a portable square-shaped hub, it sports multiple ports – 2 x USB 2.0, USB Type-C, HDMI and DisplayPort over USB-C. It weighs just 230 grams, measures 25.6 x 64.1 x 64.1mm in dimensions and the cable is 100cm (1m) in length.
By docking the Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL or any compatible Windows 10 Mobile smartphone along with peripherals such as external display (monitor), keyboard and mouse, a desktop experience similar to that on tablets, desktop PCS and Laptops but initiated by mobile is created.
The experience is still not the full fledged Windows desktop as the signal strength and battery status of the phone shows on the display (monitor) but it is much near similar. Running universal Windows apps like the Edge browser and Office suite is without hitches but third party apps don’t have that luxury at least for now.
There is no word on pricing and availability of the Microsoft Display Dock but at the moment, it is only compatible with the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL but more smartphones are expected to join the list in the coming periods.