TransMaker Turns a Samsung S3, S4 Smartphone Into a Tablet/Netbook Hybrid

transmaker_01If you like how the Asus Padfone converts a smartphone into a tablet but don’t want to give up your expensive and gorgeous Samsung Galaxy smartphone, then I have a gadget for you.

A Chinese gadget maker by the name of Migoal is now showing off product images for a couple PadFone inspired accessories. The TransMaker lets you plug in either a Samsung S3 or S4 smartphone and use the smartphone’s CPU and camera to power a tablet. Add the optional keyboard dock and you can turn it into a netbook.


The TransMaker TR10 is based around a 10″ capacitive touchscreen. This accessory lacks a CPU so it won’t work without a smartphone slotted into the back, but it does pack in a 5Ah battery and an IPS display with a screen resolution of 1280×800. The TR11 is largely the same tablet only with an 11.6″ screen (1920×1080). It too has the 5Ah battery.

Both models have matching keyboard docks that add a second battery, a full laptop keyboard, and a trackpad.

As you can see in the product images, the smartphone plugs in near the edge. The tablet appear to have a window over the smartphone’s camera, so you should still be able to use both cameras even when docked. That’s a nice touch, IMO.

Migoal has images for the 2 models on their website, but that should be taken with a grain of salt. No blogger has put their hands on it yet, so we don’t know for sure if these gadgets exist. Luckily that should change soon, because the company is reportedly going to launch the TransMaker at IFA-Berlin (next week).

As I pointed out in the lead paragraph, this idea is not all that new. Asus has released several PadPhones over the past couple years, and Motorola introduced and then discontinued a line of Lapdock products that let you use one of their smartphones as the brains for a 10″ or 11″ ultrabook. I saw one at a show and it was thinner than you would expect given that it had a battery, screen, and keyboard.

But one point that the Transmaker has to its advantage is that it works with a pair of fairly popular smartphones. It lets people turn their beloved smartphone into a much more useful gadget rather than, like the Padfone, forcing them to adopt a lesser smartphone.

I would also expect that the Transmaker could have more success than the Motorola Lapdock due to my expectation that more people would want a straight tablet and not a netbook. Asus, for example, sold far more Transformer tablets than the keyboard dock accessory. I know of a bunch of Transformer owners who liked the tablet but saw no reason to turn it into a netbook.


TransMaker TR10 tablet dock

  • 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display
  • Capacitive multitouch
  • Micro USB port
  • 2W mono speaker
  • 5000mAh battery
  • 10.4? x 7.1? x 0.42?
  • 1.2 pounds
  • White, red, or black color options

Detachable keyboard dock (for TR10)

  • QWERTY keyboard with island-style layout
  • Touchpad
  • 130 degree adjustable hinge
  • USB 2.0 port
  • 6000mAh battery
  • 10.4? x 7.1? x 0.45?
  • 1.1 pounds

TransMaker TR11 tablet dock

  • 11.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display
  • Capacitive multitouch
  • Micro USB port
  • 2W speaker
  • 5000mAh battery
  • 12? x 7.6? x 0.45?
  • 1.4 pounds
  • White, grey, black color options

Detachable keyboard dock (TR11)

  • QWERTY keyboard with island-style layout
  • Touchpad
  • 130 degree adjustable hinge
  • USB 2.0 port
  • 6000mAh battery
  • 12? x 7.6? x 0.43?
  • 1.7 pounds


Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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