Further delays for NexDock 2, but it's still coming... honest!

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The production updates continue for the NexDock 2, from its Kickstarter page. As a reminder, this is a full Continuum/DeX laptop shell/dock and was originally scheduled to arrive last month. Now we're looking at the second week of November 2019. Oh well. Ironically for Windows 10 Mobile users, the dock will only now arrive a short while before Microsoft stops official updates for the OS itself. Happily, there's the world of Samsung's DeX to explore as well, plus equivalents from Huawei and (maybe) Google, one day.

From Kickstarter:

Here is the latest update on the final production of NexDocks. We've received first pre-production samples and hardware is looking good.

The production continues without any issues. Nevertheless, we found out that our ODM was too optimistic about production planning. As of today, we are 6 weeks behind schedule and will therefore start shipping NexDocks after the 2nd week of November.

Main reasons for this 2nd delay are the whole week of national holidays in China last week, the shell supplier’s decision to move to a new factory (which delays shipments by 2 weeks) and some smaller problems that we have no control over. We can only hope that we will not have any issues going forward.

...We also have some good news:

We will provide a 60W PD charger instead of a 45W one. The improved charger will not only charge your NexDock faster but can also be used for many other USB-C devices including laptops that have USB-C charging.

We will also be able to upgrade the battery of NexDock to 47 Wh instead of the originally planned 38 Wh one. This will improve the working hours of NexDock around 30%.

Excellent news on the power supply and battery front - this almost makes the delay worth waiting for, I think. The category of 'lap docks' is one that's yet to really take off, but I still think this NexDock 2 could be the one to beat.

Although this post is on Kickstarter, updating backers, the NexDock 2 itself is now firmly in 'Pre-order' status, at a extremely reasonale $229 plus shipping. I still think it could be a game changer for many people - perhaps a bit late in the day for Windows 10 Mobile, though it will provide a useful plaything for Lumia owners, but definitely pointing the way to a phone-centric future for the likes of the DeX system under Samsung and Android.

From my launch article:

The idea is to plug in via USB Type C and have the entire OS/UI extended to the lap dock screen (while the phone screen acts independently). No need for Bluetooth or wired mouse or keyboard, no need for a separate charger or power source. Just plug in and all your phone's apps and accounts and files are ready for big-screen use, all in a package no bigger than a typical Macbook. 

Source / Credit: Kickstarter