The weeks slip by, but the NexDock 2 is still coming...

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The latest NexDock 2 project update has the accessory arriving with backers in the first week of December, ironically just in time for you to be able to use it with your Lumia 950, IDOL 4 Pro or HP Elite x3 for a few days before Microsoft delivers the final OS patch and support is terminated. Sigh. On the bright side, a) Windows 10 Mobile won't just stop working, and b) the NexDock 2 will work with many replacement smartphones you might acquire, notably any Samsung flagship from the last few years. I'll report back on compatibility once I receive mine!

The NexDock 2 accessory with a Samsung Galaxy Fold...

We still haven't shown any images of a NexDock 2 with a Windows 10 Mobile handset plugged in, but I'm 99% certain that it will 'just work' with Continuum.

From Kickstarter:

We booked our tickets to Shenzhen for the 17th of November to witness the final assembly, quality inspections and the shipping of NexDocks.

We had a small delay due to power adapters, which will be delivered to the factory one week later than anticipated.  Obviously, we need all parts to be delivered to have complete kits before shipment.

As this is the first mass production of Nexdocks, our ODM suggested that we start the assembly with a batch of 500 units and subject it to a detailed quality check. We will continue with the balance of the units once this process is completed.

Delivery Schedule

As of today, the estimated delivery schedule of NexDocks is below:

  • 3rd week November – The assembly and the QA inspection of the first 500-unit batch
  • 4th week of November  - The start of the shipping of the first batch.
  • 1st week of December - The assembly of the balance of the units
  • 2nd week of December – The shipment of the final batch

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