GPD introduced their latest Pocket 2 mini laptop via a crowdfunding campaign last summer. The device packs a Intel Core m3-7y30 Kaby Lake processor coupled with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, as well as 7″ 1920×1200 display. It’s great if you need an ultra-mobile computer with decent performance, especially it also comes with an HDMI port to connect to a larger display when you sit at a desk, but you’d have to pay around $700 to get one on Amazon, GeekBuying, or other websites.
The company has now launched a cheaper version called “GPD Pocket 2 Amber Black” that goes for $435 and up on Indiegogo. The design is pretty much the same, but price for this version is quite cheaper thanks to the switch to a Celeron 3965Y processor, and 4GB RAM. Performance will be somewhat lower, but according to the company you’ll also gain 2 hours of battery life despite the higher TDP…
GPD Pocket 2 “Amber Black” specifications:
- SoC – Intel Celeron 3955Y dual core / dual thread Kaby Lake-Y processor @ 1.50 GHz with 2MB smart cache, 24EU Intel HD graphics 615 @ 300 MHz / 850 MHz (Turbo); 6W TDP
- System Memory – 4GB LPDDR3
- Storage – 128GB eMMC 5.0 flash storage, micro SDXC slot
- Display – 7″ 1920×1200 IPS panel with touchscreen, Gorilla Glass 4; 16:10 aspect ratio
- Video Output via USB type-C port
- HDMI up to 4096×2304 @ 24 Hz
- DisplayPort up to 4096×2304 @ 60 Hz
- Audio – Built-in speakers and microphone, 3.5mm headphone & mic jack
- Connectivity – Dual band 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n WiFi up to 867 Mbps, Bluetooth
- USB – 2x USB type A ports, 1x USB type C port with data and video (DisplayPort alternate mode)
- User input – QWERTY keyboard, optical finger navigation
- Sensor – Hall sensor
- Battery – 6,800mAh LiPo battery good for about 8~10 hours
- Dimensions – 181 x 113 x 8 to 14 mm (Magnesium alloy shell)
- Weight – 465g
Pocket 2 Amber black also runs Windows 10 64-bit, and ships with a USB-C charger. Shipping is scheduled for January 2019.
Now if you think $450 is still too expensive, and the Atom x5 in the original GPD Pocket (1) is too under-powered, the company will soon launch GPD MicroPC with an Celeron N4100 Gemini Lake processor, and a 6″ HD display for $299. Features like Ethernet and RS-232 ports make the product especially useful for network engineers and sysadmins, but it may also be suitable to others. I’ll cover it in more details once it launches in February 2019.
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