The GPD Pocket is one of the first attempts at bringing back the Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC) form factor to enthusiasts. I recently reviewed the GPD Pocket in all its glory, but due to popular request have assembled a quick video look at the surprisingly fantastic device.
GPD Pocket revisted
For a recap, the GPD Pocket is an Indiegogo funded project by GPD, who also made the teeny GPD Win – a pocketable gaming PC. The difference here between the GPD Win and GPD Pocket is the latter sports a full, albeit cramped, keyboard instead of D-pads and gaming buttons.
GPD Pocket tech specs
|Display||7-inch IPS multi-touch|
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
|Display resolution||1920 x 1200|
|Software||Windows 10 Home 64-bit|
|Processor||Intel Atom x7-Z8750 at 1.6 GHz (Turbo 2.56 GHz)|
|Storage||128 GB eMMC|
|Memory||8 GB LPDDR3-1600|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 405|
200 MHz base; 600 MHz burst
|Ports||1x USB Type-C 3.0|
1x USB Type-A 3.0
HDMI D Type
3.5mm headset jack
|Sensors||Gravity Sensor, Hall Sensor|
Bluetooth Wireless 4.1 technology
|Battery size||7,000 mAh Li-Po|
|Battery life||12 hours of use (estimated)|
|Weight||0.48 kg (1.06 lbs)|
|Dimensions||180mm x 106mm x 18.5mm|
Now available from Amazon and GearBest the GPD Pocket is by no means cheap, nor a suitable laptop replacement, but it sure does pack a punch for its size. It's also a lot of fun to use!
The big downfall of the GPD Pocket is the keyboard. While an excellent design there is just too much to pack into a too little space. You'll have to hunt and peck to type on this and while it is nice to have in a pinch banging out an email or message for Facebook is difficult.
The crowning jewel of the GPD Pocket, though, is the 7-inch 1920 x 1200 IPS touch display. It's just gorgeous, and it makes watching movies, Sling, or YouTube videos a joy. Granted, you'll use the GPD Pocket like a laptop meaning that 7-inch display will be further from your face than a smartphone, but it's still impressive.
A pocketable PC is fun
I can't recommend anyone buy the GPD Pocket over a real laptop, but for those with some extra cash looking for something unique I think the GPD Pocket is a blast.
As I wrote in my review:
Combined with the relatively powerful ports including a Type-C, Type-A, and a micro HDMI port and Bluetooth you could turn the GPD Pocket into a full desktop computer. After all, it does pack 8GB of RAM too.
Either way, I'm thrilled with two things when it comes to the GPD Pocket. One that a company like GPD can make something this awesome without being a large PC manufacturer, and what the future holds for mobile computing. We're on the cusp of having truly portable Windows 10 PCs that we can carry around, and the GPD Pocket is a quick glimpse into that future.
How do you think GPD can improve upon its Pocket PC? Is there such a future for these devices? Let me know in comments!
Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.
Shrink that baby down a touch and give it a phone/messaging app setup and kiss my phone good bye!
Yup, same thought here.
That is the path that MSFT is traveling down with their mobile strategy. Pretty much everyone has a phone that can "sometimes" mimic what a computer can do, but no one has a computer that can also make calls!
Might get it if there's no keyboard (or if it's detachable / you can fold it 180) just so that I can dock it on my gamepad. Now I'll just putting my hope on win10.arm.
oh god. Netbooks 2.0!!!
Not really, the specs on this are quite good.
Netbooks on release day, were fairly good for it's time.... The HP ones, and they were a solid little computer with what looks like a far better keyboard than this has.. Yea, got one sitting in a plle in my closet... It's not that it's too slow, the display is too small to be usefull..
I really can't see how much this is going to be useful for me. I mean, it looks inconvenient to use and I might just purchase a windows 2 in 1 tablet. Hmmm not unless this has a docking station such as the dell and hp enterprise laptops then I might give this a thought.
Microsoft should seriously consider releasing "XBox Switch". Recently I saw quite many people playing Nintendo Switch. While console gaming offers superior video quality, those serious gamers still want to play their games outdoor, despite the lower video quality. I am not a fan of those casual mobile games on iOS & Android. But I would be very happy if If I can play my favourite XBox games on a mobile device, with a physical controllers instead of a touch screen. That market is much bigger than many would expect.
That is the great thing about Direct-X (the subsystem of the entire Xbox, yea, just like your PC). It's very scalable. So what your talking about is very possable. Just a lower end device, playing the same exact game, just not as good looking. Right now, your options are there but, very litmied. If you have some play anywhere games, you could use a Windows 10 device (tablet ?) and a Xbox one controller and play portable... There are a FEW gaming type tablets out there.
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