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:
Many people could use the GPD Pocket in some clever ways. Using a pocket PC on a cramped airline flight could be better than taking out a full laptop. The ability to make the GPD Pocket a desktop PC by adding a full-sized keyboard, mouse and a display is also not only doable but a fun experience. Pairing the GPD Pocket with your smartphone to give it 4G data also makes it more useful for those moments when you just need more computing.
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!
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