GPD has largely had the tiny PC market on lock in recent years, but a new entrant is ready to hit the scene: the Topjoy Falcon. Launched today on Kickstarter, the Falcon claims to be the world's first 8-inch 2-in-1 laptop, making it larger than some of GPD's offerings, but still much smaller than your average notebook from the big manufacturers.
On the inside, the Falcon manages to pack in some decent power, considering its size. You'll find an Intel Pentium Silver N5000 processor, which should get through basic tasks like web browsing and working in Microsoft Office with relative ease. There's also 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. And that 8-inch display comes in at a 1920x1200 resolution, which should be plenty sharp given the size.
In terms of ports, there's a single USB Type-C port, one USB Type-A, one HDMI, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The laptop's small size does come with some potential downsides, however. The main catch is that there's not enough room for a traditional trackpad on the base. Instead, you'll navigate your mouse clicks with an optical sensor set between the split spacebar keys. The keyboard also looks to have a unique layout, to say the least.
All told, however, the Falcon is at least an interesting entry for anyone that needs an extremely portable laptop to take on the go. The whole thing only weighs 1.5 pounds, and the touchscreen supports inking with an optional stylus. In terms of battery life, Topjoy is promising up to eight hours between charges.
The Topjoy Falcon is available to back on Kickstarter now, with pledges starting out at $399 for early birds. Shipments are expected to start going out in February, but, as this is Kickstarter, keep in mind that it's always possible that production issues could pop up and delay delivery.
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Need to go through bigger players?
I like the concept.
I have a 7in WIN10 tablet and it's pretty terrible to use. Think I'll wait for Microsoft to release it's foldable device.
That's a tablet, the device in question is a clamshell laptop. Two totally different use cases, plus W10 tablet mode is just terrible. W8 and RT were really good in terms of a tablet UX.
The CoreOS should fix that and bring true dark mode to Windows 10.
Looks like an attempt to go backwards in tech.
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