Stuffing a full-fledged computer into a device that looks like it’s just a keyboard? That’s old hat.
But Chinese device maker Pipo is breathing new life into the idea by stuffing a PC into a travel-sized, folding keyboard.
Notebook Italia spotted the new Pipo KB2 at the HKTDC fair.
Update: Device maker Vensmile seems to have a virtually identical computer-in-a-folding-keyboard called the Vensmile K1.
At first glance, the computers looks like portable Bluetooth keyboards that you can fold up and slide into your bag when not in use… but they’re a little thick for portable keyboards.
That’s because behind the keys you’ll find an Intel Atom x5-Z8300 Cherry Trail processor, up to 4GB of RAM, up to 64GB of storage, an 802.11ac WiFi module, Bluetooth, and everything else you need to run Windows 10.
There’s a USB 3.0 port, an HDMI port, a micro USB port, and an audio jack on one side of the keyboard, and a USB 2.0 port on the other.
Notebook Italia says there’s also a 2,500 mAh battery under the hood, which should let the computer keep running for a few hours even when it’s not plugged in.
Pipo plans to begin selling the KB2 in May. Pricing hasn’t been revealed yet.
Here’s a demo video showing the Pipo KB2:
And here’s one that looks at the Vensmile K1: