The GPD Pocket is a tiny laptop computer with a 7 inch full HD display, an Intel Atom processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. It supports Windows 10 or Ubuntu 16.04, and the computer weighs less than 1.1 pounds.

GPD first revealed plans for the Pocket in January. Now the company is getting ready to launch a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.

Starting February 15th you’ll be able to reserve a GPD Pocket for a pledge of $399.

The suggested retail price is $599, but it’s likely that it will sell for less than that.

GPD has been making Android-powered handheld gaming devices for several years, and the company launched its first Windows product in 2016. The GPD Win has a list price of $499, but typically sells for closer to $350.

While the GPD Win has a 5 inch screen and a design that looks sort of like a Nintendo DS crossed with a laptop, the new GPD Pocket looks more like a laptop or UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC). In fact, it looks like one in particular: the Sony Vaio P.

But while Sony hasn’t updated the Vaio P lineup in years, the GPD Pocket has fairly modern specs, including:

  • 7 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel IPS display with 323 pixels per inch
  • Intel Atom x7-Z8700 quad-core processor
  • 4GB LPDDR3-1600 RAM
  • 128GB eMMC storage
  • 7,000 mAh battery (12 hours battery life estimated)
  • Unibody magnesium alloy case with active cooling (there’s a fan)
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • USB 3.0 Type-C
  • USB 3.0 Type-A
  • micro HDMI
  • 3.5mm headphone jack

The computer measures 7.1″ x 4.2″ x 0.7″ and features a QWERTY keyboard with a pointing nub in the center instead of a touchpad. There’s no palm rest area to speak of.

While the GPD Win was aimed at folks who wanted a mobile gaming device, the GPD Pocket is designed as more of a mobile productivity machine. It has the same processor, but the larger keyboard should make typing easier… and the lack of gaming buttons means that you might want to connect a game controller if you want to play PC games.

The GPD Pocket’s diminutive size makes it stand out in a crowded laptop market: when the lid is closed, the computer isn’t much larger than some smartphones. But another thing that sets it apart is the choice of Windows or Ubuntu operating systems. GPD plans to offer both options, but does not plan to ship a dual-boot version with both operating systems pre-installed.

thanks Victor C!



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55 replies on “GPD Pocket 7 inch laptop crowfunding campaign starts Feb 15th”

  1. This machine is going to be EPIC! I might even pre-order one, but definitely getting one after release.

  2. This reminds me of early Toshiba Porteges or even the Atari Portfolio. My eyes can’t handle that small of a screen anymore, but I’m sure it’s perfect for some people,

  3. I really, really want to buy this, but crashing/freezing issues with my GPD Win and a lack of responsiveness from the manufacturer regarding hardware issues does not provide encouragement…though to be fair, I’ve been craving a device like this ever since I first saw the Vaio P, so I may cave pretty quickly once the pre-order pops up. But still, I wasn’t 100% satisfied with how they handled the Win (shipping delays, non-IGG backers getting their units first, the slowest onboard storage of any device I’ve ever used, shoddy heatsink) and it’s worth noting that even though they’re an established manufacturer, their track record isn’t spotless.

    (Also, Brad — the last image is a PocketCHIP? I’m sure it just came up by accident due to “Pocket” in the name.)

    1. You can try disable Turbo frequency in BIOS, not a good “solution” but I have done it since day 2 I think, and my GPD Win never crashes.

      1. Sadly, this doesn’t work for me — mine still crashes with Turbo disabled. I spent a couple of days tweaking BIOS settings to minimize crashes, but it still craps out from time to time.

  4. Not including a multi-touch panel is probably a mistake for something like this. I guess a BT mouse is a must.

    1. If you check their web site, it says IPS multi-touch screen with gorilla 3 glass. Normally the use of Gorilla glass is associated with a touch screen, but not always.

    2. From my experience with ThinkPad, TrackPoint is way better than Windows TrackPad.

  5. This device looks perfect for the linux on the go user. I’ll be looking for the indiegogo campaign.

  6. Atom x7-Z8700 needs an active fan to be remotely useable. You are going to feel a burning hot brick in your hand.

    (All “fanless” Voyo/Vensmile/Ainol/Meegopad models struggle to stay alive)

      1. I am really curious: do you think there is a market for it if it has a fan?
        Supposedly that will create noise and will decrease the battery life. Personally I won’t be interested in a handheld with an active fan but I’m never in majority, so really curious to know what everybody thinks.

        1. The last GPD unit overheated using the Atom 87xx series, so I think is wise to use a fan, even that I don’t like it. Seems constrains of using a small chassis for the 7 inch laptop.

        2. I agree that a fan is a must-have here but personally I preferred they made this fanless with a powerful ARM chip and put Ubuntu on it, rather than going with an Atom.

        3. I’m not in the hurry to get these.
          So i’m waiting for Ryzen and Winddows 10 ARM to see if more of such products enter this category.

        4. Agreed. It’s interesting to wait and see if the MID form factor reincarnates itself.

  7. I was waiting for a Vaio P refresh for years. And judging by the keyboard ‘layout’ pics I’ll wait a decade more.

    Come on, who cares about CPU, RAM or even architecture when you can’t touch type on it? We are here for a keyboard, otherwise we’d buy tablets long ago. Please deliver a saner keyboard; without it the form-factor is just like my Sony Z Ultra crossed with my Vaio P, only worse than both.

    1. Yeah, I just checked — the Vaio P was 9.45″ wide, so 2.35″ wider than this guy. That meant a keyboard that was surprisingly large for such a tiny machine. They were fantastic ultramobile typing platforms. I’d love another one with almost any modern internals, so long as it could run a decent text editor.

      1. They still are, if you tap into a source of new batteries, forget their unrepairability and login remotely to powerful machines to do any heavy work, which even starts to include web browsing.

    2. I got so excited before I read your comment:/

      I still want my UMPC, but it needs to be properly usable.

    3. This is still sort of aiming more at the palmtop crowd than the netbook crowd, so yeah…

  8. Wow, my dream device. I’ve been wanting a device like this for a while. Sadly I just bought a laptop, and probably won’t get into the Indiegogo. If this is available after the crowdfunding, I’ll be very interested.

    1. People will really gonna have to get in there on 15th like really good for this to continue further past the crowdfunding so yeah I’m hoping for that too.

      Especially if it’s ever gonna arrive to my country…

      1. Something tells me they won’t have much trouble reaching their funding goal. As long as they come up with a better keyboard layout

  9. I’d rather they improve the GPD Win with a more thumbable keyboard and fix the quality/build issues.

    1. Same. I’d rather GPD make the Win more usable as a handheld device (ie. no table/lap). Just like the old OQO UMPCs (unfortunately also had overheating issues):
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/

      I’d also prefer if they made a non-gaming Win. Those game controls just takes up space for those who don’t game on PCs.

  10. Superbook?? Am I the only one who would rather use a superbook? With ssh I can already do anything that I want remotely.

    1. Superbook is quite bigger. At least in two times.
      And superbook can offer Android apps, while this one would offer Win10 and Linux too.

  11. I loved the vaio P — but ah, dang, why’d they move the trackpoint down and ditch the middle button? Though their lower-right keys layout might be better; it took me a while to get used to the Vaio P’s shift/up arrow arrangement.

  12. Something this size, with a rollover cable, would be awesome for the datacenter.

  13. I wonder if they’ve given up on the GPD XD2 in favor of the Win and Pocket? I’ve spent a lot of time with my XD these past couple weeks while fighting a cold… still think there’s a market for a slightly improved version.

    1. They are still planning to make the XD2, they are just waiting on the SOC to be in full swing before they make it,. Supposedly later this year according to GPD. I’d imagine they will use the RK3399

  14. what a mess of a keyboard and worst of all using dark blue colour on black. no productivity machine – a no go

  15. Before diving into this, be aware that GDP isn’t the best company to deal with. I backed their Indiegogo campaign for the GDPWin. The units had significant quality issues. They’ve since done a bunch of fixes on the newer revisions of the product.

    The keyboard on mine died after 3 days. I sent it back in November, and still haven’t gotten it back. They didn’t even responding to the last email I sent them. It’s looking like I’ve wasted more than $300.

    If you really must get this machine, wait for several months after it comes out for them to have the first round of machines fail and for them to fix issues in the design. Otherwise, you’re paying for the privilege of getting alpha-quality hardware.

  16. I was disgusted with how terrible the keyboard layout is, so I took a crack at designing a better keyboard (I design and build small keyboards as a hobby).

    http://www.keyboard-layout-edi

    The first one is how I would have designed the keyboard if the device was a tiny bit bigger, maybe an 8″ screen. You really need a keyboard to be 12-keys wide to keep it somewhat traditional.

    The 2nd one is how I would design it to stick with their silly decision to make an 11-key wide keyboard. Its an Ortholinear layout, it is more ergonomic, and makes better use of small space.

    The 3rd one sacrifices the 2-key wide enter key, to give the “” its own key, and relocate the “:” to a more traditional location.

    1. I don’t think there is anything wrong with the layout. It was agreed upon on the Dingoonity forum and was created by one of the members there. It isn’t the original layout

      1. My problem with it is that it makes silly compromises.

        For example, you don’t need a Capslock key. FN + Shift is fine.

        And I don’t need a Right-shift key, or Right-Ctrl/alt/win keys. Certainly not at the expense of proper sized punctuation keys.

        Here is how I would design it. http://www.keyboard-layout-edi

    2. The problem is it’s 12-columns. There’s no way it could less than 14 and still typable. Vaio P’s is a mostly not ruined 14-columns scaledown and it’s a bit of a pain with the backtick.
      12 columns is a total joke, Nokia N900 had more! That’s doomed to fail. You have to make keys even smaller even to have ‘;.

      1. I think their goal is to keep the key sizes relatively normal size. You need to let go man. 12 columns is really doable.

        1. Going without [] (and -=) is only doable in the sense of “yes, we can produce it”, not “yes, you can type on it without cursing”.

          Established layouts are perfected for a reason, you can’t throw an insufficient amount of buttons onto a rectangle and get something usable. Drop [] and programmers (and everybody with more that 26 letters in the alphabet) will feel that immediately. Huh, misplace just one Backspace and just plain everybody will hate that keyboard, no matter the typing skills and torture tolerance. Be smart, don’t start. Scale down something established and muscle-memory compatible, and save UMPCs from being hurled towards the walls.

        2. Keys are, you know, hardware buttons. If there are not enough of them, they are missing, and no amount of crazy coding skills can save them. The user will try to press what his fingers remembers, and it just won’t be there.

          A function layer requires another set of muscle memory. If typing Э starts requiring a function layer and a dislocated button, it’s pure pain. And don’t get me started on ë and ё…

          My Galaxy Tab 8.9 had a downscaled 15-or-something-columned bluetooth keyboard that should be about the same width as this device, given its large margins. I’d prefer it any time.

          So dear GPD, resurrect the butterfly keyboard, do a miracle or downscale a layout. Without that, your device is a tablet with a nondetachable nonkeyboard.

    1. I agree, that would have been epic. Would add more to the price, but I would have bought it with delight.

  17. I would have bought this in a heart beat if they would have had an option with the new core m processor.

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  19. FYI, The GPD Pockets have started shipping to Indiegogo Backers. I received mine last week and it functions as promised. I get all day battery life with no crashing or slowdowns. I am glad I backed the project.

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