The upcoming GPD Pocket 3 is one of the most unusual handheld computers I’ve seen in a while. Not only is it a mini-laptop with a convertible tablet-style design, a touchpad above the keyboard, and pen support. It also has a modular port feature that lets you swap out a USB-A port for an RS-232 port or a KVM port that allows you to use the computer as a sort of dumb terminal for a connecter server, PC, or other hardware.

GPD hasn’t announced how much the Pocket 3 will cost, but after dropping a few details at a time over the last month or so, the company has now posted a preview page for an upcoming Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign which suggests that the wait is almost over.

GPD Pocket 3

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GPD Pocket 3 modular handheld PC [Indiegogo Preview]

GPD has launched a preview page for the upcoming crowdfunding campaign for the GPD Pocket 3, a convertible tablet-style mini-laptop with an 8 inch display, QWERTY keyboard, pen support, Pentium and Core i7 CPU options, and a modular port design.

You don’t need to be a Windows Insider to get Android apps on Windows 11 [xda-developers]

Running a stable build of Windows 11 and don’t want to switch to a Windows Insider Preview to try out Android apps? You can install the Windows Subsystem for Android manually (but it’s not quite as simple as installing a typical Windows app). Once you’ve done that, you might also want to follow our guide for sideloading Android apps that may not be available in the Amazon Appstore and Microsoft Store. 

Here’s how to bypass Amazon Appstore’s region lock on Windows Subsystem for Android [xda-developers]

Want to try the Windows Subsystem for Android to run Android apps on Windows 11, but live outside the US? There’s a region-block on the Amazon Appstore… but it’s easy to bypass by sideloading the store instead of getting it from the Microsoft Store.

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Khadas VIM4 – An Amlogic A311D2 SBC with 8GB RAM, Wi-Fi 6, HDMI input & output [CNX Software]

Khadas VIM4 is an upcoming single-board computer with an Amlogic A311D2 processor, 8GB LPDDR4X RAM, 32GB eMMC storage, WiFi 6, and a micro HDMI 2.1 port with support for [email protected] output, plus a PCIe 2.0 M.2 socket.

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  1. GPD Pocket 3 is one of the most unusual handheld computers I’ve seen in a while.

    Seems like GPD has been taking advice from the wrong people. GPD should stay away from these people and ignore them.

    At least some things will probably stay the same:
    1. 10+% chance of an IGG unit having HW issues.
    2. Components inside aren’t guaranteed to be what they told you.
    3. GPD having nearly non-existent warranty support.
    4. If you actually send GPD your device for “repairs”, it may or may not come back.
    – Even if it does come back, it’d be many months later (they’ll blame COVID now but it’s just as a long before…) and it may or not be fixed.

  2. The GPD Pocket 3 looks astonishingly good! Unfortunately I will never buy another GPD product again, since every single device I’ve had them has suffered from catastrophic battery issues. If this same unit were available from Lenovo, Fujitsu, or Sony, I’d buy it in a heartbeat.

    1. I’m leaning towards the same. It’s too bad! I really love the pocket 2 and it’s been my daily driver for 3 years now. It could use a new battery, but then again, battery issues seem to be one of GPDs biggest faults!