The GPD P2 Max is a 1.4 pound mini-laptop with an 8.9 inch display that was released in 2019 with an Intel Core m3-8100Y Amber Lake processor, 16GB of RAM and 256GB of NVMe storage.

Now GPD has announced a new model is on the way with an updated processor, improved wireless and more storage. But the GPD P2 Max 2022 will also have a lower price tag.

In a teaser posted to Twitter and YouTube, GPD outlines a few specs for its next-gen mini-laptop, including:

  • Intel Pentium Silver N6000 processor
  • WiFi 6
  • 1TB SSD

While the teaser image appears to show someone writing on the GPD P2 Max 2022 display using a digital pen, it’s worth remembering that the company showed the exact same image for the previous-gen model… which did not have an active digitizer to support pressure-sensitive pen input or hovering actions. Instead, the company noted that you could use a capacitive pen… just like you can with pretty much any phone, tablet, or laptop with a modern touchscreen display designed to respond to finger input.

GPD has been selling mini-laptops and handheld computer for the past five years or so. Some models are focused on gaming like the GPD Win line of devices including the GPD Win 2, GPD Win 3, and GPD Win Max. Others are focused on IT work, like the GPD microPC and GPD Pocket 3.

The GPD P2 Max series stands out as more of a general purpose laptop computer that just happens to have a very small screen. The keyboard is large enough for touch-typing, although some keys have been shifted to unusual positions in order to fit on the small case. There’s a webcam (that’s awkwardly placed below the screen instead of above it). And there’s a touchpad below the keyboard instead of a smaller pointing stick or optical touch sensor.

While the P2 Max isn’t a pocket-sized computer like some other GPD devices, the first-gen model is still smaller than most laptops at 8.4″ x 5.9″ x 0.6″ and 1.4 pounds, allowing it to take up a lot less space in your bag. It’s unclear whether this year’s model will be exactly the same size, but the fact that GPD seems to be reusing an old promotional image suggests that most changes in the 2022 model will be under-the-hood.

That includes upgrading the WiFi and storage and swapping out Intel’s 5-watt Core m3-8100Y Amber Lake processor for a 6-watt Intel Pentium Silver N6000 Jasper Lake chip.

While that means Intel is replacing a “Core” series chip with one based on “Atom” architecture, the new processor is a significantly newer chip manufactured with a 10nm process. It’s also a 4-core, 4-thread chip rather than a 2-core, 4-thread processor. And benchmarks suggest that multi-core performance is pretty similar (although the older Amber Lake chip comes out ahead in single-core tests).

But since the Pentium N6000 is a Jasper Lake chip designed for low-cost, low-power laptops, tablets, and mini-desktops, it should allow GPD to bring down the price of its new model, which will be a welcome change at a time when prices for mini-laptops and handhelds have been trending upward.

GPD says the P2 Max 2022 will be available from the company’s AliExpress shop soon, which will mark one of the first times that the company has launched a new product for global markets without running a crowdfunding campaign first.

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  1. I’m a fan of both SFF & very-low-TDP computing. I recently picked up an MSI Cubi N JSL-005US, which also uses the Pentium Silver N6000 (4.8W-6W). Increased the RAM, swapped out the NVMe (keeping the Win11), and loaded Zorin 16 Core. It’s making for a very quiet bedside desktop. The Pentium Silver N6000 is more than adequate for the computing needs of The Masses (Average CPU PassMark 3176).

  2. still sony vaio packet working time is bigest
    and better keyboard and better screen format.

  3. wow, in this version producent add altGr 😉
    this version is usefull for me (but not easu using without F11, PgUp etc. But is progress!

  4. The N6000 is certainly an unimpressive replacement for the m3-8100Y — over two years newer, but almost a third lower single-thread performance and an extra watt! Passmark says the m3-8100Y costs $281 and doesn’t show a price for the N6000 — I presume it’s much cheaper.

    1. According to the Intel Ark, its SDP (real world metric) is 4.8W, and Intel doesn’t provide that metric for the m3 chip, so it may be a wash. It’s also interesting that Intel doesn’t provide a price for the N6000 (which is actually a Pentium Silver product, not a Celeron as stated in the article).

      https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/212330/intel-pentium-silver-n6000-processor-4m-cache-up-to-3-30-ghz.html

      https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/185282/intel-core-m38100y-processor-4m-cache-up-to-3-40-ghz.html

      1. Whoops. I’ve updated the article to use the correct chip name.

        Functionally there not much difference between the Atom-based Celeron and Pentium Silver chips, Intel just gives the highest performance models the Pentium name, which is probably why I made that dumb mistake. But it was a mistake nonetheless!

        1. Yep, for all practical purposes they are all basically the same performance-wise these days. Back in the early-mid 2000s “Celeron” was a dirty word that meant a barely functional computer compared to a Pentium based system (with the exception of one particular Celeron CPU that could be overclocked to outperform its Pentium brethren). These days though, there are ultra-low-power Celeron, Atom, and Pentium branded CPUs that can outperform desktop class CPUs from previous generations in certain metrics, at a fraction of the wattage.

  5. I’d love to see GPD bring back the Win 1&2 form factor with this CPU. Or maybe someone could stick it in a horizontal handheld. There’s a lot of indie games this would probably handle fine, it would be great to have an option between cheap ARM emulation handhelds and the expensive Tiger Lake/Ryzen handhelds.

    1. Yes, I wish GPD comes out with a pocketable Win clam shell again. They can fit anything they’re able to cool inside it as long as it’s not an ARM CPU.

      If they did this, I’m willing to risk getting a GPD device again.

  6. The Chuwi Minibook X sounds like a more interesting option (once you go past 7-8in it’s not pocketable anymore anyway…). Hope they’ll both send you a unit to review/compare

    1. Haha, says the person who posts a link that contains useragent data that confirms you use a Huawei.

  7. AMD 4000 and 5000 series APUs are extremely efficient. A 5300U at 6 or 10 watts would be a welcome addition to a super small laptop like this. It’s a shame GPD keeps going for these garbage low end Intel chips in devices that cost more than a couple hundred USD. They’ll probably want 6 or 700 USD for this, fail.

    1. Those celeron are cheaper, laptop with celeron (silver) cost under $200 in most part of the world. And they consume low power too, 6W is ideal but you can configure them to use 4W.

      Not only those ryzen Apu use more power, they cost more too. Nowadays Ryzen 3 is more expensive than Core i3.