The Gemini dual-screen laptop (which is really just two tablets) has returned to Indiegogo about a month after the campaign was paused and put under review.
According to the folks behind this unusual dual-screen/dual-device product, Indiegogo has “finished reviewing our functional product and video,” but the team doesn’t note one other change — the company name.
The project is now listed under the “Gemini” name rather than “GST Communications.”
That’s significant, because shortly after I wrote about the Gemini crowdfunding campaign in August, a representative from GST contacted me saying that the makers of this tablet were using their name without permission.
Now that the crowdfunding campaign has resumed under a different name, I assume any trademark-related issues have been worked out — although it’s worth noting that “GST” still shows up in some of the crowdfunding campaign’s graphics… not to mention the YouTube channel for this device.
Need a refresher on what this dual-screen “laptop” is?
The Gemini is basically a set of two identical Windows-powered tablets that are designed to work together in a way that lets you use them as if they were a single dual-screen device (with maybe a little bit of lag when doing things like moving items from one to the other).
Gemini says you can use the system like a laptop by propping one tablet up with a kickstand and using the other as a keyboard. Or you can set them up side-by-side and use them both as if they were a dual-screen tablet. Connect a physical keyboard and you’ve got a dual-screen laptop/desktop-like thing. Or just leave one tablet at home and use the other as a normal Windows tablet.
The tablets come in two different sizes (13 or 15 inch) and two different spec configurations (standard or Pro).
Here are the prices listed for each model in Gemini’s Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign:
- 13 inch Gemini w/Core i5-8350U/8GB RAM/256GB SSD for $498
- 15 inch Gemini w/Core i5/8350U/8GB RAM/256GB SSD for $550
- 13 inch Gemini Pro w/Core i7-8550U/16GB RAM/512GB SSD for $657
- 15 inch Gemini Pro w/Core i7-8550U/16GB/512GB for $727
It’s certainly an interesting approach toward creating a dual-screen computer… although it remains to be seen whether it’s a particularly useful approach.
But at least the folks at Indiegogo responsible for reviewing flagged campaigns seem to be convinced that it’s not an outright fraudelent approach.
If one of those tablets was the Win 10 as advertised and the second an android tablet, those prices would not be screaming “SCAM” as loudly at me. As it is now, I can’t even see how they can get 1 tablet at those prices. The idea is kind of neat, but an i5 or i7 keyboard is just overkill.
The keyboard should have been HDMI screen with battery, nothing more, no CPU. That would be neat and useful for other things too. Portable second screen with ability to attach to the other tablet as keyboard.
Agreed. There is no way they can produce two tablets each with a Core i7-8550U, 512 GB SSD and 16 GB RAM for $650, let alone one tablet for that price. This has scam written all over it in bright, bold neon letters. If the rare chance they do end up producing something, expect garbage quality with no quality control, and many missing advertised features.
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