The company behind the GPD Win handheld gaming device have been making Android handhelds for years. But GPD’s Win got a lot of attention because it’s a Windows-powered handheld that can run PC games.
Now the company is planning to launch something new: a 7 inch laptop that’s small enough to slide into your pocket.
It’s called the GPD Pocket, and it’s expected to support either Windows 10 or Ubuntu 16.04 Linux.
GPD is just showing off a few rendered images and mockup prototypes at this point, so we’ll have to wait a while to see a final, working product. But the company expects the system’s features to include:
- 7 inch IPS touchscreen display with Gorilla Glass 3
- Intel Atom x7-Z8700 Cherry Trail processor
- 4GB of RAM
- 128GB of storage
- 7,000 mAh battery
The system is said to be slightly larger than the GPD Win, and it has an aluminum chassis. Pictures show a USB Type-C port, a full-sized USB port, an HDMI port, and a headset jack. And while the laptop is too small to fit a full-sized keyboard and touchpad, it does have a QWERTY keyboard and a ThinkPad-like pointing nub that you can use to move a mouse cursor on the screen, as well as left and right buttons for clicking.
The lack of palm rests could make typing kind of uncomfortable, but I doubt anyone would use this sort of device as their only PC anyway. Instead, it’s a sort of portable laptop that can handle light-weight PC gaming duties on the go, but which you could also use to tap out a quick email, do some web browsing, or other activities that might not require a big screen or a high-power processor.
GPD sent me a demo unit of the GPD Win handheld to review last year, and I was pretty impressed with its performance… while it worked. But after a brief period the keyboard stopped working and I sent my review unit back to GPD.
I know I haven’t been the only person to run into bugs with the GPD Win, so hopefully the company will take feedback from its first Windows handheld and apply it to the upcoming GPD Pocket to make a device that’s more reliable.
According to ton-chi-ki, GPD plans to launch an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for the GPD Pocket in February.
There’s no word on the price or release date for the new model. But it looks like a promising device for folks lamenting the fact that major PC makers seem to have dropped out of the UMPC market in recent years.
This has been my dream device for years. The netbook segment teased the possibilities of it with the Sony Vaio P, but it was far too expensive, and the Atom CPU just wasnt good enough back then.
The only major concern I have about this is that the keyboard is absurd (this is coming from someone who designs and builds small mechanical keyboards as a hobby).
You really sacrifice whatever is left of a “traditional” layout when a keyboard is only 11-keys wide. You need 12 at least. I can’t believe they tried to fit 2x sets of Ctrl/Win/Alt keys on it too. Such a waste of space.
I could design a better keyboard, and write the firmware in less than 1 hour.
sad to see its the same cpu as the gpd win
Hope they include a microSD slot as well.
Missing microSD slot?
With a Type C hub,you can get any slot that your want. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/…
“But after a brief period the keyboard stopped working and I sent my review unit back to GPD” . In fact I have come across this problem in many of the laptops including Lenovo Yoga Pro-3 and also on my Dell Inspiron 3250 mini Desktop. While at home, I tend to attach a separate keyboard and mouse to a Laptop’s USB port. Initially for a couple of months it works alright. But suddenly the system freezes. When I remove the USB-Keyboard and Mouse it returns to normal. It also needs to be powered-on all the time. While running on battery same thing happens. My guess, the problem is with its power-supply which is unable to provide adequate power of 3 volts or 5 volts as the case may be to the USB ports and the display screen. [With GPD-Pocket as well this could be the issue]. I am not a technical hand. What I have said is based on my observation only.
Must be in a dream…. somebody wake me….
I really want the Viao P but the used prices are outrageous for what you get… hopefully
there’ll be an 8GB/128GB model. If the price point is around that of
netbooks in 2012-2013 I’ll be throwing money at my screen!!!!
Definitely interested but I’m not going to have high expectations given what has/is happening with the GPD Win.
It’s a small company. Definitely won’t expect any thermal and power consumption breakthroughs. Probably going to be based on a slightly modified Intel reference design for 10″+ tablets.
Doubt the Ubuntu support will go beyond the “we installed it from the ISO.” No way they’ll contribute kernel parches.
+1. So far my GPD-Win has been without any major issues and I’m fairly happy with it, but.. I would absolutely pay a premium for the Pocket and Win if it were made/tested by a larger company with more experience and overall improved product quality (Fujitsu, for example). This would also eliminate any issues with international shipping for purchase and service.
Still really glad that GPD exists and is helping to keep the UMPC/pocketable market alive, though.
PLEASE release this! I’ve been waiting for something like my Viliv N5 I used to have.
Shoot for a 12 hour battery. Design accordingly. All day work + commute. Techies are tired of being “tethered to wireless”… Meaning the “where’s-my-charger shuffle isn’t so frequent. Come on, designers. Battery life needs to be a real focus and up there with performance. We won’t be afraid if the product is an extra millimeter thick. I am interested in this machine either way. Just make sure that microcode / bios is 64 bit!!!!!
Super… I will get it.. I already changed my UMPC with a GPD Win running heavy CAD apps and games like mass effect and star trek online and is working like a charm. I like that they decided to upgrade to 7″ that will make it a super portable pc that 7″ will help to work easier with professional software. If they manage to fit inside a coreM + Fan it would be a super mobile computer ( because atom 8700 has half speed of a core M).
On paper this looks good to me. Now about the price though….we’ll see. Side note:- if this is gonna be Ubuntu friendly, might as well Canonical just adopt a few for a dev edition no?
It’s called a TrackPoint the “ThinkPad-like pointing nub that you can use to move a mouse cursor on the screen”
Finally, a 2017 Vaio P!!!
I know it reminds me of that! Haha. Love this mini laptops.. They’re convenient, especially if they have good battery life.
This is like a dream come true, IDC how bad it is I’m buying one haha
I would definitely be in for one. I wish Intel had not given up on the Atom chips so soon.
Will be obsolete when Arm Win10 PC’s start to ship, someone can then do a UMPC that is actually useable thanks to the x86 emulation, keeping mind they usage cases for these devices will be work apps not games.
x86 is just not practical in these form factors while still being cool running and cheap all in one.
The smart thing to do would be to scrap this device, redesign around Arm Snapdragon while also helping port native Arm versions of popular emulators so if you want game emulation stuff you have it. Win32 native Arm is also possible alongside UWP Arm apps.
Yeah, but this thing will have better performance AND better battery life when compared to those ARM-Windows10 devices… at least when it comes to x86-executables.
And if you’re not there to use Windows10 for x86-exectuable programs, then why not just use Android instead??
ARM W10 with x86 compatibility is still far off if ever. Frankly, nobody really benefits on ARM W10 w x86:
– The manufacturer gets to choose a CPU other than Intel, for a slightly lower cost, but needs to invest way more for support and marketing to make people choose a ‘virtually compatible’ over a ‘real’ one. This might cost more (considering possible returns), then just choosing a cheaper Intel CPU in the first place
– The user should not care about the CPU, they just want to use the product. The ARM CPU would either give them a cheaper system, or a better performance for the same price. However, the x86 compatibility would require at least part x86 code emulation (we are talking about CISC on a RISC CPU), which would make code run slower on the ‘faster’ system than it would run on a similarly specced x86 system. This means for the same speed you’d need a significantly faster ARM CPU, which is of course more expensive, so back to square one, defeats the purpose.
Universal code (the Metro UI apps) would not suffer, but then again, they don’t need the whole x86 compatibility in the first place.
So I think the whole project is a moot point, fascinating experiment, but not for the market.
If you’re going to go ARM, there are a lot more practical (and more “here now”) ways to go than Win 10 with x86 emulation.
You could use Android, but that would make the device pointless. Android is not great for desktop type applications and so would defeat the purpose of this device (You might as well get a 7 inch tablet with a bluetooth keyboard).
You could try and make it a Chrome OS device, which would be better than Android if done right because you could use the Android app compatibility layer and also run Linux through Crouton. However, that would not be nearly as unique/niche a device compared to current offerings as this device.
You could go with a Linux operating system, which would at least make the device a practical laptop. If you were looking for touch based applications, though, you would still be at a disadvantage. Of course, you could make it dual boot with Android to make it more interesting from a touch standpoint, but it could be argued that the Chrome OS device would be more practical overall since you wouldn’t need to restart to switch between Linux and Android applications. The advantages would be that you wouldn’t need any kind of agreement with Google for Chrome OS, and you could make it much more hacker friendly. Of course, that would be aimed for a niche market, with competition from Dragonbox Pyra at the high end and the PocketChip at the low end (though it’s also aimed at the type of user that might be tempted to buy all three devices if they could afford it).
Loved this instantly but the comments here are scaring me a bit.
Generally like the keyboard setup – I can get used to the backspace key / doesn’t interfere w/the del key. Do not like the mouse pointer location at all, it’s too “in your face”. I may be in the minority but I never liked the pointer (have one on my laptop, never use it). When not mobile/outdoors, I’ll probably use a full-sized mouse anyway (huge preference).
Also like the larger size of the [enter] key in comparison to the [shift] key below it.
If they can get another full-sized USB port on this thing (already thinking about external ‘this and that’) and resolve the keyboard issues (re: comments), running Ubuntu on this thing will be amazing. Envisioning so many ways I can use this.
The trackstick should be moved higher. One of the benefits of tracksticks on other notebooks is that the user doesn’t need to move their hands up and down when switching between typing and moving the mouse.
Too bad GPD’s execution and post-release support of the GPD Win was pretty bad. I doubt I’ll support their Indiegogo campaign. If the GPD Pocket turns out to be a great machine and GPD’s support improves, then I’d buy it after release.
I hope it has a fan like the GPD WIN, otherwise its going to overheat and throttle instantly.
Yes,GPD Pocket will have a fan for cooling.
A new netbook! Too bad about the poor reviews. The Linux version would make me very happy.
GPD Pocket will provide Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Windows 10 Home two version.You can select the one which you prefer.
Should had went to 8″. 8″ at 720p is pretty usable with Windows 10.
They updated the keyboard layout since yesterday, but the backspace is still at a horrible place. This is not much more as an AutoCAD file as of now, we’ll see if they make it how will it really look.
Backspace seemms to be a mior concert. You can remap the power key to be a backspace, but no amount of remapping will solve the missing tab issue or the trackpoint dislocation.
They update it at least twice a week. Today it looks like this:
There is still room for improvement, but not much, they are almost ready with the whole thing, they have working close-to-final prototypes too.
Also, the power key and the Fn buttons are not remapable, because the Power button is on a different GPIO, and the Fn button is handled by the keyboard’s internal controller, so Fn + something will give you a scann-code to remap, but Fn alone isn’t.
The tab-worthy button is still missing. The whole layout is one button too short, can’t they make them smaller and bring the ;’ back?
And the trackpoint is still dislocated. Why, oh why?
> the Power button is on a different GPIO
Meh, not enough to stop me from remapping it.
> Fn + something will give you a scann-code to remap, but Fn alone isn’t.
Let’s hope for a Thinkpad-like switchability.
All in all, that’s a horrendous layout, way worse than whatever I’ve dealt with, and especially Vaio P.
Looks like it would make a neat little Linux computer. Would be a neat thing to SSH with.
It has a pointing stick? I’m sold. I hope this turns out to be a nice device.
So how’s the GPD Win doing? There seemed to have been some issues with the initial release. Have they been resolved? Build quality and reliability would be my main concern with this new device.
If it’s compatible with ThinkPad Classic Dome caps, I’m sold too. That picture looks awfully like a Soft Dome.
I have one. It works fine, but the screen is unusably small. Requires a magnifying lens and great precision to click on icons, scrollbars and so on.
the product hasn’t even been released yet. let alone 4 months ago when your mouth opened and this crap fell out.
A lot of people (me included) have failing keyboards. Some people sent their unit for repairs in november and still got no reply from GPD let alone a replaced unit. They admittedly lost someones unit too because they didn’t go to pick it up from the post office for many weeks and now they can’t find it. I decided not to send them back mine (even thou the keyboard failed), because as far as I know nobody got their unit replaced ever since the Win become available in november. Instead of amateur-hour they have amateur-month at GPD.
I have a win it’s awesome and feels build like a tank! I have a very minor version of the crashing graphics driver issue but it really can’t hamper the fun in any way for mine.
I LOVE IT! age of empires 2 hd over lan for 3 hours? No problem!
I have aquanox 2, retro city rampage, quake 4, devil may cry 4 special edition, astebreed, vulkaiser, burnout paradise, sonic all stars racing transformed and some more on it and all run GREAT and play GREAT with the controls. And all of these fit on just internal storage!
I didn’t have any issues out of the box except for the device being slow to react to the face buttons of the controller section (50ms delay instead of 1-10ms). They fixed that with a firmware update. The keyboard is still horrible though and has no phone-like features to make thumb typing easier (e.g shift then key produces shifted key, I guess the term is shift latching). Don’t get me started about the heatsink design either, let’s just remove some fins from it, not like anyone will miss those. No you dingbats the fins are what gives a heatsink the surface area to work!
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