A bunch of new mini-laptops are coming in the next few months from GPD, One Netbook, and Chuwi. None are expected to be dirt cheap, but some will have more affordable than others.

Last week the 8.4 inch One Mix 3 Yoga went up for pre-order for $760.

Today GPD announced that its upcoming 8.9 inch Pocket 2 Max will sell for $529 and up. The company hasn’t revealed a release date yet, but GPD plans to launch an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign soon.

Update: It looks like GPD has changed the name from Pocket 2 Max to P2 Max to differentiate its new 8.9 inch mini-laptop from the 7 inch models that precede it. That makes sense, since it’s going to be a bit tougher to actually fit in your pocket. 

What you’ll get for $529 is a GPD P2 Max with an 8.9 inch, 2560 x 1600 pixel touchscreen display, an Intel Celeron 3965Y dual-core/dual-thread Kaby Lake processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of solid state storage.

If you want a model with higher-performance specs, GPD has you covered. For $705 you’ll be able to get a P2 Max with an Intel Core m3-8100Y dual-core/quad-thread Amber Lake processor, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of solid state storage.

Both models measure 8.1″ x 5.8″ x 0.7″ and weigh 1.5 pounds, and both feature USB Type-C and Type-A ports, micro HDMI, and 3.5mm headphone jacks. There’s a 2MP webcam, making the P2 Max the first GPD mini laptop to feature one. And there’s a fingerprint sensor built into the power button.

Since the P2 Max is significantly larger than the company’s earlier mini-laptops (the original GPD Pocket and Pocket 2 both have 7 inch displays), there’s room for a larger keyboard and for a touchpad below it (earlier models had tiny optical touch sensors).

While the P2 Max is set to undercut the One Mix 3 Yoga in terms of pricing, it’s worth noting that One Netbook’s upcoming mini PC does have a few features GPD’s lacks, including a 360-degree hinge that lets you use the computer as a tablet, support for an optional active pen (sold separately), and a backlit keyboard.

Meanwhile Chuwi hasn’t announced pricing for its upcoming Minibook yet. But like the P2 Max, the Chuwi Minibook with its 8 inch display is expected to come in two versions: a higher-priced model with an Intel Core m3-8100Y processor and a lower-priced model with an Intel Celeron N4100 Gemini Lake chip. Gemini Lake chips cost a lot less than Amber Lake processors, so I’d expect a model with that processor to sell for less than the entry-level $529 GPD P2 Max.

Update: GPD has posted a video showing gameplay on the P2 Max:

Update 2: And another video showing general purpose computer use.

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14 replies on “GPD P2 Max 8.9 inch laptop coming soon for $529 and up”

  1. Wow, that Celeron 3965Y is really pathetic. Its Geekbench scores are only 1782 (Single-Core) and 3048 (Multi-Core). Why didn’t they go with the Celeron N4100 or Pentuim N5000. Either would be so much stronger.

    The Celeron 3965Y is hardly better than the Atom x7-Z8700 in the 4-year old Surface 3.

    1. Probably because GPD uses the same Celeron 3965Y in the lower cost version of their smaller Pocket 2. Benchmarks aside, the 3965Y will still suffice for Win 10 and light multi-tasking (especially with the 8GB RAM vs just 4GB in the Pocket 2)… and it makes for clear separation vs the upscale Amber Lake m3-8100Y model. If you’re looking for heavy-duty multi-tasking of more resource-intensive tasks, you’ll need to cough up the extra coin.

      BTW, suggested retail price for Topjoy Falcon (not sure they’re in production yet) with Pentium N5000 is ~$700.

    2. Theres more than Passmark score involved when comparing SOCs. The Atom Z8700 isn’t a good comparison to the 3965Y because the Z8xxx series CPUs had very few PCIe lanes.

      All of the ancillary features of a PC require appropriate data busses to operate (PCIe, SPI, and some low bandwidth IO devices like Keyboards use I2C or USB). Some lower end SOCs have very limited bus options, and this leads to them having very underwhelming features (eMMC storage, low end Wifi adapters, lower performance USB 3.0/3.1, etc).

      The Z8700 (and the whole Atom lineup) had a very limited number of PCIe configurations, which resulted in most of the devices being equipped with very low end storage and Wifi. The Z8700 could only support a single 2x PCIe lane, or dual 1x lanes. The 3965Y can support a single 4x lane, dual 2x lanes, or a 2x lane with dual 1x lanes.

      However, the N4100 and N5000 would be very good comparisons. While they have lower GPU performance, they do have more PCIe lanes (not as many as the Y-series chips), and comparable CPU performance.

      1. The keyboard and trackpad inclusive-or pointing stick on a notebook computer, at least x86 computers, are usually still connected via PS/2 instead of USB. I do not know how the touch panel for the display on notebook computers with a touch panel preinstalled is usually connected because I do not have a notebook computer with a touch screen. Yes, a trackpad is a capacitive touch panel but it is not a touch screen because it is not a display. I do not know if non-x86, usually ARM these days, notebook computers use PS/2 for the integrated keyboard and trackpad inclusive-or pointing stick? How are the integrated keyboard and trackpad connected on the PineBook, which uses an ARM SoC? If I recall correctly, the integrated keyboard and mouse substitute (trackpad or pointing stick or trackball) on Apple PowerBook notebook computers, which use m68k and PowerPC, are connected via the Apple Desktop Bus (ADB) even on the late computer models that no longer have an external ADB connector, similarly to how x86 notebook computers still internally use PS/2 input devices even though they no longer have an external PS/2 connector.

  2. Video output over USB-C? I would prefer not to go back to mini or micro HDMI if possible.

        1. If you think that thickness should shrink along with screen size, and overall dimensions in a linear way, then you are bound to be disappointed. LCD panels still have the same thickness, batteries don’t get much smaller with smaller laptop screen size, and motherboards are no thinner.

          If you want to engineer a laptop thinner than they did, you should show us all how its done.

  3. I will probably play with it for a short time and forget about it but I REALLY WANT ONE!

  4. I think that is really nice but the price seems rather steep for the size of the computer.

    1. The price of a laptop doesn’t scale with physical size. There is an extra cost associated with making something smaller than normal.

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