Now a new model called the Peakago promises to be one of the most affordable models to date.
It’s said to be a tiny laptop with a 7 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel touchscreen display, a 360-degree hinge, Windows 10 S software, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. And it’s expected to sell for around $300… although it’s unclear if that’s the retail price of a promotional price — the Peakago isn’t available for purchase yet, but the company’s website promises a 40-percent discount for folks who sign up for notifications.
The next step will be an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign sometime in the not-too-distant future.
Update 10/8/2019: I’m told that the team behind the Peakago is updating the specs, so the original description is no longer accurate. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.
Update 11/15/2019: The Peakago crowdfunding campaign is now live and after an update, it turns out there will be three prices/configurations (see below).
Update 9/9/2020: Peakago has yet to ship any products to backers of the crowdfunding campaign, and the company has been radio silent for much of 2020, with no updates to the Indiegogo page, no response to backers, and no responses to my emails. I would not recommend anyone spend money on the Peakago crowdfunding campaign.
On paper, the Peakago looks like an interesting addition to the mini-laptop space for folks who want a small screen and a relatively low price tag.
Update: Here are the crowdfunding prices/configurations:
- Peakago w/Atom x5-Z8350/4GB RAM/64GB storage ($269)
- Pekago Pro w/Pentium N4200/8GB/RAM/128GB storage for $339 (before Nov 22nd, or $399 after)
- Peakago Pro w/Atom x5-Z8350/8GB RAM/128GB storage + 4G LTE ($399)
But its Achilles heel is likely to be the processor. The Peakago is powered by an Intel Atom x5-Z8350 Cherry Trail chip, which is the same processor that underwhelmed me when I was testing the original One Mix Yoga. A newer processor like an Intel Celeron N4100 Gemini Lake chip would probably make this little convertible laptop a bit more attractive. other key specs include a micro HDMI port, USB Type-C port, USB 3.0 port, headphone jack, and microSD card reader. The little computer has a front-facing VGA camera, 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0, and a 4,500 mAh battery.
It measures 7.1″ x 4.5″ x 0.8″ and weighs about 1.5 pounds.
According to the Peakago website, the company behind this little computer is an OEM/ODM factory that’s already produced an initial batch, but which will be turning to crowdfunding after a collaboration with a contract manufacturer was cancelled.
As with any crowdfunded project, it’s probably best to approach the upcoming Peakago campaign with a grain of salt. We’ve seen some scammy-looking mini-laptop campaigns in the past. But there’s nothing in the description of the Peakago that looks implausible to me… even if the device looks like a pretty blatant knockoff of existing devices like the GPD Pocket and One Mix Yoga.