The Popcorn Computers Pocket P.C. is designed to be a handheld Linux computer with a 4.95 inch full HD display, a built-in keyboard, and a ARM Cortex-A53 quad-core processor.

First unveiled in November 2019, the Pocket P.C. hasn’t shipped yet. It’s still up for pre-order for $199 and up.

But the developers have already open sourced the hardware by releasing the latest design files. You can find the at the project’s GitHub page.

Popcorn Computers Pocket P.C.

Keep in mind that the Pocket P.C. is still under development, so Popcorn Computers is sharing some design files before they’ve even been fully tested. The company is currently in the process of having printed circuit boards manufactured, and hopes to assemble the first 25 test units later this month.

So while it’s nice to see the hardware go open source even before it’s released, you might want to wait for updated designs before attempting to build your own Pocket PC from scratch or modifying the design to create something new.

It’s unclear at this point when the Pocket P.C. will actually ship. The company obviously missed its initial goal of shipping in May, 2020 because these things often take longer than anticipated and it’s likely that nobody planned for a global health crisis to interrupt manufacturing processes for a few months.

But if and when the Pocket P.C. makes the jump from prototype to product, the plan is to deliver a pocket-sized computer with:

  • 4.95 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS LCD display
  • 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A53 quad-core CPU
  • 2GB DDR3 RAM
  • 32GB eMMC storage + internal microSD card connector
  • 2.4 GHz WiFi & Bluetooth 4.0
  • 3,200 mAh removable battery
  • 4 x USB-C connectors (including one with USB Power Delivery and DisplayPort video output)
  • Programmable USB keyboard with backlight
  • Debian 10 GNU/LInux operating system

For an extra $50 you can also opt for a model with a LoRa radio.

via Popcorn Computers and Hacker News

Support Liliputing

Liliputing's primary sources of revenue are advertising and affiliate links (if you click the "Shop" button at the top of the page and buy something on Amazon, for example, we'll get a small commission).

But there are several ways you can support the site directly even if you're using an ad blocker* and hate online shopping.

Contribute to our Patreon campaign


Contribute via PayPal

* If you are using an ad blocker like uBlock Origin and seeing a pop-up message at the bottom of the screen, we have a guide that may help you disable it.

Subscribe to Liliputing via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 9,500 other subscribers

6 replies on “Pocket P.C. design files released as open source (handheld Linux computer)”

  1. Looks like the same guys who developed The Next Thing Co’s $9 CHIP computer

  2. Ordered 😀

    @Brad Typo in date “May, 2021” should be “May, 2020” I guess.

  3. I am willing to give anyone a pass for falling behind schedule under these circumstances

Comments are closed.