Planet Computers Astro Slide 5G smartphone coming in June (following a spec change and pandemic-related delay)

Planet Computers has been making smartphones with physical keyboards, unlocked bootloaders and support for Android or Linux software for a few years. I went hands-on with the Gemini PDA at CES 2018 and the Cosmo Communicator at CES 2019. Now the company is getting ready to ship its third phone. Planet Computer introduced the Astro […]

Over:Board turns a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 into a mini-ITX motherboard (crowdfunding)

The Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 is a tiny computer with the brains of a Raspberry Pi 4 packed into an even smaller package with fewer ready-to-use ports. It’s designed to be used by hobbyists, developers, or companies that want to embed the module in hardware projects or use it with a carrier board that […]

HackBoard 2 is a single-board PC with Celeron N4020 for $99 and up (crowdfunding)

The HackBoard 2 is a single-board computer with an Intel Celeron N4020 Gemini Lake Refresh processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of eMMC storage, and support for up to 4TB of NVMe storage (sold separately). Measuring about 4.7″ x 3.2″, the HackBoard 2 is larger than a Raspberry Pi, but still pretty tiny by desktop computer […]

Pantera Pico PC is a 2.4 inch PC with more ports than most (crowdfunding)

There are a growing number of tiny desktop computers measuring about 2.4″ x 2.4″ x 1.6″. Most seem to be based on the same reference design as the Chuwi LarkBox, which was the first to launch, although there are some differences in processor and storage options. But the Pantera Pico PC from XDO is the […]

Nemeio customizable keyboard with ePaper keys hits Kickstarter

Almost two years after we first went hands-on with a prototype, the Nemeio customizable keyboard with ePaper keys is up for pre-order through a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. Super Early Bird backers can reserve one for a pledge of €168 (~$200) plus shipping, and the Nemeio is scheduled to begin shipping to backers in September, 2021. […]

Xiaomi is crowdfunding a 2.4 inch mini PC (that looks just like the other ones)

Xiaomi is the latest Chinese company to introduce a 2.4″ x 2.4″ x 1.7″ mini-desktop computer that’s small enough to carry in a pocket. The Xiaomi Youpin Ningmei Cube seems to be based on the same reference design as the Chuwi LarkBox, GMK NucBox, and similar devices like the XCY X51. Xiaomi’s version is up […]

F(x)tec Pro1-X is a phone that ships with Linux or Android (and has a keyboard)

The F(x)tec Pro1 is one of the only modern smartphone to feature a physical keyboard. Soon it will also be one of the phones available with a choice of the Android-based LineageOS or Linux-based Ubuntu Touch operating systems. The makers of the phone have launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for the F(x)tec Pro1-X, a slightly […]

MINISFORUM X35G mini PC with Intel Ice Lake hits Indiegogo for $350 and up (ships in November)

The MINISFORUM X35G is small, relatively inexpensive computer powered by a 10th-gen Intel Core i3 Ice Lake processor. First announced last month, the mini PC is now up for pre-order for $350 and up through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, and it’s set to begin shipping to backers in November. While there’s typically some risk involved […]

Teracube 2e is a $200 smartphone with a 4-year warranty (crowfunding)

Most Android phone makers expect you to replace your device every few years. Even Google only promises 3 years of OS and security updates for its Pixel phones (the last update for the Pixel 2 is set to drop in December). But a startup called Teracube is betting that there’s a market for inexpensive phones […]