Remember netbooks? The tiny ultra-portable laptops? One Chinese tech company is bringing them back.
The GPD Pocket is an absolutely tiny laptop that runs the full version of Windows 10, and it fits in your pocket.
It might sound like a netbook, but its premium build and decent specs differentiates it from traditional netbooks that felt cheap and were incredibly underpowered.
The GPD Pocket went through an Indiegogo campaign that raised over $US3 million. Unfortunately, the campaign is closed, and there’s no way to pre-order a unit right now. The Indiegogo page says the first GPD Pockets will ship in June, but it’s unclear when they will be widely available to buy after that.
Take a look:
It weighs in at just over one pound.
It's so small that it makes the relatively diminutive USB-C port look large.
Having USB-C is key, as it lets you attach a dock that lets you plug in pretty much any accessory you want.
Instead of a trackpad, like most laptops, it has a small mouse nub that's similar to the ones you'd find on IBM/Lenovo laptops.
The tiny hamsters spinning the wheels in the GPD Pocket laptops are Intel Atom processors, which are nowhere near as powerful as Intel's main line of Core i-processors. With that in mind, the GPD Pocket probably wouldn't handle much more than a few web browser tabs and some light Microsoft Office work.
It does have 8GB of RAM, however, which is actually quite good and lets you run applications pretty smoothly. It also comes with 128GB of storage, which is should be enough for documents, photos, and a few videos.
Here's Austin Evans streaming a 4K video while the GPD Pocket is connected to a monitor. He's surprised it works so well.
Evans was even able to play the popular first-person shooter 'Counter Strike: Global Offensive,' but not quite as smoothly as 'Minecraft.' He doesn't recommend the GPD Pocket as a gaming computer.
The GPD Pocket has a 1200p resolution screen, which means it's pretty sharp and makes the device feel more premium, according to Evans.
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