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Gemini is a tiny Android laptop with the spirit of Psion
By Thom Holwerda on 2018-01-10 00:39:57

The Gemini is a clamshell Android device with an 18:9 ultrawide 1080p screen and a compact but more-or-less full physical keyboard. It runs on a 10-core MediaTek Helio X27 processor and has 4GB of RAM, a 4,220mAh battery, and two USB-C ports. It’s 15.1mm thick when closed and weighs 308g. There are both Wi-Fi-only and LTE-capable models. The software is pretty much stock Android with a useful customized dock that can be brought up anywhere, and you can also dual-boot into Linux for more customization.

This is exactly what I've always wanted. A tiny Psion Series 5-like computer running a modern operating system. This machine can run Android and regular Linux, and seems quite similar in concept to the GPD Pocket 7, which sadly seems to be hard to come by here in The Netherlands (I'd want to run Haiku on the GPD Pocket 7). To be honest, I'm not entirely sure what's I'd use such a tiny laptop for, but they're tiny enough they're not really taking up space.

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Useless today but still cool
By Morgan on 2018-01-10 00:57:36
> To be honest, I'm not entirely sure what's I'd use such a tiny laptop for, but they're tiny enough they're not really taking up space.

I'm in the same boat. I finally got my hands on a Toshiba Libretto about 10 years ago, long after the tiny laptops were rendered obsolete by the Palm Treo 650 I carried back then, but despite its limitations it was just plain fun to play with. BeOS and Slackware ran on it with some fiddling and I felt "Hackers-movie-cool" carrying it around and futzing with it in coffee shops.

As for the above mentioned modern palmtops, I'd rather have the GPD unit, and of course I'd run Haiku on it as well, but it's just too expensive for what amounts to an unnecessary toy.
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It """runs""" Linux
By tidux on 2018-01-10 01:03:47
Thanks once again to ARM's spectacular idiocy in refusing to open source the Mali driver when a good 95%+ of the market for Mali GPUs is Linux based, you'll need to stick to a very limited subset of kernels, whether you're running Android or GNU on top of Linux.
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conflicted
By Kishe on 2018-01-10 06:20:05
the irrational part of me would like to buy one just for the novelty of it but the rational part of me just keeps saying what the heck could i do with it that my current mobile devices cant do.
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Ugly
By nicubunu on 2018-01-10 07:54:44
I fully understand and support the idea of keeping the price low, but this device is ugly (mainly the keyboard is ugly, the display looks like a common low priced phone).
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Comment by The123king
By The123king on 2018-01-10 08:25:36
My EeePC 901 dual boots XP and Haiku quite well. I'd recommend grabbing one of them whilst theyu're still fairly plentiful
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RE: conflicted
By Lobotomik on 2018-01-10 08:52:12
Yes, it is very attractive, but in the end, for the same effort of whipping it out of your bag you could whip out a 20€ bluetooth keyboard.
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RE: conflicted
By teco.sb on 2018-01-10 14:21:45
Agreed! I really wish I could spend a week with one to test it.

However, I bought a Samsung 11" Chromebook on Black Friday for $120 (similar specs to this... 2-Core Atom, 4GB RAM, 10 hr battery life). But even at full price, which is $180, I think it is a better bang for my buck. At the end, you will still need another device (be it a larger laptop or a desktop), and, since this thing comes with Android, you're just as limited.

On top of all that, even though I'm only 35, I cannot imagine having to do any remotely serious work on a tiny 7" screen. In my opinion, the jump from 5.5" phone screen, to a 7" device is not enough. The nice thing about the chromebook is that it is 11" so when I need to check a picture/photograph, write a longer email, or browse the internet in more detail, I can do it comfortably. As someone else mentioned, a bluetooth keyboard will only cost you $20.
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N810
By henderson101 on 2018-01-10 14:49:48
The prompted me to look at resurrecting my old dead N810. I think it just needs a new battery... fingers crossed!!
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For me...
By fretinator on 2018-01-10 14:54:29
I have one on order. For me it's the true convergence device. I don't need phone, tablet, Chromebook, or laptop. This will serve 95% of my needs, especially on the go. I hate phones, and really don't like on-screen keyboards, though swiping helps. For the times I need more productivity, I also have on order the Sentio laptop dock for Android phones - it should take care of the other 5%.
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RE[2]: conflicted
By Kochise on 2018-01-10 16:27:55
Well, I bought one of these cheap toys :

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Netbook-...

It would have been under Android 4 it would have been better, yet, quite frankly, the form factor is more usable as you might think. A micro usb mouse and you're gone.

Should have tried these instead, but came later :

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Soledpow...

With a better battery, power and screen size, that should do it.
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