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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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Tiny Screen & Keyboard vs Old Eyes
By KenWD0ELQ on 2018-01-10 18:36:31
At some point, the advantages of a tiny device are overridden by the problem of being able to see the text.
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RE: Useless today but still cool
By JLF65 on 2018-01-10 19:26:18
One of the best things to do with an ultra-small PC is emulations. It's a perfect pocket arcade machine. The performance is good enough to play anything up to PS1 level games. You could also go for Amiga or Mac emulation for those old-school computer games that were so great through the 80's and into the early 90's.
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RE: Ugly
By boudewijn on 2018-01-10 19:45:40
The keyboard doesn't look the way it does because it's cheap... It looks the way it does because that's what the Psion 5 keyboard looked like, and because that's very usable.

More usable than my Psion 3's keyboard, though that was a fine device as well. I've written reams of text on that thing! Pity there's no way to move text from it onto a PC anymore.
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RE: N810
By boudewijn on 2018-01-10 19:47:09
I've got one of those as well... But the keyboard never was in the Psion 5 league!
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RE[2]: N810
By boudewijn on 2018-01-10 20:13:12
Just found my old Psion 3. Popped in two batteries and it booted. Whined about the backup battery being bad, but... The keyboard was still lovely, the software to the point and the device not only didn't natter at me all the time, it even included a programming environment. Pity the screen has degraded a bit in the past 25 years. Not that it was ever very great, of course.
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RE[2]: Ugly
By phoenix on 2018-01-10 21:24:47
> The keyboard doesn't look the way it does because it's cheap... It looks the way it does because that's what the Psion 5 keyboard looked like, and because that's very usable.

They keys look overly large for the size of the device, or maybe it's just the way the picture is lined up. It looks like it would be impossible to use for thumb-typing while holding it in two hands (keys too large). It looks like it would be usable for one-handed typing while holding it in your other hand, but that seems awkward.

I'm still hoping someone releases a modern take on the Sony Xperia pro. A 5" screen with modern phone innards, and a keyboard that's usable with your thumbs, with all the keys, numbers, symbols (including tab, ctrl, alt, esc, and so on) available.

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RE[3]: Ugly
By boudewijn on 2018-01-10 21:39:28
They do look large, but that's just because these days we're not used to good keyboards anymore. I know how envious I was of the guy with a Psion 5 when I only had a 3 with a chicklet keyboard. Those keys look like a dream to type on. Just like my Compaq Contura Aero was great to type on, and the Powerbook Pismo and my other devices with keyboards before the great flatness craze started.

I'm still kinda torn. I just got a new phone... Nokia 8. I've backed Purism. I've got a new thinkpad. I don't need, probably, this device. But on the old Psion, with its great keyboard and great portability, gosh, I did type reams of text. I carried it with me everywhere, and also, juicessh on my phone, the keyboard obscures the text area way too much. Way too much. So maybe, I should just get it...
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RE: For me...
By rklrkl on 2018-01-10 22:23:05
Funnily enough, I was just looking at the Superbook by Sentio today (I was reminded of it because of the probably expensive and proprietary Project Linda that Razer just demo'ed at CES).

Two things put me off the Superbook:

1) The clumsy attachment of the phone to the dock (via a cable!): the Razer solution has it slotting into a touchpad slot in the laptop dock and then it uses the Razer phone's touchscreen as a touchpad - neat solution!).

2) Like Project Linda, the Superbook's laptop dock's screen is inexplicably *not* a touchscreen. That leaves you only running Android apps that can properly use the keyboard and mouse...

Still I like the idea of a laptop dock where you replace the phone to upgrade the whole experience - but the dock itself has to be pretty good to start with. Why they are offering anything sub-1080p with the Superbook is beyond me - most mid/high-end phones you'd use with it are at least 1080p. Heck, my latest 134 pounds Android phone is 1920x1080 and that's cheaper than the 1080p Superbook is!

As for the Gemini, I can't work out how this is better than a phone or tablet with a keyboard case attached (at least you can replace the phone/tablet or keyboard as you like in that setup).
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RE[2]: For me...
By fretinator on 2018-01-10 22:34:59
FYI - I ordered the 1080p version with a backlit keyboard. I plan to also use it with other devices.
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RE[2]: Useless today but still cool
By Morgan on 2018-01-10 23:14:01
Good point, and it's why the Pyra is on my "I don't need it but I WANT it" list.

That GPD unit looks just like a mini MacBook; imagine getting it to work as a Hackintosh and fooling hipsters in coffee shops all day.

Better yet, install a PPC emulator and throw OS 9 on it; you get access to some great old Mac games and a head-turner as well.
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