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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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Back to the future
By Iapx432 on 2018-01-11 15:32:01
I had (have) the Psion 3c, Revo and 5Mx. Favourite was the Revo because it had most of the functionality in a a super slim package and crisp screen, but unfortunately the battery circuit was faulty and you would lose data regularly.The 5Mx keyboard was amazing and looked just like the Gemini, so no fault there. Only concern is if 20 years on (from the Psion) I would be able to see the thing???? They should make the CPU board on these devices swappable. The hardware / I/O will be good for a decade, but the CPUs go out of capability (OS conspiracy theory anybody?) way faster. A tiny expansion bay (like a USB stick that resides internally) would be useful as well to add SDRadio, FPGA or embedded Neural Nets for future tinkering. Also differentiates it further from a phone.
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RE: Back to the future
By fretinator on 2018-01-11 18:03:44
Don't forget the shaver/trimmer attachment and portable defibrillator functionality!
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RE[3]: Ugly
By darknexus on 2018-01-12 15:38:04
> It looks like it would be usable for one-handed typing while holding it in your other hand, but that seems awkward.
Heh, I've always thought the opposite. Thumb typing feels awkward to me, so I usually end up holding my phone in one hand and typing with the fingers of the other anyway. Feels more natural to me, and I don't accidentally hit multiple letters.
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Not good enough until Palm Pilot battery life
By slobu on 2018-01-13 15:10:40
I can slap together a cheap android tablet and keyboard case with similar specs and battery life.

Give me something that takes AA batteries and/or Palm Pilot battery life and we can talk.
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Comment by kurkosdr
By kurkosdr on 2018-01-14 13:29:56
> The Gemini sells for $399 through Indiegogo

This phrase in the linked article makes me cringe.

Someone should tattoo on the foreheads of those writers "Kickstarter and Indiegogo: not e-shops"

Edited 2018-01-14 13:30 UTC
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