The Chinese often implement unusual ideas that are ignored by large corporations. For example, not so long ago they released a laptop based on the Intel 8088 processor with MS-DOS and Windows 3.0 support, asking for more than $200 for it.
In addition, an interesting GPD Pocket 3 laptop with an 8-inch display and various modules has recently appeared, which is ideal, for example, for a data center engineer. Well, now the Chinese have released a device of the same size, similar form factor, but much cheaper. Let’s talk about these two devices – perhaps someone will find this useful for work.
8 inch economy version. What he really is?
The developers equipped it, as mentioned above, with an 8-inch touch screen, 12 GB of LPDDR5 memory and from 128 GB to 512 GB of internal memory – the user’s choice. The processor is from the Alder Lake-N family, this is Intel N95, so the device is quite capable of performing both office tasks and others where higher performance is required. But you can’t count on something very difficult. Processor 4-core, 15-watt, with a core frequency of 3.4 GHz. Graphics, respectively – Intel UHD.
The difference between this laptop and many “babies” is a swivel screen on hinges, which can either be turned into a tablet or simply rotated around its axis. The maximum possible angle of rotation is 180 degrees.
Unfortunately, if the GPD Pocket 3 mentioned in the announcement had several common and not very common ports (including RS232), then there is none here. The developers equipped the device with only one Ethernet port on the back of the device. True, the developers promise to release a KVM module as well.
- 8″ IPS LCD touch screen
- Battery life – up to 6 hours of 30W video playback
- WiFi 6
- stereo speakers
- 2 MP webcam
- IR camera
- 1 x HDMI
- 1 x USB Type-C
- 1 x USB 3.0 Type-A
- 1 x 3.5 audio
- 1 x Ethernet
- 1 x power port
- Windows 10/11
The size of the device is only 198 x 138 x 19.7, it has an aluminum case. The mass of the device is 780 grams, which is more than that of the same GPD Pocket 3.
As for the keyboard, the developers had to compromise, making it very tiny, but not with the most convenient button layout.
In general, the device can also be useful for data center employees, engineers who are often away, etc. But still, the device is not as versatile as the same GPD Pocket 3. True, the prices are different – if the device from the description above costs $350 (sold on AliExress), then the GPD Pocket 3 with an i7 processor is already under $1000.
Well, what about the GPD Pocket 3?
The size of the device is about the same as the device above. But this laptop is definitely designed as a universal tool for representatives of a number of IT specialties, and just for geeks who like unusual devices. Despite the size, the little one boasts relatively high performance thanks to the Intel Core i7-1195G7 processor.
And yes, he also has a touch screen, also a swivel one. The position of the screen can be changed as you like – at least turn it sideways, even backwards. But the highlight of the device is its modularity, the fact is that the developers have provided for the replacement of different types of ports that can easily be “unfastened” from the motherboard, for which the laptop does not need to be disassembled. And modules are gradually becoming more and more.
The advantage of the device is in its modularity, the developers offer interchangeable ports and connectors. In the official store of manufacturers you can buy:
- USB Type-A port
- RS-232 COM port
- KVM module with HDMI and USB ports;
- Module with microSD card reader.
In addition, a 4G LTE module appeared a little later, which makes it possible to connect to the network at any point where there is a corresponding network. The module is based on the Quectel EC20-CN 4G chip, plus there is a SIM card reader in nano format.
As well as a module that adds three programmable buttons to the functionality of the laptop, which are located on the back. They can be used to turn the laptop on/off, change the volume, or for any other purpose.
In general, both devices are similar to each other in a number of solutions, but at the same time they differ sharply – primarily in functionality. It would be interesting to know for what tasks you would use the first and second device.
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