Laptops have become popular because they are portable. Thus you can take them everywhere you want. But small size laptops don’t match the requirements of many customers due to small screen size. Say designers or those who are working with multimedia need larger screens.
Another thing, the tablet PCs have become popular as well, because they can be used as tablets as well as laptops. The latter can be done once a keyboard is docked. Thus tablet PCs are more portable and can be used at more conditions. However, if you are looking fdor a full-featured computer in a small size, none of them can be to your taste. There is one type of a device called a pocket PC.
These are small-sized full-featured computers providing the same experience as the large-sized devices but they also fit in a pocket. The most popular brand of similar products is GPD. It offers pocket PCs for different purposes. We have already got acquainted with one of them. The GPD WIN is an ultra-mobile PC running on the latest Windows 10 OS. Today we are going to take a closer look at another product from this line dubbed as the GPD Pocket Mini.
GPD Pocket Mini Specs
- OS: Windows 10 Home 64-bit
- CPU: Intel Atom Z8750
- RAM: 8GB
- Storage: 128GB eMMC
- Display: 7 inches IPS (1,920 × 1,080) with Gorilla Glass 3
- Wireless connectivity: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1
- Interfaces: USB 3.0, USB 3.0 Type-C, micro HDMI, 3.5mm audio jack
- Battery: 7,000mAh
- Dimensions and weight: 180×106×18.5mm / 480 g
GPD Pocket Mini Box Content and Appearance
As you can see, it comes with a regular set of package content including the device itself, a USB Type-C cable, a charging head, earphones, a screen protective film, a user manual, and two covers for a pointing device.
As there are many keys made for different purposes, the user manual shows where they are located and how to use them for more efficient work.
The top panel of the GPD Pocket Mini carries no logo. Honestly, I like this very much, as not all Chinese manufacturers pay appropriating attention to the design of their logos. Anyway, the housing is made of magnesium and covered with an aluminum alloy. That’s why it is heavy. The texture is very high.
The left side is blank. But this photo shows what a great look it comes at. Everything is thought well.
The opposite side carries a USB Type-C, micro HDMI, 3.5mm audio jack, and another USB 3.0 port. Plus, there is a ventilation grid.
The back is blank as well.
The front side comes with a clue to open the display easily.
Surprisingly, the bottom panel is made of metal as well. There are four rubbers attached to it. The only thing I didn’t like the appearance of this device is the placement of the speaker. It’ll be better to place the fan grid here and put the speaker on one of the sides. Here we can see some info concerning the product as well as the company’s logo.
GPD Pocket Mini Keyboard
As we are dealing with a 7-inch pocket PC, it’s not logical to wait for a standard keyboard. But the GPD Pocket Mini comes with a surprisingly well-arranged keyboard. The keystrokes are slightly deeper, but the key pitch is small indeed. The track point (in blue) works well. Though you won’t be able to do many operations via it, this feature is enough for a regular user. However, there are some differences in comparison to the regular laptops.
The power button is placed on the upper right corner. So do not confuse it with the backspace. The latter is placed on a row below. The caps lock has become as smaller as possible. But it is pressed without any problems. A couple of other keys placed on the lower right side make some confusion as well.
GPD Pocket Mini Hardware and Performance
Briefly on the specs. This is not an Apollo Lake CPU. It’s the full-blooded Atom Z8750. This means it will showcase higher benchmark results than many Apollo Lake chips. Apart of this, it is paired with an 8GB of RAM. Many think this is not required and such SoCs can work with a 4GB RAM quite successfully not allowing the apps to run out of the memory. But larger memory means more programs opened at the same time or more tabs opened in a browser. As for the storage, though it comes with a 128GB of ROM, it’s not SSD. We know eMMC yields SSD and other internal storage when it comes to reading/writing speed options.
The rest of features are impressive as well. The GPD Pocket Mini sports a 7-inch IPS screen with a full HD resolution. It’s a touchscreen! As this pocket PC supports many WiFi options, you are given a chance to build your own internet network as well. Generally, you won’t have any inconvenience when it comes to the connectivity. All USB ports come at third version. One of them even provides a Type-C interface. Finally, as for the size and weight. The GPD Pocket Mini has been designed to fit in a pocket. But it’s heavier than many 8- and 10-inch tablets.
The Intel Atom x7-Z8750 is a quad-core processor running on a 14nm process node. It is paired with a graphics card, Intel HD Graphics 405 clocked at 600MHz. This chip can be found on such a beast as the Teclast Tbook 16 Power.
In comparison to the GPD WIN, which is equipped with an Atom x7-Z8700, the GPD Pocket Mini yields a little. The former one scores around 2829 points at Dragon Quest X Benchmark, while our hero shows 2436. This result is closer the Teclast’s aforementioned product.
Actually, we are dealing with a super mid-range small-sized laptop. Such devices are usually called as the ultra-mobile PC (UMPC). In this sense, the GPD has no rivals in the market. Products with this brand onboard provide great performance due to good hardware and the latest software, well-designed appearance, and affordable price. For $500 or less you will be able to acquire a full-featured computer that fits in your pocket. Thus you can always do heavy tasks regardless the place you are in.