Anyone remember Psion?

If you’re a long time reader of the site and a long time user of mobile tech, you may remember the Psion series of PDA’s. These were in many ways the forebear of Nokia’s Symbian communicator devices. What made them special was that they used mini thumb style keyboards, which you could be very productive with.

Unfortunately, they went the way of the dodo as we moved to a touch screen models, Pocket PCs and then later onto the modern smartphone.

I have been hankering for the joy of using a thumb style keyboard or “mini laptop” for many years now. This need was partially filled with the Xperia X1 which came out nearly 10 years ago. This device ran Windows 6.1 and was really not that useful as a smartphone. It was very fiddly to use with such a small screen. The void was later filled by netbooks, however these never really met their full potential as Windows XP was not really the best OS for them … Windows Vista was even worse!

Roll on to 2017 and, low and behold, we have the successor to the original Psion concept – reborn ! This time though, it will run Android. There’s also the option to dual boot with an as-yet-to-be-determined version of Linux.

This device is called the Gemini PDA and it looks brilliant. It is currently under development by PlanetCom in conjunction with the company that designed the keyboard in the Psion 5MX. This was the cream of the crop when it came to their range. The new device is very near completion and is currently being sold via Indiegogo.

We have been very lucky to be granted the opportunity to get some hands-on time with the device and this will be coming to you in the very near future. In the meantime here is their concept video.

Here are the specs of the two variants of the device on offer..

Gemini PDA (Wifi Only) Gemini PDA (Wifi + 4G)
Network: WIFI 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
CDMA 850/1900MHz BC0 BC1+ EVDO
WCDMA 900/2100MHz
LTE 1/2/3/4/5/7/12/17/20/41
VoLTE Compatible
Body: Form Factor Wide clamshell Wide clamshell
Dimensions 17.14(W) x 7.93cm(D) x 1.51(H)cm 17.14(W) x 7.93cm(D) x 1.51(H)cm
Weight Approx 320g Approx 320g
SIM SIM slot + eSIM (ready)
Display: Type FHD+ (18:9) FHD+ (18:9)
Size 5.99inch 5.99inch
Resolution 2160×1080, 403ppi 2160×1080, 403 ppi
Multi Touch Yes Yes
Protection Scratch resistant glass Scratch resistant glass
Platform: OS Android OS, Linux OS (dual-boot) Android OS, Linux OS (dual-boot)
Chipset Deca Core Deca Core
CPU 2x Cortex A72 @2.6GHz
4x Cortex A53 @2.0GHz
4x Cortex A53 @1.6GHz
2x Cortex A72 @2.6GHz
4x Cortex A53 @2.0GHz
4x Cortex A53 @1.6GHz
GPU ARM Mali 875MHz ARM Mali 875MHz
Memory: RAM 4 GB 4 GB
Card Slot microSD microSD
Internal 64 GB 64 GB
Camera: Front Camera 5Mp 5Mp
Sound: Speakers Stereo Speakers Stereo Speakers
Microphone Integrated ambient Microphone Integrated ambient Microphone
3.5mm Jack Yes Yes
Comms: WLAN Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth v4.0 v4.0
GPS Yes, with AGPS Yes, with AGPS
USB 2x USB Type C, OTG support 2x USB Type C, OTG support
Features: Keyboard Mechanical full keyboard Mechanical full keyboard
Voice Assistance Dedicated button for voice commands Dedicated button for voice commands
Sensors Accelerometer, compass, light sensor, gyro, magneto-sensor Accelerometer, compass, light sensor, gyro, magneto-sensor
Battery: Removable Li-Ion 4220mAh battery Removable Li-Ion 4220mAh battery
Misc: Colour Metal, Gold-plated (limited edition) Metal, Gold-plated (limited edition)

If you are looking to find out some more about the Gemini PDA and maybe even support them on Indiegogo then check them out here. I am very excited to see what the potential of this device is and what it is truly capable of.

Now to go and hunt for the original Psion 5 MX on eBay. Oh! Here’s one … 🙂