#MWC18 Gemini PDA from Planet Computers

#MWC18 Gemini PDA from Planet Computers

I have talked about the Gemini PDA on the site before and I am a huge fan of what they are doing. Today I had the chance to get hands-on with a full production unit of it in its Android version. The device has been made of the back of an Idiegogo campaign and as of today shipping to the UK, early backers is starting.


The idea behind the product is that some users are still demanding the functionality of a proper keyboard albeit in a small and compact form factor. I can say that this has most certainly been achieved. The keyboard on the device is extremely natural to type on and interacting with the touch screen is fluid and a very natural action.

I was able to get some video from Dr. Janko who is the CEO of Planet Computers the company behind the product for you to enjoy here.

I have also done a small typing demo to show how the keyboard feels in real-world usage.

As for the specs of the device these are below

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
NFC
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
Fingerprint
Battery: Removable Li-Ion 4220mAh battery Removable Li-Ion 4220mAh battery
Misc: Colour Metal, Gold-plated (limited edition) Metal, Gold-plated (limited edition)

Here are some more picture’s of the device including the limited edition Gold Model

I was also shown the versions of the device that were running Sailfish OS as you can see below

The team were also showing off the ability of the device running Ubuntu and Debian version of Linux if you prefer a more desktop-like UI

#MWC18 Gemini PDA from Planet Computers

Gemini PDA running Debian Linux

#MWC18 Gemini PDA from Planet Computers

Gemini PDA running Ubuntu Linux

The Linux  builds for Ubuntu and Debian will be downloadable from the Planet Computers site in the very near future.

For those of you interested in this device you can order one from Planet Computer either via their website or via their Indiegogo site. If you order one now then you can expect it to be shipping near the middle of April. The Wifi only variant will cost $499 and the 4G version will come in at $599. There also additional perks available such as the Camera module, Leather Slip case and USB ub for expansion and external display output.

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