#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:WIFI802.11a/b/g/n/ac802.11a/b/g/n/ac
GSM850/900/1800/1900MHz
CDMA850/1900MHz BC0 BC1+ EVDO
WCDMA900/2100MHz
LTE1/2/3/4/5/7/12/17/20/41
VoLTECompatible
Body:Form FactorWide clamshellWide clamshell
Dimensions17.14(W) x 7.93cm(D) x 1.51(H)cm17.14(W) x 7.93cm(D) x 1.51(H)cm
WeightApprox 320gApprox 320g
SIMSIM slot + eSIM (ready)
Display:TypeFHD+ (18:9)FHD+ (18:9)
Size5.99inch5.99inch
Resolution2160×1080, 403ppi2160×1080, 403 ppi
Multi TouchYesYes
ProtectionScratch resistant glassScratch resistant glass
Platform:OSAndroid OS, Linux OS (dual-boot)Android OS, Linux OS (dual-boot)
ChipsetDeca CoreDeca Core
CPU2x 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
GPUARM Mali 875MHzARM Mali 875MHz
Memory:RAM4 GB4 GB
Card SlotmicroSDmicroSD
Internal64 GB64 GB
Camera:Front Camera5Mp5Mp
Sound:SpeakersStereo SpeakersStereo Speakers
MicrophoneIntegrated ambient MicrophoneIntegrated ambient Microphone
3.5mm JackYesYes
Comms:WLANWifi 802.11 a/b/g/n/acWifi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetoothv4.0v4.0
GPSYes, with AGPSYes, with AGPS
NFC
USB2x USB Type C, OTG support2x USB Type C, OTG support
Features:KeyboardMechanical full keyboardMechanical full keyboard
Voice AssistanceDedicated button for voice commandsDedicated button for voice commands
SensorsAccelerometer, compass, light sensor, gyro, magneto-sensorAccelerometer, compass, light sensor, gyro, magneto-sensor
Fingerprint
Battery:Removable Li-Ion 4220mAh batteryRemovable Li-Ion 4220mAh battery
Misc:ColourMetal, 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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