Gemini from Planet Computers – First Impressions

I have it in my hands finally: the Gemini from Planet Computers.

I have been waiting to get hold of this device for nearly 6 months since I first caught wind of it back in November last year. It is a unique product on the market and some may call it niche. They are probably correct in that respect.

Now that I have spent a few days with the device and had a few hours of use (in between the day job), I have been able to form some impressions of the Gemini. Before I get into that though here is the unboxing ..

I am not going to go into to the design of the phone too much here, as that is going to be covered in great detail within the main review. However, there are few stand-out things that I would like to highlight.

Firstly, this is a big device for a phone, and those who like things that are thin and light need not apply here. This thing has been built for a purpose and it works very well for that intended function. That is why features such as not having a rear facing camera and not having NFC are a reality here. I don’t mind this as NFC and a rear-facing camera are things that I would not use on a device like this.

However, if you are a road warrior or an email king/queen, you are going to love this device. It is made for entering text as one of its primary roles and it is a beautiful piece of kit to use for that. As an example, I am sitting on a bus back from work, and am writing this article on my knees in relative comfort. The keyboard does take some time to become accustomed to it, but after no time at all, you will be flying without too many issues.

The UI is clean and very fluid, and the App Bar that has been developed by Planet Computers is a nice touch if a bit superfluous for my usage. I suppose I have just become too comfortable using multitasking via the soft keys in Android. Speaking of which, having two windows open side by side is no issue as the screen real estate is there.

Gemini from Planet Computers   First Impressions

In the meantime, here are the specifications for those who are into that sort of thing..

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)

I am pretty chuffed with what I have seen so far with the Gemini. The true test is what the Gemini will be like to live with for an extended period of time. To find out that, you will need to check back here for the full review in a few weeks.

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