Planet Computers’ Gemini PDA is Psion’s spiritual successor
Gemini PDA is the pocket computer every tech fan should want right now
What portable technology did you own in the late ’90s? Most of us had a basic mobile phone. Some among you may have used Windows Mobile units for work/business.
What about the serious tech fiends though? You may well have rocked a Psion Series 5.
This clamshell PDA was a personal organiser seemingly sent from the future. A suite of programs (a precursor to today’s apps) could manage your contacts, finances, spreadsheets etc. and made the Psion a hit with business users.
A true mechanical keyboard was combined with touch screen & stylus. It was a productivity marvel. You could even mod the unit with Cellular & GPS add-ons. The most advanced users wrote their own programs.
Showing just how beloved the Series 5 was among its cadre of fans, it very recently won a poll at The Register for technology that should make a comeback.
What timing! The new Gemini PDA from Planet Computers is looking to do exactly that.
So what is the Gemini PDA?
Differences? Well the system will be running a flavour of Android, with dual-boot to a Linux distro. The internal specifications will also be as high as possible. Planet Computers are targeting a MediaTek Helio processor (deca-core) with 4GB RAM.
The expected specifications also reveal a 5.7″ QHD+ screen with 18:9 ratio. There’s no mistaking that component. It’s the same screen about to grace the LG G6.
Planet Computers is backed by Dr. Janko Mrsic-Flogel, a respected software author from the Sinclair era. Also on board for product design are Therefore, whose Martin Riddiford was instrumental to the original Psion PDAs. Recent successful designs from Therefore include the popular range of Cat rugged smartphones.
Two variants will be manufactured; a Wi-Fi only model and another with cellular radio (4G/LTE) for full mobile functionality. Planet Computers have stated that you won’t need to open the Gemini PDA to answer calls.
So the Gemini PDA won’t just be keyboard gimmick. This is set to be a powerful, modern device with full smart functionality.
When can I buy a Gemini PDA?
There is currently an IndieGoGo funding page for the initial manufacturing run. Backers will receive a discount on the expected retail price. The initial goal of $200,000 has been smashed in the first few days, so rest assured, this device is definitely going to exist.
After the initial crowdfunding backers have had theirs shipped, the Gemini PDA will go on sale to the public.
Clove Technology have already been talking to the brains behind Planet Computers. We are set to be an authorised distributor once retail stock has finished manufacturing.
If you don’t want to invest on Indiegogo but have interest in the final product, you can register HERE.
Gemini PDA Specifications
Planet Computers have stated that these specifications are not final. They are though the desired target for the device and are accurate subject to funding and final design work.
Wi-Fi and Cellular models
- Dual-boot Android & Linux
- 5.7″ QHD+ (2880×1440) capacitive touch screen with 18:9 screen ratio
- MediaTek Helio deca (10) core processor (2x 2.5GHz / 4x 2.0GHz / 4x 1.55GHz)
- ARM Mali 850 MHz GPU
- 4GB RAM / 64GB storage / microSD support
- Bluetooth / GPS / NFC / Fingerprint sensor
- 5 MP camera
- 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi (dual-band 2.4 / 5 GHz)
- Full mechanical QWERTY keyboard
- Removable 8,000 mAh battery
- 2x USB Type-C / 3.5 mm audio jack
- Dedicated voice assistance button
- 171.3 x 80 x 13.5 mm
Cellular model only
- GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
- WCDMA 900 / 2100 MHz
- LTE – 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 7 / 17 / 20