• Planet Computers’ Gemini PDA is Psion’s spiritual successor

    By Josh , March 2, 2017 - Leave a comment

    Gemini PDA is the pocket computer every tech fan should want right now

    Gemini PDA Render Introduction Clove

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    Planet Computers’ working prototype of the Gemini PDA shown at Mobile World Congress. The company is seeking funding on Indiegogo for first manufacturing. The initial goal has already been reached.

    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.

    Psion Series 5 Clove Technology
    The original Psion Series 5 (1997 – 1999)

    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?

    Gemini PDA Render Features CloveOn the face of it – a modernised Psion Series 5. Seriously. The clamshell design and full mechanical keyboard are all there.

    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.

    Gemini PDA Render Closed CloveThe 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.

    Gemini PDA Render Semi Open CloveTwo 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?

    Gemini PDA Lifestyle Laying Couch CloveThe unit won’t be going on general sale until at least the end of the year.

    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.

    Gemini PDA | Crowdfunding | Indiegogo

    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 | REGISTER | Clove Technology

    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

    Gemini PDA Render Introduction Clove

    Gemini PDA Lifestyle Typing Clove

    Gemini PDA Lifestyle Pocket Clove Gemini PDA Lifestyle Pub Clove

    Josh

    Josh joined Clove part time a few years ago whilst studying Computing at Bournemouth University. Since finishing his studies he has remained at Clove in a full time position, involved in sales, returns and social media.

    Involved with both consumer electronics and software since the mid 2000s, keeping up to date with industry developments is as much a hobby as it is a job.

    Easy going but never afraid to share an opinion, Josh can often be found in his spare time listening to some heavy rock or at a local gig as well as playing with the latest gadgets and video games.

    Comments

  • Had to chuckle – surprised you did not mention that Psions used to be Clove’s core business did it not?

    • Hi Guy – they very much were at one point! A good few years before I started here mind you…

      We’re keeping a close eye on this. It’s still only at concept / prototype stage but there are some influential people involved in the project to make it a reality.

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