Well, today you can take a look for yourself. GPD, the company making the almost pocket-size PC has shared a video demo of Ubuntu running on the device with backers of its crowd-funding campaign.
‘The GPD Pocket has raised over $3.4 million on IndieGoGo’
“Recently, the Ubuntu drive has almost been finished except the power section. We plan to publish the firmware and Independent drive package this weekend,” the company says.
I think the company means ‘drivers’ rather than ‘drive’. But progress is progress, and it’s good to hear that this hasn’t vanished into the nethersphere like so many other crowdfunding projects.
Things look fairly decent, all things considered. I’d be frustrated typing on a keyboard that small, and the high resolution display makes everything on screen appear to very teeny-tiny.
Of note, it’s been mentioned on the GPD Pocket subreddit that the final Ubuntu edition will ship with some binary blobs onboard to support various hardware features.
GPD initially sought $200,000 to manufacture and ship the 7-inch ultra-mobile pocket PC, but ended up receiving a staggering $3.4 million in pledges!
Those buyers can look forward to an all-metal mini-laptop with the following specs:
- 7-inch full-HD (1920×1200) IPS touch display
- Intel Atom x7-Z8750 CPU (Quad Core) @ 1.6GHz
- Intel Integrated Graphics 405
- 8GB RAM
- 128GB eMMC
The devices were available to back from $399, with both Windows 10 or Ubuntu 16.04 LTS editions available. The anticipated retail price for the GPD Pocket is expected to be somewhere around $599. Not that you have to pay that; Windows 10 units are still available to purchase via the GPD Pocket IndieGoGo page from $459.