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18 Sep 2017
""Tiny" in the USA connotes "toy-like", and people expect toys to be (a) cheap and (b) not suitable for doing real work. Not so in Japan, where "tiny" connotes "finely crafted" and "precious"."

A very interesting and thoughtful insight on today's need of small devices with real keyboards, and some interesting information about the Gemini from the backers' meeting during the recent MWC America show in San Francisco.


Some interesting facts: the first 100 produced units will be used for testing to failure, "(...) including drop and vibration testing, keyboard testing, and at least 10,000 opening and closing cycles of the clamshell hinge." 2.000 units will be produced for the backers, and other 8.000 for sale through other channels. The company will break even with those 10.000 units, but sales of at least 100.000 units will be required for profitability.

The main targets for the device are previous Psion owners (and I'd add Zaurus ones), the Japanese market (roughly 40% of the backers are Japanese) and writers.

The device will ship with a special tool to be used to pry off the cover to get access to the SIM card, eSIM and micro-SD card slots, possibly the battery too. Automatic adjustment of the screen brightness, depending on ambient light, is planned (I wonder if the GPD devices have this feature too). Neither a stylus nor a stylus holder will be included, but they are planned as an option at a later stage.

15 Sep 2017
Tony Hannides from LazyTech interviews Davide Guidi, CTO of Planet Computers, at their booth at the GSMA MWC Americas fair in San Francisco:


7 Sep 2017
"(...) I also miss long-lived batteries. The old personal digital assistants, such as the Sharp Zaurus and the Palm Pilot, had days of battery life. With power-hungry smartphones, those days are gone.(...)


11 Aug 2017

After the latest progress updates on the Gemini PDA campaign I have now decided to open a new forum dedicated to it. I have divided it into 3 subforums (hardware, Linux and Android). In the next months I'll post there any news and updates about this project, and anyone having an interest on this device is of course welcomed to contribute.
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11 Aug 2017
Planet Computers have announced that they will exhibit at the Mobile World Congress Americas show in San Francisco from 12th to 14th September 2017 with a fully working sample. The MWC Americas will be held this year for the first time, and it is being organized by the GSMA association, together with the CTIA US wireless association.

Source: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gemini-p...-phone#/updates

Is anybody here planning to attend this event, and maybe take some photos of the Gemini?

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