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> A PSION-like keyboard for the PinePhone, A new competitor for the Gemini and Cosmo?
post Jan 25 2020, 12:34 AM
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(News shared from the Gemini Planet FB page)

(scroll down until the Psion keyboard's photo)

The people behind the Pine64 project and the PinePhone device are planning to release an add-on keyboard for the latter, inspired by the Psion Series 5's keyboard, to be connected to the I2C port on the back of the phone.

The final device will share a lot of similarities with the Gemini!

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post Jan 25 2020, 12:39 AM
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If the keyboard also acted as a clip on cover which could be fitted to the back or front for easy carrying, I'd strongly consider it. However, if it was just a mini keyboard then, well, I already have a folding Bluetooth keyboard which fits in a pocket.
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post Jan 25 2020, 02:26 AM
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Speaking of "second keyboard" devices, here's the castAway -- not a moving-key keyboard, but an entire miniature ChromiumOS tablet that pairs with your phone over bluetooth/wifi and lets you work on different tasks and continue to use apps while on the phone; it also has a keyboard mode.
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post Jan 27 2020, 03:41 AM
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"Pine64 says that a keyboard case attachment is planned for "sometime in 2020," and for now, the company is still working on the design. The company says it is "making a keyboard heavily inspired by Psion Series 5 keyboards from the 1990s. We hope to not only replicated [sic] the usability of the Psion Series 5 keyboard but also the tactile feel it is known for. "
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post Jan 27 2020, 07:42 AM
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I'm very hyped about the pinephone. I think it was Alexi Pistonrod in the telegram that turned me onto it in the first place. Enough to cancel my preorder of the Librem 5. There is a lot to like about the pinephone, though preliminary videos look just as bad as the librem for current performance. As far as it + the potential upcoming keyboard attachment competing wiht the cosmo, In some ways I can definitely see it being a superior solution, however, the allwinner chipset looks vastly slower than the cosmos P70. I guess you trade off that speed for openness and control to varying degrees.
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