The Psion Series 5 reborn? Running Android, but hey...
I realise that this is tangential in interest for both AAWP and AAS, but both communities have long been interested in QWERTY-based devices, so.... Plus Symbian was the successor to EPOC/32, which is what the original Psion Series 5 PDA ran. So there's a connection through. The Gemini PDA is by the designer of that Series 5 and is currently up as an Indiegogo project, with a month to go. Will there be enough interest to create this thing? It runs Android or Linux and, well, they don't seem to have a fully working prototype yet, so who knows how it will run, but the specs are high. Very interesting!
Here's the Gemini PDA web page and below is the promo video:
Very telling that in almost all the video the device is shown from the back or bottom. The screen is supposed to be touch-enabled and one would hope for a stock-ish build of Android. Or hey, what about booting this thing into Windows 10 of some variety?
Here are the official specs:
- Two weeks of stand-by time / 12 hours of talk time
- Fully tactile keyboard - recognised as the smallest keyboard for finger touch typing
- Measure: 17.1 cm x 8.0 cm x 1.35 cm
- 5.7” colour hi-res ultra-wide touch screen
- Wifi & WiFi+4G mobile options
- Weight: 400 g
- Dual side mounted speakers
- Dual USB-C connectors to connect to keyboards, external screens, mice, charging cables as needed and many more.
- Integrated Voice Assist button
It all looks extremely early days, I'd estimate that this would be around a year away from retail even if the Indiegogo campaign is fully funded. Still, interesting - they had me at 'stereo speakers'!
Published by Steve Litchfield at 16:59 UTC, February 27th