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Return of The Psion: New Gemini PDA is a retro Android and Linux delight

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New Psion Gemini 2017 specs, features, release date and price – we go up close and get a first look at the Gemini, aka the 'new Psion', a PDA designed to be fit for 2017 and one of MWC's most unexpected reveals. Here's what you need to know about the latest Indiegogo darling.

It has been a positively retro-tastic MWC 2017, with the new Nokia 3310 arguably stealing the show from big hitters like the LG G6 and the Huawei P10.

Yet in the end, there was an even bigger surprise in store for us nostalgic types in Barcelona.

This.

Psion gemini

At MWC's 4YFN start-up showcase, London-based Planet Computers debuted a prototype of its new Gemini PDA, a metal clamshell device that combines a 5.7-inch touchscreen display with an integrated QWERTY keyboard – and dual-boots Android and Linux for good measure.

In and of itself, that might not be much to write home about, but the Gemini boasts a serious USP in that it has been co-designed by Psion Series 3 and Series 5 architect Martin Riddiford.

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Essentially, we're being treated to a new Psion PDA – just one with more current specs and significantly improved capabilities.

For starters, there's a 10-core processor and 64GB of on-board storage, but there's also support for 4G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. According to Planet Computers' representatives, this means the Gemini will combine the portability of a smartphone with the functionality of a 2-in-1 or keyboard-cased tablet.

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It certainly looks the part in the flesh, though we'll obviously have to wait to get our hands on a fully functioning version before passing a proper judgement.

You can back the Gemini on Indiegogo today – an early-bird offer is currently going for $349, which is roughly £280 before shipping and UK taxes.

The company says that the first units will begin shipping in November 2017.

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What's your MWC 2017 highlight? Let us know in the comments below.

toboev

February 28, 2017, 6:15 pm

The Psion (5) keyboard was amazing. But every Psion I owned died of the same cause - hinge failure. The overly complex and fragile hinges broke mechanically, and the ribbon cable split. If they fixed that, properly, I'd be interested in this device.

Rob

February 28, 2017, 8:10 pm

Would you really though? I mean every smart phone/phablet out there today can do all the calendaring, organising stuff that used to be a Psion's USP and a lot more. Add a Bluetooth keyboard when you need one and surely that's got you covered in most situations.

Rob

February 28, 2017, 8:11 pm

In fact, go the Bluetooth keyboard route and there's your hinge and ribbon cable problems sorted right there.

Phil

February 28, 2017, 8:26 pm

Nostalgic nerdgasm.

Don't need. Want. Same experience as the series 3. Also was a similar Windows based thing years ago with a 200MHz processor. I wanted that also but it was about £600...

toboev

February 28, 2017, 9:04 pm

Yes, all that. Actually I've never got on with calendars in Android; simple things like alarms defaulting to midnight for anniversaries etc (am I doing something wrong?).
Samsung owes Psion a debt, it's the stylus that won my money. But it's the Psion keyboard I miss most.I could, and did, use it to write letters/docs (and print them, which is still beyond the wit of Canon to sort out for the Note 4) etc. I know, use a bluetooth keyboard (tried it), but as long as its portable, nothing beats having it always there and one with the screen.
The more I reflect the more amazed I am at how far ahead Psion was (and how they chucked it all away). I even did sat nav (ok, minus the sat!) around London with it. And wrote a simple but effective customer relations database. It was ace.

toboev

February 28, 2017, 9:13 pm

Yeah, tried that. Still can't beat the key action and feel of the Psion, it was a genuinely great keyboard. Also a separate keyboard only works sat at a table.

Mario Miniaci

March 3, 2017, 12:30 pm

I spent my first salary ever on a Series 3a - loved it, couldn't justify a 5 until it was already obsolete sadly. I really like the idea of this - it would also be great if there was an identically sized case where a phone eg Samsung S7 would slot into the screen part.

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