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Street Fighter on the Psion Gemini PDA is all the nostalgia you’ll ever need

New Psion Gemini 2018 release date, price, specs, features, and more – we go up close and get a first look at the Gemini, aka the ‘new Psion’, a PDA designed to be fit for the modern era and one of MWC’s unexpected treats.. Here’s all you need to know.

Forget the Galaxy S9, it’s all about retro here at MWC 2018. The updated Nokia 8110 4G may have brought back many a fond ‘banana phone’ memory, but arguably the most exciting throwback gadget is the Psion Gemini, a PDA that initially debuted as a prototype at last year’s show but is now in full working order and ready to launch in the UK, though pricing and an exact release date are still to be confirmed.

Here are our snaps of the fully functional Psion Gemini PDA from the ground here in Barcelona. As you can see from the photo above, retro games emulating is one of its many talents – and so is offering the choice of Android or Linux as an OS.

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The Gemini PDA is a metal clamshell-styled device that combines a 5.7-inch touchscreen display with an integrated QWERTY keyboard – with versions available in 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.

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 (UK and Ireland networks are still to be confirmed), 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.

It certainly looks the part in the flesh, though we’ll obviously have to wait to spend some more living day-to-day with one before passing a proper judgement.  This should be arriving in the very near future, so watch this space.

What’s your MWC 2018 highlight? Let us know in the comments below.

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