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    Shame about the CPU. The Cortex-A53 is a slow (in-order, low-power) core that’s usually coupled with something like the A57 in big.LITTLE configurations to run things that are not CPU-limited and 1.2GHz is near the low end of supported clock speeds. This is the same core and same speed as the RPi 3a budget ($25 or so) board from 2016.

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      Shame about the CPU. The Cortex-A53 is a slow (in-order, low-power) core that’s usually coupled with something like the A57 in big.LITTLE configurations to run things that are not CPU-limited and 1.2GHz is near the low end of supported clock speeds. This is the same core and same speed as the RPi 3a budget ($25 or so) board from 2016.

      I guess it all depends on the use case. Had it been a bit cheaper, I’d probably order it and be very happy with a capable ssh and serial terminal that fits in my pocket. If it plays movies/youtube as well that would be an perfect bonus.

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        For me, it’s something that’s a lot slower than my three-year-old phone, which cost about the price of this thing when it was new. It has a keyboard, but my phone works well with a bluetooth keyboard, which I’d rather use if I need to do more typing than I’d like to do on an on-screen keyboard.

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          I don’t think this device even tries to be a phone, which is why I kinda like it. And the fact that the keyboard is a part of the unit makes it’s purpose even clearer - it’s big, slow but it’s not for doomscrolling or consuming media. It’s a tiny, tiny terminal for the 2010’s.

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        The GPU is even worse.. remember that the A64 has a Mali-400 MP2.

        The CPU can run modern armv8 code. The GPU is stuck in the GLES 2.0 (!!) era and is really weak.

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          Yeah … if it were more like Seeed’s ReTerminal — a touchscreen device powered by a RPi4 Compute Module — with a keyboard, I’d be more interested.

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          EDIT: found it: https://habr.com/en/post/437912/

          I once saw someone’s sketch (on here, maybe? or HN?) of a pocket PC that had a whole bunch of ports, could be used as a monitor for a server, etc. If anyone has a link on-hand, I would love to look at it again.

          Things it is like but that it is not (I’m pretty sure it’s not even real):

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            A RGB backlit keyboard on such a tiny device is a little absurd… but it sure is pretty.

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              Animated effects and so on - sure. But map WM state, application keybindings, notifications and other controls (https://gfycat.com/boguswhoppinggemsbok) is pretty useful especially when the layout differs from what you’d normally use which is often the case with these ‘compacts’. I’d love to have that on my GPD Pockets etc.

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              OK I am jealous of all of you who are interested in something like this because the mere idea of trying to do ANYTHING on a 5” screen makes my under-powered eyeballs just GROAN in protest :)

              I play games on a screen that size, but all I need to do there is perceive simple shapes (they’re retro-games) and rarely ever read text.

              The idea of, say trying to ssh somewhere makes my head hurt.

              Very cool concept though!

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                I ordered one of these ages ago in the original crowdfund. I’ll have to write a review of it once it lands in my box. Not sure when they are doing a general shipment.