It’s been over three years since GPD introduced the Pocket 2, a tiny laptop with a 7 inch screen and a tiny but full QWERTY keyboard. This gave the company enough time to think about what a successor might look like and what the result would be pocket 3 has some big changes while keeping the small form factor.
Perhaps the most important update concerns the display, which grows to 8 inches while retaining the 1,920 x 1,200 resolution and touchscreen capabilities of its predecessor. It also ditches the traditional hinge for a 180-degree hinge, turning the Pocket 3 into a 2-in-1 that supports tablet mode and allows input via the included stylus. Corning Gorilla Glass 5 screen protection and 500 nits of brightness round out the display upgrades.
Further refinements to the admittedly crowded keyboard are also planned for the Pocket 3, including the addition of a small touchpad and mouse buttons along the top. These replace the stylus on the original Pocket, and that means you don’t have to rely on an external mouse or using the touchscreen to complete click-based and related tasks. The keyboard now has a backlight, which can help as GPD changed the case color (including the keyboard area) from silver to black on this model.
GPD has also added features to meet the needs of its operations and maintenance engineer customer base. In particular, the Pocket 3 offers a serial port expansion module option that allows it to connect to devices that use the legacy port, such as legacy printers and scanners, as well as an optional KVM control module to provide hardware-level access to missing network servers including a keyboard and mouse. The Pocket 3 now has an HDMI port, which its predecessors didn’t have, so you can connect two external monitors if you need more screen real estate.
The Pocket 3 is offered with two different Intel processor options: the Pentium Silver N6000 CPU for basic operations or the Core i7-1195G7 for power users. The former option includes 8GB of RAM, while the latter doubles the storage to pair it with the high-performance processor. One update you get with either CPU option is M.2 solid-state storage, rather than the poky eMMC storage that the Pocket 2 uses. Capacity has also increased from the 128GB of the Pocket 2 to 512GB with the Pentium processor or 1TB with the Core i7 chip.
As with its other systems, GPD uses the crowdfunding site Indiegogo for Online order. The Pentium edition of the Pocket 3 is currently $701, while the Core i7 version is $1,050. Both include a stylus, and there’s an option to buy with either your choice of serial or KVM add-on module for an additional $80. The Indiegogo page lists a shipping date for the Pocket 3 as January 2022, but be aware that this is only an estimate and crowdfunding delays are not uncommon.