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GPD P2 Max 8.9 inch laptop coming soon for $529 and up

Created on:2019-06-18 14:26

A bunch of new mini-laptops are coming in the next few months from GPD, One Netbook, and Chuwi. None are expected to be dirt cheap, but some will have more affordable than others.

 

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Last week the 8.4 inch One Mix 3 Yoga went up for pre-order for $760.

Today GPD announced that its upcoming 8.9 inch Pocket 2 Max will sell for $529 and up. The company hasn’t revealed a release date yet, but GPD plans to launch an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign soon.

Update: It looks like GPD has changed the name from Pocket 2 Max to P2 Max to differentiate its new 8.9 inch mini-laptop from the 7 inch models that precede it. That makes sense, since it’s going to be a bit tougher to actually fit in your pocket.

What you’ll get for $529 is a GPD P2 Max with an 8.9 inch, 2560 x 1600 pixel touchscreen display, an Intel Celeron 3965Y dual-core/dual-thread Kaby Lake processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of solid state storage.

If you want a model with higher-performance specs, GPD has you covered. For $705 you’ll be able to get a P2 Max with an Intel Core m3-8100Y dual-core/quad-thread Amber Lake processor, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of solid state storage.

Both models measure 8.1″ x 5.8″ x 0.7″ and weigh 1.5 pounds, and both feature USB Type-C and Type-A ports, micro HDMI, and 3.5mm headphone jacks. There’s a 2MP webcam, making the P2 Max the first GPD mini laptop to feature one. And there’s a fingerprint sensor built into the power button.

Since the P2 Max is significantly larger than the company’s earlier mini-laptops (the original GPD Pocket and Pocket 2 both have 7 inch displays), there’s room for a larger keyboard and for a touchpad below it (earlier models had tiny optical touch sensors).

While the P2 Max is set to undercut the One Mix 3 Yoga in terms of pricing, it’s worth noting that One Netbook’s upcoming mini PC does have a few features GPD’s lacks, including a 360-degree hinge that lets you use the computer as a tablet, support for an optional active pen (sold separately), and a backlit keyboard.

Meanwhile Chuwi hasn’t announced pricing for its upcoming Minibook yet. But like the P2 Max, the Chuwi Minibook with its 8 inch display is expected to come in two versions: a higher-priced model with an Intel Core m3-8100Y processor and a lower-priced model with an Intel Celeron N4100 Gemini Lake chip. Gemini Lake chips cost a lot less than Amber Lake processors, so I’d expect a model with that processor to sell for less than the entry-level $529 GPD P2 Max.

Update: GPD has posted a video showing gameplay on the P2 Max:

 

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