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Pocket PC handheld Linux computer coming in 2020 for $199 and up (maybe — crowdfunding)

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Sure, there’s a chance you could turn your old smartphone into a pocket-sized Linux computer by replacing the operating system. But if you’re looking for a purpose-built device with a touchscreen display, a QWERTY keyboard, and features you won’t typically find on phones (like 4 USB ports), the folks at Popcorn Computer have you covered.

Maybe. The team has unveiled plans to launch a new pocket-sized computer, appropriately called the Pocket P.C.

It’s set to go up for pre-order through a crowdfunding campaign beginning November 24th. Prices will start at $199 (or $249 for a model with a LoRa radio). And if everything goes according to plan, it could ship by May 1st, 2020.

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Pocket PC handheld Linux mini PC from $199

  • Pocket PC handheld Linux mini PC from $199

    The development team at Popcorn Computer have this week announced they will be launching a new Linux mini PC next year sometime during 2020 with prices starting from just $199. If your budget will stretch and you would like LoRa connectivity than the price increases to $249. Hopefully the new mini PC will be launched early next year and shipping is expected to take place sometime around May 2020.

    It’s not sure whether the Linux mini PC will be made available via a crowdfunding site or directly from the Popcorn Computer website. The mini PC is expected to be equipped with a 4.95 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS LCD touchscreen display and powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 64-bit processor supported by 2GB of RAM and equipped with 32GB of eMMC storage.

New Pocket PC handheld Linux mini PC from $199

  • New Pocket PC handheld Linux mini PC from $199

    The development team at Popcorn Computer have this week announced they will be launching a new Linux mini PC next year sometime during 2020 with prices starting from just $199. If your budget will stretch and you would like LoRa connectivity than the price increases to $249. Hopefully the new mini PC will be launched early next year and shipping is expected to take place sometime around May 2020.

    It’s not sure whether the Linux mini PC will be made available via a crowdfunding site or directly from the Popcorn Computer website. The mini PC is expected to be equipped with a 4.95 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS LCD touchscreen display and powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 64-bit processor supported by 2GB of RAM and equipped with 32GB of eMMC storage.

Linux-powered handheld is like a PocketChip on steroids

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    Source Parts has opened $199 pre-orders for a Linux-driven, quad -A53 “Pocket P.C.” handheld with 2GB DDR3, 32GB eMMC, 4x USB Type-C, keyboard, 5-inch HD touchscreen, WiFi/BT, and optional LoRa and GNSS.

    In June, Source Parts went to Kickstarter to resurrect the design of the now defunct Next Thing’s open-spec Chip SBC as a $49 and up Original Popcorn SBC. Also on tap were two “Super Popcorn” models that swapped the Chip’s Cortex-A8-based Allwinner GR8 for a quad-core, Cortex-A53 Amlogic S905D or octa-core -A53 S912. The all-or-nothing campaign for the Popcorn products failed, having achieved only $5K of its $250K goal.

Pocket Popcorn Computer Handheld Linux Computer

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