iTWire - Review: GPD Pocket 3

The GPD Pocket 3 is a full-power laptop in an 8 inch case

Boasting an Intel i7, 1TB of SSD, 16GB RAM a 1920 x 1200px touch screen this tiny but powerful machine is ideal as an ultra-portable laptop.

According to the Windows System view, the computer has an 11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-1195G7 @ 2.90GHz. Further, the graphics is provided by an intel Iris Xe environment.

Shipping with Windows 11, the machine features a slightly reduced keyboard (by our estimate, the distance from the ‘A’ to the far side of the ‘Enter’ is reduced by the width of one normal key) and obviously in such a small keyboard, some less used characters are in slightly ‘odd’ places. The keyboard deck also includes a touch pad and ‘mouse’ buttons.

GPD keyboard

The screen will also flip around, sitting on top of the keyboard to become a tablet – the provided stylus becomes much more useful at this point. One tiny gripe – unlike many such machines, there is no storage slot for the stylus.




The Pocket 3 ships with three USB 3 ports, 1 x HDMI, an audio socket and also comes with a ‘wall wart’ to provide power via a Thunderbolt 4 port. There is also a RJ-45 ethernet connector. The video system will support two 4k 60Hz screens.

The RAM is 16GB of dual-channel LPDDR4x high-speed memory with 86GB/s bandwidth, while the storage is a 1TB M.2 2280, supporting PCIe 4 at up to 7.8Gb/sec.

In the back left corner is a removable panel. By default this contains the third USB 3 port, however, this may be removed and replaced with either a fully functioning serial port or a module that will convert the Pocket 3 to become a KVM device as this module includes a USB and HDMI receiver to accept screen, mouse and keyboard from (perhaps) a rack-mounted server.

So, our impressions. Overall, we like it. As a journalist, it’s nice to be able to carry a fully functional laptop in our ‘man-bag’ especially since it doesn’t require a full power pack and cables, instead the one wall unit will power every device we’re likely to carry. This entire review was written on the Pocket 3 and although it won’t replace our current ‘desktop’ laptop, it will be the mobile machine for all future travel.

GPD also provides a ‘weaker’ version of this laptop with a Pentium Silver 6000 processor and half the amount of RAM and SSD.

The full feature list, as supplied by GPD is as follows:

  • 8-inch IPS screen, 180-degree opening and DC dimming
  • The swivel screen allows clockwise screen rotation around the Y axis, allowing you to share the screen content with everyone around
  • Backward foldable screen that supports 10-point touch, allowing fast switching between laptop/tablet mode
  • Supports active stylus with 4096-level pressure sensor, supports original handwriting and compatible with Surface Pen (pen is included)
  • Supports EIA RS-232 serial interface expansion module, which makes Pocket 3 a true mobile workstation for operation and maintenance engineers
  • Supports single-port KVM (with HDMI IN and USB IN) control module for system and network management on multiple server platform
  • 16GB high frequency dual channel LPDDR4x 3733 RAM for a better experience
  • Comes with 1TB M.2 2280 solid state drive and supports PCIe 4 protocol with significantly improved transmission speed (up to 7.8GB/s theoretical peak speed, surpassing Thunderbolt 4)
  • Built-in Thunderbolt 4 interface that is fully compatible with USB4 and other devices including external graphics docks, enabling higher working and gaming efficiency
  • Accurate fingerprint sensor enabling 1-second fast unlocking and genuine privacy protection
  • Supports Wi-Fi 6, with theorical 300MB/s download speed, transmission speed and throughput that are nearly 5 times those of Wi-Fi 5
  • Aluminium unibody design, similar as what being used by Apple devices, giving a appearance with sophistication and details
  • Active and quiet heat dissipation with intelligently controlled cooling fans (with hydraulic bearings and pure copper cooling modules)
  • Ergonomic mouse + touchpad layout optimised for thumb control while holding the device with two hands
  • 10000mAh high-capacity battery that supports 45W PD fast charge and 9 hours of video playback
  • Supports mainstream PD power banks, which allow 45W or higher input power for faster charging;
    Supports TPM 2.0 and comes with the latest Windows 11
  • QWERTY full keyboard optimized for best two hand typing experience, and with long-lasting backlight that can be turned on or off through key combinations
  • Built-in 2 million pixel camera for online communication with family and friends anytime, anywhere
  • The 2.5mm screw holes on the side make it convenient for flexible fixing in various complex settings, including fixing on a stand or behind a screen
  • All-round productivity tool in your pocket, which can help you solve problems anytime, anywhere;
    2.5G Ethernet card with ground-breaking transmission rate that is 2.5 times the theoretical speed of gigabit broadband
  • 3 USB 3.2 ports to connect more peripherals with 10Gbps/s high-speed transmission
  • User-friendly lanyard design that accommodates any name card/phone lanyard
  • Multiple video outputs for flexible multi-tasking, including simultaneous work and play
  • Top of line AAC stereo speakers with double amplitude enhancement, great volume with clear sound

The author paid for their device with their own money via an Indegogo campaign a couple of months ago for around AU $1,700, although a simple search reveals that the machine is available from other sources.

Also, if you’re interested, there are a few videos on GPD’s video page including Linus’ look at a pre-production model in later 2021 and a Linux installation.

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