Project Limitless: Lenovo and Qualcomm reveal the world’s first 5G laptop Is this ‘Project Limitless’ 5G PC the future of computing? CNET Reviews Best midsize laptops: Ultrabook-thin yet full-powered Read More Folding screens, like those on the ThinkPad prototype Lenovo showed off in May, stand to steal the spotlight from 2-in-1s based on a detachable (Surface-like) or convertible (Yoga-like) screen design. But in the retro haven of Indiegogo, a few companies have sought to revive the dream of laptops that try to cram the most usable screen and keyboard into the smallest possible form factor. Now, two competing campaigns are featuring laptops with displays that come closer to those of today’s tablets. However, unlike the netbooks of yore, these new models have sleek profiles, premium materials, and capable processors. One of these is from mini-laptop maker GPD, which has launched almost its entire product family on Indiegogo. The company has raised nearly $1.8 million across 10 campaigns, including two for for mini laptops with 7″ screens and barely touch-typable keyboards as well as an industrial-focused mini laptop with a 6″ display, thumb keyboard, and a full RS-232 serial port. The latter is the bigger brother the short-lived FlipStart PC never had. Having explored the limits of laptop equivalent of Smart Fortwos, the company is moving into the equivalent of Mini Coopers with the P2 Max, an 8.9″ device that it is billing as the world’s smallest Ultrabook. (If you’re going to make ’90s-style computers, you may as well use ’90s-style designations.)… [Read full story]
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