Pocket PCs and PDAs were all the rage back in the late '90s and early 2000s, because they let you check your calendar, send emails, and browse the web on the go without lugging around a laptop. But, they quickly became obsolete with the introduction of smart phones and tablets. Now they just might make a come back thanks to this Indiegogo campaign for the 5" touchscreen Mi Mini PC.
Why would you want a pocket PC when you most likely already have a smartphone in your pocket right now? The main reason is that it runs Windows 10, so you're getting a full-fledged desktop OS instead of a mobile OS that is full of limitations. For power users, that means you can use it as a terminal for doing server work. Gamers can play PC games on the go, and there is even a snap-on gamepad accessory specifically for that purpose.
The Mi Mini PC is just $149 for super early birds, but it's packing a surprising amount of power under the hood. There is a 5" touch screen, a 2.56GHz Intel Atom® x7-Z8750 processor with four cores, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. There is also a lot of connectivity: an HDMI port, USB 3 port, USB-C port, Ethernet port, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. Essentially, you're getting everything you'd find in a budget laptop, but in a package that fits in your pocket.
The campaign is already well past its funding goal, and still has 22 days left to go. There are even a number of upgrades available if you want better specs. Backers can expect to receive their Mi Mini PCs in September.