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Updated | GPD Pocket 2 Max: The Chuwi and One Mix UMPC competitor with a Dell-style nosecam

Just when we thought nosecams were becoming a thing of the past... (Image source: PC Watch)
Just when we thought nosecams were becoming a thing of the past... (Image source: PC Watch)
The Pocket 2 Max is an 8.9-inch mini laptop that includes a Core m3-8100Y processor, up to 16 GB RAM and a removable PCIe NVMe SSD. Oh, and a dreaded nosecam too.
Update: New device photos and hands-on video added.

GPD first teased the Pocket 2 Max at the International Consumer Electronics Expo (ICEE) in Moscow a few weeks ago. Now, the company has brought the mini laptop to Japan IT Week in Tokyo to give the world a first look at its upcoming UMPC. The Pocket 2 Max is much larger than GPD's other mini laptops, with the company comparing the device against the iPad Mini 4 instead of something like the Pocket 2.

Moreover, GPD has clarified that the Pocket 2 Max will measure 213 x 149.5 mm, which is slightly larger than original promotional materials claimed. The device will also be 5.5 mm to 14.2 mm thick according to a post on Twitter by the company, which would make the Pocket 2 Max much bulkier than we initially thought. It is unclear how GPD has calculated the latter measurements so it will be interesting to see what the company lists on its product page when it announces the Pocket 2 Max on its website.

The Pocket 2 Max will also be the first GPD mini laptop to feature a webcam and trackpad. Disappointingly, the company has opted for a Dell or Gigabyte style nosecam, which pokes out from the display hinge. Its placement is arguably worse than those in XPS laptops, because it almost sits flush with the keyboard, giving your colleagues or friends a perfect view of your fingers if you are typing during a video call.

PC Watch reports that the device on display at Japan IT Week is just a prototype so it will look a bit rough around the edges compared to the retail version. The prototype does have what appears to be a maintenance cover that provides access to the PCIe NVMe SSD.

There is still no word yet on pricing or an official release. GPD teased on Twitter that it will be bringing the Pocket 2 Max to market in Q2 or Q3 though, so watch this space.

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Update

GPD has released several photos of the Pocket 2 Max at Japan IT week. The company posted a video of the device on Twitter too.

Image source: PC Watch
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Alex Alderson, 2019-05- 9 (Update: 2019-05-11)
Alex Alderson
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.