GPD Pocket 3 FAQ – Everything We Know So Far [Last Update: 12/11/2021]

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Welcome to the DroiX GPD Pocket 3 FAQ – where we gather all the information we’re able to about GPD‘s latest up-and-coming laptop, the GPD Pocket 3.
With the year coming to a close many companies announce new hardware that is set to enter the market, and GPD are no exception announcing two new high-end devices within a short time period (the first being the GPD XP).

[12/11/2021 Update] Sample units have started landing in the hands of reveiwers, plus the kickstarter has been launched! Scroll down or click the heading in the table of contents to read more!

What IS the GPD Pocket 3?

The GPD Pocket 3 is the latest member in GPD‘s long running line of mini laptops. Smaller in form factor than your average laptop, the GPD Pockets are excellent companions for commutes where you need a bit more horsepower than a mobile phone, but don’t want to carry a huge 14 inch screen device around.

Briefly teased in the middle of september, the Pocket 3 was formally announced on the 24th of September 2021 via the official GPD twitter @softwincn

GPD Pocket 3 Technical Specifications

You can view the GPD Pocket 3’s general technical specifications below. We have also provided more in-depth specifications in the following sections.

Device ModelPocket 3 Pro (“High-End”)Pocket 3 (“Base”)
ProcessorIntel Core i7-1195G7 (Octa-core, 2.9-5.0GHz)Intel® Pentium® Silver N6000 (Quad-core, 1.1-3.3GHz)
GraphicsIntel® Iris® Xe Graphics (i7 only)Intel® UHD Graphics (Pentium only)
RAM16GB LPDDR4x @ 3733MHz 8GB LPDDR4x @ 2933MHz
Storage Options1TB M.2 NVMe512GB M.2 NVMe
Storage ExpansionN/A N/A
Wi-FiWi-Fi 6 (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax) Wi-Fi 6 (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax)
Bluetooth5.0 5.0
ControlsBacklit QWERTY Chiclet Keyboard
Touchpad
Three Mouse Keys (Left/Middle/Right)
Backlit QWERTY Chiclet Keyboard
Touchpad
Three Mouse Keys (Left/Middle/Right)
Ports2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
1x Thunderbolt 4
1x RJ45 (Ethernet)
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x 3.5mm Audio Jack
2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C
1x RJ45 (Ethernet)
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x 3.5mm Audio Jack
Other FeaturesStylus Compatible
180-degree unfolding angle
180-degree rotatable display
Modular Connection Interface
Windows 11 Compatible
Backlit Keyboard
Built-In Camera (@2MP)
Built-In Microphone
Stylus Compatible
180-degree unfolding angle
360-degree rotatable display
Modular Connection Interface
Windows 11 Compatible
Backlit Keyboard
Built-In Camera (@2MP)
Built-In Microphone
Battery10000mAh
45W PD Fast-Charge
10000mAh
45W PD Fast-Charge
Dimensions198×137×20mm 198×137×20mm
Weight725g approx. 725g approx.
PriceTBATBA
GPD Pocket 3 Specifications

GPD Pocket 3 CPU Specifications

Device Model Pocket 3 Pro (“High-End”) Pocket 3 (“Base”)
CPU ModelIntel Core i7-1195G7Intel® Pentium® Silver N6000
Cores/Threads4 Cores, 8 Threads4 Cores, 4 Threads
Base Frequency2.90GHz1.10GHz
Turbo Frequency (1 Core)5.00GHz3.30GHz
Turbo Frequency (All Cores)4,60GHz2.50GHz
Level 2 Cache5 MB1.5MB
Level 3 Cache12MB4MB
ArchitectureTiger Lake UP3Tremont
Lithography10nm10nm
TDP12~15W
15~20W
20~25W
6W
10W
GPD Pocket 3 CPU Specifications

GPD Pocket 3 GPU Specifications

Device Model Pocket 3 Pro (“High-End”) Pocket 3 (“Base”)
Processor GraphicsIntel Iris Xe Graphics 96Intel UHD Graphics
Base Frequency400MHz350MHz
Dynamic Frequency1400MHz850MHz
Execution Units96 EUs32 EUs
Shaders768256
Video MemoryShared MemoryShared Memory
Maximum Output4096×2304 @ 60Hz (HDMI)
7680×4320 @ 60Hz (DisplayPort)
4096×2304 @ 60Hz (eDP)
4096×2160 @ 60Hz (HDMI)
4096×2160 @ 60Hz (DisplayPort)
4096×2160 @ 60Hz (eDP)
DirectX12.112
OpenGL4.64.5
GPD Pocket 3 GPU Specifications

GPD Pocket 3 Storage Specifications

Device Model Pocket 3 Pro (“High-End”) Pocket 3 (“Base”)
RAM Capacity16GB8GB
RAM TypeLPDDR4x @ 3733MHz
(underclocked from 4266MHz)
LPDDR4x @ 2933MHz
(underclocked from 4266MHz, limited by CPU)
RAM ChannelDual ChannelDual Channel
Storage TypeM.2 SSDM.2 SSD
Storage InterfaceSocket 3Socket 3
SSD Specifications22mm*80mm
Supports Double-Sided Layout
22mm*80mm
Supports Double-Sided Layout
Standard Capacity1TB
Replacable
No Capacity Limit*
512GB
Replacable
No Capacity Limit*
BUS SpecificationPCIe Gen 3.0 / 4.0 x 4PCIe Gen 3.0 x 4
Transfer ProtocolNVMe 1.3 / 1.4NVMe 1.3
GPD Pocket 3 Storage Specifications

*We at DroiX would advise not going above 4TB at the most, as GPD have not verified the maximum size they have tested GPD Pocket 3 with.

GPD Pocket 3 Screen Specifications

Screen Size8 Inches
Screen Resolution1920×1200
Screen Brightness500nit
Aspect Ratio16:10
Pixels-Per-Inch248ppi
Touch Functionality10-point Touch
Other FeaturesClockwise 180-degree Y-Axis Rotation
GPD Pocket 3 Screen Specifications

GPD Pocket 3 I/O Specifications

Standard Interfaces1x Thunderbolt 4 (High-End Only)
1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (Base Only)
1x HDMI 2.0b
2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
1x 3.5mm Audio Jack
KeyboardBacklit Chiclet QWERTY Keyboard
Fingerprint Reader2-in-1 Power/Fingerprint Button
TouchPadThree-Finger Gesture Support
MouseLeft Button
Right Button
Mouse Wheel
Stylus4096-level Pressure Sensitivity
Surface Pen Compatible
USB Expansion Module1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
Serial Port Expansion Module1x RS-232
KVM Expansion ModuleSingle-Port
1x USB-IN
1x HDMI-IN
Camera2MP (1600×1200)
77° FoV
AudioBuilt-In AAC Linear Stereo Speakers
Built-In Microphone
GPD Pocket 3 I/O Specifications

Multiple GPD Pocket 3 Versions

The GPD Pocket 3 will come in two versions. A “high-end” version, and a “Base” version.

GPD Pocket 3 Base Specifications

The base version of the GPD Pocket 3 features the following specifications unique to it:

  • CPU: Intel Pentium Silver N6000
  • RAM: 8GB LPDDR4x @ 2933 MHz
  • Storage: 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD
  • Other: USB Type-C

This lower spec version of the GPD Pocket 3 is more comparable to GPD’s earlier Micro PC model in performance, and should be useful for those simply looking to use the device as a daily driver for basic tasks. Such as programming, systems administration, and more.

GPD Pocket 3 High-End Specifications

The high-end version of the GPD Pocket 3 features the following specifications unique to it:

  • CPU: Intel Core™ i7-1195G7
  • RAM: 16GB LPDDR4x @ 3733 MHz
  • Storage: 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD
  • Other: USB Thunderbolt 4

This high end version of the Pocket 3 features a significantly more powerful processor, identical to that seen in the GPD Win 3. It also features more RAM (also running at a higher frequency) and a larger SSD.

The USB-C port on the GPD Pocket 3 also becomes a Thunderbolt 4 port in the High-End model. So it should allow for connectivity to external GPUs – although this remains to be confirmed.

The High-End GPD Pocket 3 will be surprisingly capable at gaming, although those who wish to primarily game may want to check out the GPD WIN MAX 2021 instead.

[12/11/2021] GPD Pocket 3 RAM Details

Both models of the GPD Pocket 3 ship with LPDDR4x RAM. Curiously, this RAM is rated at 4266MHz, but in both models it is underclocked.

In the high-end model (which we call the Pocket 3 Pro), it is underclocked to 3733MHz, but you can configure it to run at 4266MHz in the BIOS.

Meanwhile, in the base model (referred to as just the Pocket 3) is underclocked to 2933MHz, and cannot go above this frequency due to limitations of the Pentium Silver N6000 processor.

As per an exchange on the crowdfunding page, the RAM will be soldered onto the motherboard, and is unlikely to be replaceable by the end-user.

A GPD representative confirmed that the RAM is soldered onto the motherboard

GPD Pocket 3 – Benchmarks

Because the device has only just been announced. It’s difficult to get an understanding of how it will perform. For example: GPD may potentially underclock the device by default as a way of reducing heat and increasing power efficiency. We just don’t know.

The Intel Core i7 1195G7 is a processor that has appeared in a few recent gaming handhelds. Most notably the OneXPlayer 1S and the GPD WIN MAX 2021, so we can get rough ideas about performance from its benchmark videos.

In other words, the i7 GPD Pocket 3 will likely be a similarly high-performer when it comes to gaming. For anything else less-demanding, it will probably handle it with ease.

[20/10/2021] GPD have uploaded video footage of the high-end GPD Pocket 3, running Devil May Cry 5. You can view it below:

As we expected, the GPD Pocket 3 is about as competent at gaming as the GPD Win 3, OneXplayer and the GPD WIN MAX 2021. It will easily be able to handle productivity tasks too.

The Pentium N6000 is a more difficult processor to observe however. When it comes to Pentium processors, it is generally understood that they are a weaker, cheaper, more energy-efficient alternative to Intel’s “Core” line, and so comprehensive benchmarks are not often made.

Despite this, we’ve managed to locate a video of a Pentium N6000 laptop below. Albeit not in English.

If you plan to do any heavyweight tasks with the N6000, it may be a tough sell. But if you’re just using it as a hobby device (something to put on your workbench/etc.) or a daily driver/commute partner (emails, watching videos), it will handle that just fine.


The Physical Details

The GPD Pocket 3 bears a striking resemblance to the GPD Micro PC and the One Netbook A1. Displaying a more practical, utilitarian design, instead of emphasizing thinness like it’s immediate predecessor, the GPD Pocket 2. A large trackpad (relative to previous Pocket devices) encompasses the inner right shoulder of the device, with dedicated mouse keys on the opposite side.

GPD Pocket 3 open view, closed view, and tablet mode view

Modularity?

GPD have mentioned that some aspects of the device are modular, meaning that they should be easily user replaceable. It remains to be seen what exactly is modular about the device.

[20/10/2021] The GPD Pocket 3 features a modular interface on the rear of the unit, fastened in place with screws. This interface can be freely swap between multiple modules, allowing the GPD Pocket 3 to better adapt to it’s environment and use cases.

At the moment, only three modules have been observed:

  • A standard USB module, featuring a single USB 3.2 Type-A port (Comes with the unit)
  • A serial port module, featuring an RS-232 (Purchased Separately)
  • A KVM module, featuring a HDMI-IN port and USB-IN port (Purchased Separately)

How big is the GPD Pocket 3?

GPD state that the Pocket 3 is “8 inches” in size. Whether or not they are referring to the screen, or the whole device (when closed) remains to be seen.

[20/10/2021] The GPD Pocket 3 has been stated to be approximately 198x137x20mm in size, making it not much larger than a mobile phone.

It is also approximately 725g in weight, making it suitably light for carrying around.

Admittedly, it’s a LARGE phone…

Display Rotation

The display on the Pocket 3 can be rotated 180 degrees on both the Y axis and the X axis.

GPD Pocket 3 Screen Rotation

With the screen rotated fully on both axes, the device takes the form of a (very chunky) tablet. Identical to the One Netbook A1.

Stylus Support

The chunky tablet form achieved by this is useful, as the device has support for digital styluses. Featuring up to 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity.


When is the GPD Pocket 3’s Release Date?

At this point in time we don’t have any information on the GPD Pocket 3’s release date, it’s pricing, or when/if the crowdfunding campaign will launch for it. We will update here with more info as it is revealed.

GPD Pocket 3 Price?

While no official price has been announced for the GPD Pocket 3, you can likely expect the price for the i7 version to be somewhere in the £800-1000 range – based on the current price of the GPD WIN 3.

The price for the Pentium N6000 model is entirely up in the air however, but it will without a doubt be the cheaper of the two. Likely in the £300-£600 range.

[12/11/2021 Update] The GPD Pocket 3’s crowdfunding page has launched, and with it, prices for the GPD Pocket 3 have been revealed.

The GPD Pocket 3 (base/Pentium model) is available from the crowdfunding page for approximately £484 GBP.

Meanwhile, the GPD Pocket 3 Pro (high-end/i7 model) is available for £744.

Both models come bundled with a stylus for use with the unit.

The base model falls in line with our expectations, but pleasantly, the higher-end model is slightly cheaper than expected.

Buyers can also opt to add an extra £60 to receive the KVM and RS-232 modules alongside the device.


[28/09/2021 Update] More GPD Specifications Revealed

GPD have unveiled a few more details about the GPD Pocket 3 since it’s announcement. These details primarily relate to the screen.

The GPD Pocket 3 features an 8-inch, H-IPS display with a resolution of 1920×1200 (16:10). It also features 284ppi and brightness of up to 500nit.

More information about the physical build was also recently revealed.

As we suspected, the GPD Pocket 3 features a 360 degree rotatable display, and can unfold to lie completely flat. This further deepens the similarities to the One Netbook A1.


[20/10/2021 Update] Video Footage of the GPD Pocket 3, etc.

It’s been a while since our last update! Since then, a large amount of information on the GPD Pocket 3 has been revealed.

First of all, there’s now official video footage of the GPD Pocket 3, which you can see in the video below!

GPD Pocket 3 Video Reveal Gameplay

Although it is just a prototype, we can plainly see that the Pocket 3 appears to be a hybrid between the One Netbook A1 and the GPD Micro PC in appearance. Adopting the control layout of the latter, and combining it with the rotatable screen of the former.

GPD have also confirmed what USB ports are present on the device, as seen from the below tweet:

The GPD Pocket 3 will feature three USB 3.2 ports that support speeds of up to 10Gbps. It will also feature a Thunderbolt 4 Type-C USB port.

The observant viewer will notice that the USB port on the rear has a few screws present near it. This is because the rear-most USB port on the GPD Pocket is just one of many “modules” that can be inserted into the slot.

This rear slot forms the core of the modular interface that headlines the GPD Pocket 3’s features. Allowing the user to switch between a variety of different connectors in order to best-suit their use case.

At this point, it is clear that the Pocket 3 is intended to supersede both the Micro PC and Pocket product lines, and combine them into one.

A backlit keyboard has also been confirmed for the model, making the unit more comfortable to use in darker environments.

Finally, a camera has also been confirmed to be built-into the unit.

With built-in-speakers, a microphone and a camera, the GPD Pocket 3 is fully equipped to take video calls from the get-go!


[12/10/2021 Update] IndieGogo, specifics, and more

It’s been a while since our last update! Let’s get right into what’s new with the GPD Pocket 3.

GPD Pocket 3 IndieGogo/Crowdfunding Details

The GPD Pocket 3 IndieGogo page as of 12/11/2021

First of all, the GPD Pocket 3 crowdfunding campaign has been launched. Both versions, Pentium and i7, can be purchased bundled with a stylus, or bundled with both the Stylus and the KVM/RS-232 modules for a little extra.

The prices for the GPD Pocket 3 (when ordered from GPD’s IndieGogo) are currently as follows:

  • $5,056 HKD (approx. £485 GBP) for the base (Pentium) model.
  • $7,770 HKD (approx. £746 GBP) for the high-end (i7 model).

Both of these come bundled with a stylus. You can also pay an extra £60 GBP for a bundle with the KVM and RS-232 modules too.

Resellers will likely have their own pre-order listings available in the coming weeks. Unless you’re in urgent need of the device, we’d advise purchasing from a local reseller, as you’ll have more buyer-protections in place.

Quick Looks/First Impressions

The first samples of the GPD Pocket 3 have started to arrive with reviewers, so now it is possible to get a more in-depth look at the machine.

See below for a few videos showcasing the GPD Pocket 3 in action:

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