MNT Pocket Reform

MNT Pocket Reform is coming from MNT Research. It is modular and upgradable, open-source hardware. I am not sure how much the battery life is. The color is purple only? I would prefer silver like Framework Laptop, or black or clear. And I want to see Fedora is supported.

CPU:

  • Standard: NXP i.MX8M Plus (4× ARM Cortex-A53 @ 1.8GHz, 4 or 8 GB DDR4, Vivante GC7000UL GPU, NPU)
  • Option: NXP Layerscape LS1028A (2× ARM Cortex-A72, 8 or 16GB DDR4, Vivante GC7000UL GPU)
  • Option: Raspberry Pi CM4 (via Adapter, 4× ARM Cortex-A72, 8GB DDR4, VideoCore GPU)
  • Option: Pine SOQuartz RK3566 (via Adapter, 4× ARM Cortex-A55, 8GB DDR4, Mali G52 GPU)
  • Option: FPGA AMD/Xilinx Kintex-7 (for industrial use, RISC-V SoC possible)
  • Reuse / Exchange modules with MNT Reform

Battery

  • USB-C Power Delivery Charging
  • 2× LiIon cells (8000mAh total)
  • Runtime: TBA
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The UMPC dream lives on…

I’ll avoid 1st gen products though…

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I have a MNT Reform now. The Pocket Reform uses the same SoC as the Reform, and will utilize the same bridge to allow the SoC to be upgraded.

Battery life based on what the Reform sees with a larger screen and 16000mAh is probably 4-6 hours. There is no REAL standby mode either, as standby just sucks half as much power. So about 10 hours in “standby” and 4-6 hours runtime. Just my guess. There maybe some other power savings that I’m not aware of.

The Reforms are ARM based. Currently 4gb of RAM is the max. You do have a PCie lane for an NVME but it is only a single lane. I just mention this because this is not an x86 machine and comes no where close to comparing to processing power of the Framework laptop.

For a size comparison, the Penkesu which I made is slight wider than the Pocket Reform. It will be a surprisingly compact device.

Regarding the color: it is purple or black. Both colors are bead blasted anodized.

I should be beta testing it and things are most likely to change with it.

For the record I’m working on taking the Framework mainboard and turning it into a UMPC as well.

If Framework made something like this but with x86 and massive RAM and storage potential, but fully repairable and upgradable, I think I would be in heaven.

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UMPC = Ultla-mobile PC? I learned it now.

Thanks for the info! And nice to see you have your MNT Reform.

I see the MNT Research provides an option for AMD below too.

Option: FPGA AMD/Xilinx Kintex-7 (for industrial use, RISC-V SoC possible)

I found the Penkesu. That’s cool.

True, but that is an FPGA and is not something I would call x86 really.

Yeah…before the netbook era, had a Fujitsu u1010 and a Vaio UX380 back in the day. Those were definitely fun…but slow.

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I loved all of them. I had a Fujitsu Lifebook that was not quite UMPC but was in the 7-8 inch range. I also had an OQO 01 and 02. Those things were so ahead of their time. Seeing something like that happen again but be repairable would be pure perfection to me.

I see. Seeing the FPGA Wikipedia page, I still don’t understand what it is. :sweat_smile: How is it different from the OS CPU architecture such as x86_64, arm64 (aarch64) and etc.

Personally in my use case, as I still mainly need to work with GCC (GNU C compiler) x86_64. I would prefer x86_64 rather than arm64.

God, so jealous here. I REALLY wanted to get my hands on them at the time, but wasn’t able to…pricing and regional availability…

I am interested in a kind of ZSA PLANCK EZ style keyboard of the MNT Pocket Reform and the Penkesu. However, I was surprised by seeing how compact the GPD Win Max 2 is with the high specs below. Because I was thinking that this kind of compactness with high specs was technically difficult.

GPD Win Max 2 - Tech Specs
CPU: Intel 12th Gen i7 (Intel Core i7-1260P) or AMD Ryzen 7 6800U.
Display: 10.1 Inches
Size: 227 × 160 × 23 mm
Battery: 67Wh
Battery Life: 3 Hours Of Heavy Use, 6-8 Hours Of Moderate Use, 14 Hours Of Light Use, Depending On The Specific Environment Of Use

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Onemix has been making mini computers like that for a while. The question isn’t can they be surprisingly powerful it is just a matter of when will it break, because you wont be able to repair it.

I had a Onemix 3pt and I loved it. Sadly the keyboard just died, and Onemix discontinued the model and I could barely get a replacement board. Got one finally. But replacing it will MOST likely break the keyboard backlight layer. So you know, perfectly fine umpc that is dead in the water because of the keyboard.

The Penkesu on the other hand uses a self made Planck like keyboard. I used the QMK toolbox to flash its firmware. It is VERY Planck EZ like (I have one of those as well)/ The keyboard layout is mine and Penk’s creation. I added a mouse layer for the Penkesu.

Anyway my point is that what Framework is doing is something that is absolutely needed across all of the computing realms. Could you imagine a Framework UMPC? It would be an instant buy for me.

Just saw a couple of reviews of the AYANEO Air from Dave2D and ETAPrime. Really tempted to get one. Could do well as a UMPC as well, I would think.

Specs could go up to a Ryzen 5825U, 32GB RAM, 2TB storage…for the Pro model.