A completely open hardware and software laptop is already intriguing, but what if it could fold up to fit in your pocket? The MNT Pocket Reform does exactly that in a 17-centimeter shell that comes with Debian GNU and is compatible with other Linux distributions. Linux. You can wow your friends with this mini computer’s mechanical keyboard, 1080p display, and modular design that invites you to adapt and expand it to meet your own needs.
To be fair, you will need a somewhat roomy pocket in order to fit inside the MNT Pocket Reform. The original plan was a 5-inch screen, but the MNT team told IEEE Spectrum that this size made the keyboard too narrow for comfort, so it was enlarged a bit to make typing easier.
The 17cm mechanical keyboard has 60 keys and a trackball, so there’s no need to connect or pair input devices. Bluetooth 5.0 and two USB-C ports make it easy to connect a larger keyboard and mouse if you want. The ortholinear keyboard aligns the keys in a rectangular grid pattern that can take a bit of getting used to, and touch typists will certainly be more comfortable with the traditional layout of an external keyboard.
The latest news from the MNT website is the completion of the fulfillment of Crowd Supply, a crowdfunding platform for engineers. Good progress is being made on integrating the Raspberry Pi, so the MNT Pocket Reform could be a good computer to pair with electronics projects.
At just 20 × 12.6 × 4.5 cm, the MNT Pocket Reform is a full-featured laptop with various ARM processor options with 4 to 16 GB of memory; up to 128GB of flash storage, up to 2TB SSD and a MicroSD card slot; a 7-inch 1080p display and micro-HDMI output with up to 4K resolution; a 60-key backlit mechanical keyboard with trackball; Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.
You can see that this is a serious computer with plenty of expansion and connection options. It is powered by an 8,000mAh battery that can be charged using Power Delivery. Being a super portable laptop, there is also an option for mobile internet with a 4G/5G/LTE modem and a micro SIM card slot. Pricing is not yet available, but you can learn more and check the progress of MNT Pocket Reform at CrowdSupply.