MNT Pocket Reform is a 7-inch mini laptop with an open and modular hardware design
MNT Reform makers began shipping their modular, open-source laptop to backers last year following a successful crowdfunding campaign launched in 2020.
Now they are preparing to launch a brand new device. And this time it’s… smaller. The MNT pocket reform is a 7-inch mini laptop with an ortholinear keyboard, a modular (and customizable) design, and a focus on open hardware and open source software.
MNT has been working on the Pocket Reform since last year, but now the team has revealed the near-final design and specs, including:
- 7-inch screen, 1920 x 1080 pixels
- 60-key keyboard with ortholinear design and Kailh Choc White mechanical key switches and RGB backlighting
- 10mm optical trackball with 4 buttons
At the heart of the system is a removable system-on-module (SOM) with processor and memory. The standard module will feature a 1.8 GHz NXP i.MX8M Plus Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor with Vivante GC7000UL graphics and neural processing unit plus 4GB or 8GB of DDR4 memory. But other options include:
- NXP Layerscape LS1028A chip with 2 ARM Cortex-A72 cores, Vivante GC7000UL graphics and 8GB or 16GB DDR4 memory
- Raspberry Pi CM4 with 4 ARM Cortex-A72 CPU cores, VideoCore graphics, 8GB DDR4 RAM (and an adapter)
- Pine64 SOQuartz RK3566 with 4 ARM Cortex-A55 CPU cores, Malie-G52 graphics, 8GB RAM (and an adapter)
- AMD/Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA (with support for RISC-V or other architectures)
The modules are also interchangeable with the full-size MNT Reform, meaning if you already have a module for the 12.5-inch laptop, it should work with the newer 7-inch model, and vice versa.
The Pocket Reform measures approximately 200 x 126 x 45mm (7.9″ x 5″ x 1.8″) and has a built-in ono speaker, microphone (with a hardware kill switch that lets you to deactivate it when not in use) and two USB Type-C ports, a micro HDMI port, an Ethernet socket and a microSD card reader.
For storage, the system supports up to 128GB of eMMC flash storage and also has an M.2 slot for up to 2TB of PCIe NVMe solid-state storage. The system is powered by an 8000 mAh battery.
Wireless capabilities vary by SOM, but if you opt for the default NXP i.MX8M Plus configuration, you’ll get WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0 support out of the box. There’s also optional support for a WWAN card and a SIM card slot if you want to add 4G or 5G cellular support.
MNT says supported operating systems include GNU/Linux distributions such as Debian, Arch, and Ubuntu as well as other software including Plane 9 and Genode. OpenBSD support is considered a work in progress.
One thing the company has yet to announce? Pricing. But MNT plans to start taking pre-orders for a beta version of Pocket Reform in July in a bid to get the hardware into the hands of hackers and software interested in helping troubleshoot the device before it becomes more widely available. .
People who want to help with beta testing can sign up for the Pocket Reform newsletter or keep an eye on the MNT Community Forum for more details.
MNT pocket reform is coming! (more info below) pic.twitter.com/c6g4GG2Nif
— lukas f. hartmann (@minut_e) June 27, 2022