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Zotac PI330 Cherry Trail mini PC Supports Dual Monitor Setups with HDMI and DisplayPort Outputs

May 27th, 2016 6 comments

Several low power Intel mini PCs coming out of Chinese manufacturers support dual monitor setups, but usually they combine HDMI and VGA with models such as Vorke V1 or MeLE PCG03. Zotac PI330 mini PC powered by an Intel Atom x5-Z8500 processor offers instead dual independent display support via HDMI and DisplayPort connectors.

Zotac_PI330Zotac PI330 hardware specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Atom x5-Z8500 quad core processor @ 1.44 GHz / 2.24 GHz) with 2M Cache and Intel Gen8 Graphics
  • System Memory –  2GB LPDDR3
  • Storage – 32GB eMMC flash + micro SD/SDHC/SDXC card reader
  • Video Output – DP1.1a, HDMI 1.4b
  • Audio – DisplayPort, HDMI and 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo jack
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 Type-C, 2x USB 3.0 port
  • Misc – Power LED,
  • Power Supply – 5V/3A
  • Dimensions – 115 x 76 x 20.7 mm

Zotac_PI330_Power_SD

The fanless mini PC is pre-loaded with Windows 10 Home, and ships with a universal power adapter, VESA mounting brackets, two mount screws, one CTIA -> OMTP audio jack adapter, and a O/S Recovery DVD.

Pricing has not been disclosed, but more info may be available at Computex 2016 taking place on May 31 – June 4, in Taipei, Taiwan, and you can also consult Zotac PI330 product page.

Thanks to TLS for the tip.

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MeegoPad A02 Octa-Core Remix OS TV Stick Sells for $30 and Up (in China)

May 26th, 2016 2 comments

After tablets, mini PCs, laptops, and All-in-one PCs, Remix OS is getting on yet another form factor with MeegoPad A02 TV stick powered by Allwinner A83T octa-core Cortex A7 processor with 1 or 2GB RAM, 16 or 32 GB storage.

MeegoPad_A02

MeegoPad A02 specifications:

  • SoC – Allwinner A83T octa-core ARM Cortex-A7 @ 2.0 GHz with  PowerVR SGX544MP1 GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB or 2GB DDR3L
  • Storage – 16GB or 32GB eMMC flash, micro SD slot up to 128GB
  • Video Output – HDMI up to 4K resolution
  • Audio Output – HDMI, 3,5 mm headphone jack
  • Connetivity – 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB port for power
  • Misc – Power button
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A via micro USB
  • Dimensions – 110 x 43 x 9.9 mm
  • Weight – 50 grams

Remix_OS_TV_StickThe device runs Remix OS 2.0 based on Android 5.1 with desktop optimizations such as taskbar, start menu, multi-window support,.. and Microsoft Office apps are pre-installed.


MeegoPad A02 has launched on a crowdfunding campaign in China on JD.com, where the 1GB/16GB version can be purchased for 199 RMB (~$30) and the 2GB/32GB version for 299 RMB (~$46)

Via Liliputing

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Vorke V1 mini PC Features Intel Celeron J3160 Processor, 4GB RAM, a 64GB SSD, and Supports 2.5″ SATA Drives

May 25th, 2016 8 comments

Vorke V1 is a Windows 10 mini PC powered by Intel Celeron J3160 quad core “Braswell” processor with 4GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, and support for an internal 2.5″ SATA drive, as well as support for dual monitor setups thanks to VGA and HDMI ports.

Vorke_V1

Image source: Freaktab

Vorke V1 specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Celeron J3160 quad core processor @ 1.6/2.24 GHz with Intel HD 400 graphics GPU @ 320/700MHz – 6W TDP
  • System Memory – 4GB DDR3L alledgedly upgradeable to 8GB, so it must be using SO-DIMM memory (TBC)
  • Storage – 64GB internal storage + 2.5″ SATA drive support + micro SD slot
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4b and VGA
  • Audio Output – HDMI and 3.5mm headphone jack; ALC269 audio codec
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 ports, 2x USB 3.0 ports
  • Misc – Power button & LED, IR receiver.
  • Power Supply – 19V/2.1A
  • Dimensions – 153.4 x 153.4 x 38mm
  • Weight – 390 gramsVGA_HDMI_Intel_Mini_PC

The mini PC is pre-loaded with Windows 10 (most certainly not activated at that price), and is said to support Windows 7/8.1, but it will most probably run Linux distributions just fine too. [Update: GeekBuying told me Windows 10 was activated, but it must be a different license than products like MINIX NGC-1, for which the company paid around $80 for the license]

The computer ships with a power adapter, a power cord, and a user’s manual. If the specifications are correct, it’s one of the rare Intel mini PC with a built-in IR receiver, and the support for an internal 2.5″ SSD or hard drive is also a plus.

Cheap_Braswell_mini_PC_SATA

Vorke V1 is currently sold on GeekBuying for $199.99, but it was listed for only $159.99 as I started this very post (sadly). [Update: VORKEV1 coupon will bring the price down back to $159.99]

Via AndroidPC.es

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GOLE1 is a $79 Intel Atom x5 Windows 10 / Android 5.1 mini PC with a 5″ Touchscreen Display (Crowdfunding)

May 24th, 2016 19 comments

PiPo has been one of the first company to take advantage of Microsoft policy of providing a free license for Windows 10 for devices with smaller touchscreen displays with mini PCs such as PiPo X8 that includes a 7″ display, saving $25 to $35 on the Windows 10 license for such products without displays. Shenzhen Qianhai Gole Technology (Gole) has also been selling similar devices on their Aliexpress store, and the company is now taking to Indiegogo to launch their latest model, dubbed GOLE1, featuring a 5″ touchscreen display, and fitting in your pocket.

Gole_1

Gole1 specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Atom x5-Z8300 “Cherry Trail” quad core processor @ 1.44 GHz / 1.84 GHz with Intel Gen8 HD graphics (2W SDP)
  • System Memory –  2 or 4 GB DDR3L
  • Storage – 32 or 64 GB NAND flash + micro SD slot up to 64GB
  • Display – 5″ capacitive touchscreen display with 1280×720 resolution;  5 point touch
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4 port
  • Audio I/O – HDMI, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0 with external antenna
  • USB – 3x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x USB 3.0 port, 1x micro USB port
  • Misc – Power , volume and back buttons
  • Battery – 2600mAh battery good about about 2 hours of typical use
  • Power Supply – 5V/2.4A
  • Dimensions – 135.4 x 90.4 x 20 (aluminum case)
  • Weight – 200 grams (maybe)Gole1_Ports

The mini PC runs a dual OS firmware with Windows 10 Home and Android 5.1 with Google Play store. That means the space will really be tight for Windows 10 if you go with the 32GB version, as in my experience even Windows 10 only mini PC with 32GB storage get filled pretty quickly. It all depend on your use case, but the 64GB version is probably more suitable for most people.

The early bird rewards include the  2GB RAM and 32GB flash version for  $79, and the 4GB RAM and 64 GB storage version for $99. One reward also include a 2.5″ HDD case magnetically connected to the mini PC, and that supports up to 2 TB HDD. Shipping (by DHL) is not included and adds $26, which brings the early bird prices to $105 and $125. Delivery is scheduled for July 2016. If you’re not comfortable with getting involved in the crowdfunding campaign, but are interested in the product, it will certainly be sold via the company’s Aliexpress store in due time.

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Beelink BT7 mini PC Powered by Atom x7-Z8700 Processor Features 4GB RAM, Up to 320 GB SSD

May 18th, 2016 6 comments

When I reviewed Voyo V3 mini PC based on Intel Atom x7-Z8700 processor, I was quite satisfied with the experience thanks to very fast storage with decent capacity (120 GB), the fastest Cherry Processor available combined with 4GB RAM which made for a pretty good experience under Windows 10 for just under $200. However, the mini PC networking capabilities suffer, with the lack of Ethernet, and WiFi limited to 802.11n @ 2.4 GHz. Beelink has been working on their own Atom x7 mini PC, namely Beelink BT7, with both Gigabit Ethernet & dual band WiFi, as well as various SSD options up to 320 GB.

Beelink_BT7Beelink BT7 mini PC specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Atom x7-Z8700 Cherry Trail quad core processor @ 1.60 GHz/2.40 GHz (turbo) with Intel Gen8 HD graphics @ 600MHz with 16EU (2W SDP)
  • System Memory – 4 GB DDR3
  • Storage – 64, 128, or 320 GB SSD storage, SD card slot up to 128GB
  • Video Output – HDMI up to 4K resolution
  • Audio – 3.5mm headphone jack and HDMI
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, dual band 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0 (AP6234)
  • USB – 3x USB 3.0 host ports
  • Misc – Power button and LED, reset pinhole, RTC battery
  • Power Supply – 12V/2A
  • Dimensions – 119.5 x 119.5 x 22.5 mm (aluminum case; optional wall mount brackets)
  • Temperature Range – 5 to 35 C (which could be a problem in some countries…)

The system will run Windows 10 Home 64-bit, and the company claims to have optimized thermal design with high thermal conductivity heatsink, multiple thermal pads, and a “lower noise cooling fan”.

Beelink_BT7_Cooling_Fan

The mini PC will launch this month, but no details about price have been provided at this stage.

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Star Cloud PCG02U Ubuntu TV Stick Unboxing and Teardown

May 14th, 2016 11 comments

Star Cloud PCG02U is one of the rare device selling pre-loaded with Ubuntu 14.04, and MeLE, who owns Start Cloud brand, sent me one sample for review. While many Android & Windows devices can be “hacked” to run Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, Star Cloud PCG02U is the first device that I’ve ever received that’s actually shipped with Ubuntu 14.04. So it will be very interesting to find out how it performs, but today, I’ll check the device and its accessories, as well as the hardware design.

Star Cloud PCG02 Unboxing

The TV stick ships  in a Ubuntu orange retail packaging with Star Cloud branding, and mention of Ubuntu and Intel.
Star_Cloud_PCG02U_PackageI had already published the specifications in my first post, a confirmation on the package is always good.

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The TV stick ships with a 5V/2A power adapter and multi-country plug adapters, a female to female HDMI adapter, a Quick Start Guide in English, and a notice reading “Caution Hot” that warns you the thing may get hot. It’s not really reassuring, but the case is made of metal used to dissipate heat from the processor, so that’s probably why.

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The stick has two levels of thickness due to the Ethernet port on one of the ends.

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Other ports include an HDMI 1.4 male port, a Kensington lock, a full size USB port, a micro USB port for power only, the power button, and a micro SD slot. There’s also an external WiFi antenna.

Mele_PCG01_Star_Cloud_PCG02Finally, I’ve taken a picture with MeLE PCG01 TV stick to show PCG02 is both longer and thicker due to the Ethernet port.

Star Cloud PCG02U Teardown

You’ll need some sharp tool, preferably in plastic, to take out the metal cover on the bottom.
PCG02U_Teardown
They’ve installed a thermal pad to conduct heat to the enclosure.

PCG02U_thermal_pad
Removing it reveals Realtek RTL8723BS 802.11 b/g/n WiFi (2.4 GHz only) and Bluetooth 4.0 module, and the RTC battery seen through cuts out of a metal shield. I’m not sure Bluetooth is supported by the included driver, as MeLE did not list this feature in their specs.

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After removing the shield we can see FORESEE NCEMBSF9-32GB eMMC flash (32GB), and two Samsung K4B4G1646Q-HYK0 DDR3 ram chips (2 x 512 MB). The next step is to loosen the three screws to take out the mainboard from the case. Be careful not to damage the Wifi antenna wire, or the wires connected to the Ethernet daughter board during this step.

Star_Cloud_PCG02U_CoolingThere’s also a metal shield on that part of the PCB, and more thermal pads and various metal plates for cooling the fanless stick. Three or four bit of the shield go through the board, and a folded to open it in place. So first I had to straightnen out those, and I could remove the shield.

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One that side, we’ve got Intel Atom Z3735F Bay Trail processor,  two more Samsung RAM chip that brings the total to 2GB, and AXP288D PMIC. I’ve finally removed one more bock with a metal sheet, a metal plate, and a thermal pad to uncover the Ethernet “daughter board”.

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Ethernet is implemented with AXIS AX8872CLF USB 2.0 to Fast Ethernet controller, M-TEK H16107SEG 10/100M Ethernet transformer, as well as what should an EEPROM to store the MAC address. One more thermal pad and metal sheet have been installed to make sure the device cools properly. At least, they’ve made some serious efforts working on the thermal design, but we’ll have to see how well it works.

I’d like to Thanks MeLE for sending Star Cloud PCG02U Bay Trail Ubuntu TV stick for review, and if you are interested you can purchase it on Aliexpress for $69.74 including shipping. Please note that MeLE PCG02U will not ship to North America (US, Canada, Mexico), as distribution will be handled by a yet-to-be disclosed third party.

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Moly PcPhone Runs Windows 10 Continuum on Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 Processor, Costs Less than $400

May 9th, 2016 2 comments

Mobile and PC convergence is slowly happening both on Ubuntu with devices like BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet, and various Windows 10 Continuum smartphones. The most affordable offering is likely to come from mainland China vendors, such as Moly PcPhone 6″ smartphone based on Qualcomm 617 octa-core Cortex A53 processor with 3GB RAM, and running Windows 10 Continuum.

Moly_PcPhoneMoly PcPhone specifications:

  • SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 Octa core Coretex A53 processor @ 1.5 GHz with Adreno 405 GPU
  • System Memory – 3 GB RAM
  • Storage – 32 GB flash + micreo SD slot up to 200 GB
  • Display – 6″ Full HD (1920×1080) LTPS display; Gorilla Glass 3
  • Cellular Connectivity
    • Dual SIM Dual Standby, Adaptive SIM Slot
    • 2G GSM: Band 2/3/5/8
    • 3G WCDMA: Band 1/6/8/9/19
    • 4G FDD-LTE: Band 1/2/3/4/7/8/9/19/26/28B
    • 4G TDD-LTE: Band 38/40/41
  • Wireless Connectivity – Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, and NFC
  • Camera – 13MP auto-focus rear camera with flash LED, 5MP front-facing camera
  • USB – 1x micro USB 2.0 OTG port
  • Sensors – G-sensor, PS sensor, Ambient Light sensor,E-Compass
  • Misc – Volume and power keys; FM radio
  • Battery – 3,900 mAh (non replaceable)  good for 400 hours on standby, 16 hours of 3G talk time
  • Dimensions – 160 x 82.3 x 79 mm
  • Weight – 176 grams

Windows_10_Continuum_ARM_China

The phone runs Windows 10 Mobile with Continuum,  Office apps, Outlook, Skype, Adobe Reader, OneDrive, OneNote, and Microsoft Edge. The phone does not features a USB type C port, nor MHL  support, so that means the only way to use it as a computer is to get a WiDi dongle such as ScreenBeam mini 2 to connect the smartphone to your TV or monitor over WiFi. Charbax filmed a demo of the system connected over a WiDi dongle, and everything worked pretty well, except possibly the PowerPoint presentation animations were not especially smooth.

Bear in mind that only a subset of apps will work with Continuum, and if you intend to print the printer must be compatible with Windows 10 Mobile.

The goods news is that Moly PcPhone should cost less than $400 retail, adding a $60 WiDi will bring the total to $450 to have a device acting as both your phone and computer. More details cmay be available on Moly PcPhone website.

Via ARMDevices.net

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NEXBOX 809VI Octa core Android TV Stick is Powered by Rockchip RK3368 Processor

May 5th, 2016 4 comments

While there are many Rockchip RK3368 TV boxes, I had not seen an RK3368 TV stick until today, with NEXBOX 809VI that combines the octa-core processor with 2GB RAM, and 8GB flash.

RK3368_TV_Stick NEXBOX 809VI specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3368 Octa-core Cortex A53 processor @ 1.2GHz with PowerVR G6110 GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB flash
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0 up to 4K*2K 60Hz
  • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n WiFi @ 2.4GHz, Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB port for power
  • Power Supply – DC 5V/2A via micro USB port
  • Dimensions – TBD

The stick will run Android 5.1 just like all other RK3368 devices.

The company claims the 809VI is available now, but they have a (short) history of promoting devices quite early in the development cycle, so it could be that only have a few engineering samples, and retail availability is still a few months away. There’s no product page, but the device should show up on iNexbox products page sometimes in the near future.

Via AndroidPC.es

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