Posts Tagged ‘mini pc’

Remix IO Aims to be Your $99 Android 7.0 TV Box, Mini PC, and Game Console (Crowdfunding)

October 21st, 2016 7 comments

You can use any Android TV box to watch movies on your TV, play some games as you would on a game console, and perform tasks such as checking email, browsing the web or editing documents like you’d do on your computer. However, this is not always as straightforward and/or user-friendly as it could be, so Jide Technology worked on Remix OS, a fork of Android, to make the experience more PC-like when needed. Recently they’ve also worked on improving gaming and a TV interface, and the company has now launched a new Kickstarter campaign for Remix IO Android mini PC based on Android 7.0 and including software improvements to create an all-in-one device acting as a TV box, mini PC, or game console.


Remix IO specifications:

    • SoC – Rockchip RK3368 Octa-Core ARM Cortex-A53 processor @ 1.5GHz with Imagination PowerVR SGX6110 GPU
    • System Memory – 2GB DDR3L
    • Storage – 16GB eMMC flash + microSD card slot up to 128GB
    • Video Output – HDMI 2.0 port up to 4K @ 60 Hz, VGA port
    • Audio Output – HDMI, 3.5mm audio jack,
    • Connectivity – Ethernet port, dual band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0
    • USB – 4x USB Type-A 2.0 host ports
    • Misc – Power button, and 2x LEDs, cooling fan and heatsink
    • Power Supply – 9V/2A power supply

It will ship with an IR + BT 4.0 remote control.

Remix IO will run the latest version of Remix OS upgrade to Android 7.0 Nougat with a large collection of apps accessible from Google Play Store, TV and PC modes, muti-user support, and a gaming toolkit. Apps will have different behavior and look in TV and PC modes, for example, YouTube for Android TV app will be launched in TV mode, and the standard YouTube app in PC mode. The gaming toolkit allows users to to map touch controls to keyboard, mouse, and game controller inputs.

The company will also provide 2 sets of SDKs to backers with a vanilla AOSP SDK to port stock Android into Remix IO, and a Remix OS SDK to customize features and look, and also modify the kernel, for example to add support for extra hardware peripherals.

Jide has already raised over $250,000 for Remix IO, but the $99 early board pledge for the box is still available. After 4000 units, the price goes up to $109, and you can also pledge for rewards with multiple units to get a discount. Shipping adds $10, and delivery is planned for March 2017,  except for the developer pledge, where backers should get Remix IO board in January 2017, before getting another Remix IO in March.

Ockel Sirius A is a Faster (and Pricier) GOLE1 like Mini PC based on Intel Atom x7-Z8750 Processor (Crowdfunding)

October 17th, 2016 3 comments

GOLE1 is a Windows 10 + Android mini PC powered by Intel Atom x5-Z8300 processor that also happens to come with a 5″ 720p display and a battery with the 4GB RAM/64GB storage version selling for $155 shipped. A company called Ockel Computers, who had a surprisingly successful crowdfunding campaign last year for their Sirius B Cherry Trail mini PC having raised close to $500,000, has designed a new mini PC similar to GOLE1, but with better specs including a slightly faster Intel Atom x7-Z8750 processor, a higher resolution 6″ display, and HDMI & DisplayPort video output ports among other improvements.

ockel-sirius-aOckel Sirius A specifications with bold highlights showing improvements over GOLE1 mini PC:

  • SoC – Intel Atom x7-Z8750 “Cherry Trail” quad core processor @ 1.60 GHz / 2.56 GHz with Intel Gen8 HD graphics (2W SDP)
  • System Memory –  4 GB LPDDR3L-1600
  • Storage – 64 GB eMMC flash + micro SDXC slot
  • Display – 6″ capacitive touchscreen display with 1920×1080 resolution
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4 port + DisplayPort output
  • Audio I/O – HDMI, 3.5mm headphone jack, built-in speakers and microphone
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, Dual band 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.2 (Intel Dual Band WIreless AC 3165 module)
  • USB – 2x USB 3.0 ports, 1x USB-C port
  • Camera – 1x front-facing camera
  • Sensors – Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer
  • Misc – Power and volume buttons
  • Battery – 3,000 mAh battery good about about 4 hours of video playback
  • Power Supply – 12V/3A (36W)
  • Dimensions – 150 x 85 x 6 to 20 mm

The device ships with Windows 10 Home 64-bit, and the company claims to have work with Microsoft to “develop a unique Switch Mode” converting the 6″ display as a keyboard and mouse for the larger external display. It’s still possible to connect a USB mouse and keyboard to use both displays.

sirius-a-portsThe company went back to Indiegogo for Sirius A mini PC, and they’ve already easily surpassed their $100,00 funding target so far thanks to close to 500 backers having committed a total of around $250,000. Ockel Sirius A is faster, with more features, and IMHO we could easily argue it’s also prettier than GOLE1, so we should expect to pay a bit more. It turns out you’d have to pay $549 to get the device with an HDMI cable and power adapter, or almost 4 times more than GOLE1 4GB/64GB. Alternatively, you could pledge $559 for the same device with a 128GB micro SD card and Avanca Powerbar Pro 9000 power bank. If you think it’s worth it, you’ll also have to add $30 to $50 for shipping, and be a patient person, as delivery is scheduled for May 2017.

Via Liliputing

Ubuntu 16.10 Images Released for Intel Bay Trail and Cherry Trail Processors

October 14th, 2016 16 comments

Canonical formally released Ubuntu 16.10 “Yakkety Yak” yesterday with  a developer preview of Unity 8 including desktop, tablet and phone UX convergence, Hybrid cloud operations with Juju 2.0, Snapd 2.16 with more than 500 snaps, etc..  Ian Morrison (Linuxium) wasted no time, and put together a Ubuntu 16.10 image working on platforms powered by Intel Bay Trail and Cherry Trail processor with modifications to have audio, WiFi and Bluetooth working.


If you want to try Ubuntu 16.04 on your device you can download ubuntu-16.10-desktop-linuxium.iso and prepare a bootable USB flash the usual way with rufus, or other utilities. If you’d like to try an alternative  Ubuntu flavor such as Lubuntu, Xubuntu, Kubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, or Ubuntu MATE, Linuxium got you served too, and you’ll find the images on his blog.

Unity 7 is still running by default in Ubuntu 16.04, but if you are curious about Unity 8 convergence desktop/tablet/phone user interface, Canonical uploaded a video showing what you can expect.

You’ll also find more info about Unity 8’s window management, scopes, multimedia scopes, snappy apps and more on Ubuntu Insights.

Vensmile K8 Keyboard PC includes a Touch Panel & Flexible Keyboard

October 13th, 2016 8 comments

I’ve seen some strange and/or innovative mini PCs over the years, and Vensmile K8 certainly gets into the top products of that category. That’s basically a mini PC powered by an Intel Atom Cherry Trail processor, but with the top cover acting as a touch panel, and the device is also connected to flexible QWERTY keyboard.

vensmile-k8Vensmile K8 flexible keyboard PC specifications:

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Folded K8 Keyboard PC

  • 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 –  4 GB DDR3L (option for 2GB)
  • Storage – 64 GB eMMC flash (option for 32GB) + micro SD slot up to 32GB
  • Touch Panel – 10 point capacitive touch panel
  • Keyboard – 87-key flexible QWERTY keyboard
  • Video Output – HDMI and VGA ports
  • Audio I/O – HDMI, 3.5mm headphone jack, built-in microphone
  • Connectivity – Dual band 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0 with external antenna
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 host port, 1x USB 3.0 port
  • Misc – Power button; reset pinhole; power, standby and keyboard (numlock?) LEDs
  • Power Supply – 5V/3A
  • Dimensions – 385 x 120 x 15 mm

The obvious advantage is that it’s highly portable compared to other solutions, as when it’s folded, it looks as big as a wallet, but I’m still not convinced this form factor will become popular. The device ships pre-loaded with Windows 10 Home 64-bit, and the power supply, a HDMI cable, and a user’s manual in English are included in the package.


Current price will probably put many people off, as Vensmile K8 is sold for $284 including shipping for the version with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage [Update: It’s also listed for pre-order on GeekBuying for $199.99 with shipping scheduled in 12 days]. You’ll find a few more pictures on Alibaba. If you want a foldable keyboard PC with similar specs, PiPo KB2 / Vensmile K1 should be more affordable at around $100, except I have not seen either for sale yet, despite an expected May 2016 release…


GOLE2 Mini PC Comes in Intel and ARM Flavors, Features a SATA Bay and Built-in Camera (Crowdfunding)

October 9th, 2016 10 comments

GOLE1 was an different and interesting product combining tablet and mini PC features into one, but I found the 5″ screen to be rather useless, and the battery did not work exactly well since it would only charge when powered off.  The new GOLE2 mini PC won’t have any of those issues since it does not come with neither a display or a battery, but instead comes into two flavors with a version running Windows 10 on Intel Atom x5-Z8350 Cherry Trail processor, and another running Android based Phoenix OS on Allwinner A64 quad core ARM Cortex A53 processor. The devices also include an HD camera and microphone for video conference, as well as 2.5″ SATA bay implemented through a USB to SATA bridge.

gole2Beside the processor and memory, both GOLE2 models share the most of the same hardware specifications:

  • SoC
    • Intel Atom x5-Z8350 “Cherry Trail” quad core processor @ 1.44 GHz / 1.92 GHz with Intel Gen8 HD graphics (2W SDP) or
    • Allwinner A64 quad core ARM Cortex A53 processor with Mali-400MP2 GPU
  • System Memory –  2GB RAM on ARM / 4 GB RAM on Intel
  • Storage – 32 GB internal storage, 2.5″ SATA slot for SSD/HDD, micro SD slot up to 128 GB
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4 port
  • Audio I/O – HDMI, 3.5mm headphone jack, built-in microphone, 8 ohm speaker
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0
  • Camera – 5MP camera with 90 degree wide angle
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x USB 3.0 port (Intel only)
  • Misc – Power , and volume buttons
  • Battery – 2600mAh battery good about about 2 hours of typical use
  • Power Supply – 5V/3.0A
  • Dimensions – 151.24 x 57.56 x 142.7 mm (aluminum body)

phoenix-os-mini-pcThe mini PC ships with the power supply, an HDMI cable, and a user’s manual in English, German, and Japanese. The Intel model is available in white and black versions, and ARM model in gold/orange only.

Just like GOLE1, the company has decide to launch GOLE2 on Indiegogo, where you can get GOLE2 Phoenix OS was as low as $69 (Early bird) and up to $99, while GOLE2 Windows 10 starts at $114 (Early bird) up to $144 without a license, so you’d need to add $25 to get a proper Windows 10 license. Shipping is not included and adds $35 for DHL or EMS shipping. Delivery is scheduled for December 2016. If history is any guide, you should be able to purchase GOLE2 for about the same price, if not lower due to cheaper shipping, once it gets sold on Chinese online shops in early 2017.


Axiomtek Introduces IP67 Rated Waterproof Embedded Computer for Outdoor Applications

October 4th, 2016 No comments

Axiomtek has just launched eBOX800-841-FL rugged IP67-rated fanless embedded system for “outdoor critical applications” such as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) gateways. The waterproof mini PC is  powered by a quad core Intel Atom E3845 Bay Trail-I processor, and supports temperatures between -30°C to 60°C.

ip67-embedded-computerAxiomtek eBOX800-841-FL embedded computer specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Atom E3845 quad core processor @ up to 1.91 GHz with Intel HD graphics (10W TDP)
  • System Memory – 204-pin SO-DIMM DDR3L-1066/1333 slot up to 8 GB RAM
  • Storage – 1 x mSATA,  1x 2.5″ SATA HDD, 1x CFAST slot
  • Video Output – VGA (M12 screw type)
  • Connectivity
    • 2x 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet (M12 type)
    • WiFI & LTE via mini PCIe slots
    • 1x SIM socket
    • 4x N-jack waterproof antenna connectors
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 ports (M12 type)
  • Serial ports – 2 x RS-232/422/485 ports (M12 type)
  • Expansion
    • 1x full-size PCI Express Mini Card slot (USB + PCI Express signal)
    • 1x half-size PCI Express Mini Card slot (USB + PCI Express signal)
  • Misc – Watchdog Timer, 1x green LED for system power-on
  • Power Supply – 9 to 36V DC power input
  • Dimensions – 210 x 366.8 x 83 mm
  • Weight – 4.15 kg
  • IP Rating – IP67
  • Temperature Range – -30°C ~ +60°C (with the right RAM/storage devices)
  • Relative Humidity – 10% ~ 95% non-condensing
  • Vibration – 3 Grams with SSD @ 5 ~ 500Hz
  • Certifications – CE, FCC

This all weather rugged mini PC supports Wall and VESA mounts, and by default ships with a waterproof power cable (1 m), a waterproof VGA cable (1.8 m), a waterproof USB 2.0 cable (1.8 m), a quick manual, and a driver CD.

waterproof-mini-pcOne of the ways the company made the computer waterproof was not to use “standard” ports like USB (type A), Ethernet (RJ45), etc.. , but instead M12 and N-jack connectors, with which the cables can be firmly tightened and waterproof joints used.

The company mentions Windows 7 and Windows 10 IoT are supported on the computer, but since it’s based on the same Atom E3845 SoC used in MinnowBoard Turbot SBC, other operating systems such as Debian, Ubuntu, or Android 4.4 should also run on the device, possibly with some extra work needed on the drivers side.

Axiomtek eBOX800-841-FL will be available in November 2016 at an undisclosed price, and a few more details can be found in the product page.

Mintbox Mini Pro Linux mini PC Gets AMD A10 Micro-6700T Processor, 8GB RAM, and 120 GB Storage for $395

September 29th, 2016 4 comments

Minitbox Mini is a low power mini PC based on Compulab Fitlet-i computer powered by AMD A4 Micro-6400T “Mullins” processor and running Linux Mint that was launched in 2015. There’s now an upgraded model – Mintbox Mini Pro – with a more powerful AMD A10 Micro-6700T, more RAM and storage with 8GB DDR3 and a 120 GB SSD, and faster and better networking thanks to 802.11ac WiFI, and dual Gigabit Ethernet.

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Mintbox Mini Pro specifications:

  • SoC – AMD A10 Micro-6700T 64 bit quad-core processor up to 1.2 GHz / 2.2 GHz (Boost frequency) with Radeon R6 Graphics (4.5W TDP)
  • System Memory – 8 GB DDR3L-1333 SDRAM (SODIMM module)
  • Storage –  120GB mSATA (SATA 3.0) SSD, and micro-SD slot (SDXC support, rate 25 MB/s)
  • Video Output – Dual HDMI 1.4a up to [email protected]; support two independent displays
  • Audio I/O
    • Output – HDMI, digital S/PDIF 7.1+2 channels output, 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
    • Input – Digital S/PDIF input, 3.5mm audio microphone jack
    • Codec – Realtek ALC886
  • Connectivity – 2x Gigabit Ethernet (Intel I211),  802.11ac Wi-Fi (2.4/5GHz dual band Intel 7260HMW) + Bluetooth 4.0
  • Cellular – Support for mobile data communication with on-board 6-pin micro-SIM socket
  • USB – 2x USB 3.0 + 4x USB 2.0 including one USB 2.0/eSATA combo port.
  • Expansion – miniPCIe (normally used for WLAN); mSATA socket (used by SSD)
  • Other I/Os – RS232 mini serial connector
  • Power Supply – Unregulated 10 to 15V DC; 12V/3A power supply included
  • Power Consumption – 4.5 to 10.5 Watts
  • Dimensions – 10.8 cm x 8.3 cm x 2.4 cm
  • Weight – 250g
  • Temperature Range – Commercial: 0°C to 70°C;  Extended: -20°C to 70°C; Industrial: -40°C to 70°C

The mini PC is pre-loaded with Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon 64-bit, but in case you’d change your mind, it also supports Windows 7/8/10, other 32-bit and 64-bit Linux distributions, and unnamed 32-bit and 64-bit Embedded OS.

The device ships with the power supply, an HDMI to DVI adapter, a 3.5mm audio jack to to RCA cable, two WiFi antennas, a mini-serial to DB9-male adapter cable, and the mSATA heatsink.

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The company also published a comparison table showing the differences between Mintbox Mini and Mintbox Mini Pro.

Mintbox Mini Mintbox Mini Pro
Chipset A4-Micro 6400T A10-Micro 6700T
Graphics Dual HDMI – Radeon R3 Dual HDMI – Radeon R6
Ethernet Gbe Dual Gbe
Wifi 802.11n dongle Dual-band 802.11ac mini-PCIe
Bluetooth None 4.0
Price $295 $395

You’ll find a more detailed comparison here.

Since AMD Mullins processor are not quite as common as Intel Cherry Trail/Braswell processors, it might be interesting to compare AMD-A10-Micro-6700T  to a better known processor, and I’ve done so by pitting it against Intel Celeron N3150 Braswell processor found in mini PCs such as MINIX NGC-1.

amd-a10-micro-6700tBased on GeekBench 3 results, multi-core performance is about the same, but single core performance of A10 Micro-6700T is about 34% faster. CPUBoss also reports that the AMD processor should consume less than the Intel one, as the former is rated 4.5 W TDP against the latter 6W TDP. How much a given mini PC will consume will depend on the overall system design.

Mintbox Mini Pro can be purchased for $395 plus shipping and VAT, and a 5-year warranty on Fit-PC website. You may also be able to find some more info on Mintbox Mini Pro product page.

ONENUTS T1 Combines Projector, Tablet, and mini PC into one Device

September 23rd, 2016 16 comments

ONENUTS T1 look reminds me of GOLE1 mini PC / tablet combo, and the device also features the same Intel Atom x5-Z8300 processor. However, the 8″ display is quite bigger, and more importantly it includes a mini DLP projector.

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ONENUTS T1 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 GB DDR3L
  • Storage – 32 GB eMMC flash + micro SD slot up to 64GB
  • Projector – 0.3″ TI DMD (DLP) + LED technology, 1280×720 resolution, 5.5″ to 81″ screen size, 300 lumens, 500:1 contrast ratio; lifetime: > 20,000 hours
  • Display – 8″ capacitive touchscreen IPS display with 1280×800 resolution (16:10 aspect ratio)
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4 port
  • Audio I/O – HDMI, 3.5mm headphone jack, built-in speaker
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 host port, 1x USB 3.0 port
  • Sensor – Gravity sensor, IR receiver
  • Misc – Power button, focus knob
  • Battery – 4850mAh battery good about about 2 hours with projector using default brightness, and the system playing a 1080p video
  • Power Supply – 19V/3A
  • Dimensions & Weight – TBD

The thing is running Windows 10 Home.


The device is available now to resellers and distributors at an undisclosed price. You can visit Shenzhen Tomato ONENUTS T1 product page for more information.