Posts Tagged ‘mini pc’

Intel Apollo Lake Compute Sticks Coming in Q2 2017

November 27th, 2016 2 comments

Apollo Lake processors have been announced in mini PCs, laptops, development boards, systems-on-module, as well as in Intel’s own NUCs. A new leaked roadmap has now revealed that Intel plans to two Apollo Lake “Michigan City” compute sticks sometimes around Q2 2017.

apollo-lake-compute-stickThere will be two yet-to-be-named models:

  • Windows OS – 2GB RAM, 32GB eMMC flash
  • No OS – 4GB RAM, 64 GB eMMC flash

Both devices will come with 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2, a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and an HDMI port with CEC support, as well as a 1- year warranty.


That’s all we know from the leaked roadmap. Price should probably be only slightly higher than to the one of Atom Cherry Trail HDMI TV sticks, considering UP2 Board is selling for 89 Euros (Celeron N3350 dual core version) and 169 Euros (Pentium N4200 quad core version) , and performance of the Apollo Lake Celeron or Pentium processor used in the new sticks should be noticeably better than the Atom “Bay Trail” / “Cherry Trail” processor found in earlier sticks.

Via Liliputing

Voyo VMac (V1) Apollo Lake Mini PC is up for Pre-order for $195 and Up

November 14th, 2016 24 comments

Voyo VMac (aka Voyo V1) is the first Apollo Lake mini PC from mainland China manufacturers, and will come with either Celeron N3450 or Pentium N4200 quad core processor combined with 4GB RAM and 32GB eMMC flash, as well as an 128GB SSD.

voyo-v1Voyo VMac/V1 specifications:

  • SoC
    • Celeron N3450 quad core processor @ 1.1 GHz / 2.2 GHz (Burst frequency) and 12 EU Intel HD graphics 500 @ 200 MHz / 700 MHz (Burst freq.); 6W TDP
    • Pentium N4200 quad core processor @ 1.1 GHz / 2.5 GHz (Burst frequency) and 18 EU Intel HD graphics 505 @ 200 MHz / 750 MHz (Burst freq.); 6W TDP
  • System Memory – 4GB DDR3L (upgradeable to 8GB)
  • Storage – 32GB eMMC flash + 128GB M.2 SSD + micro SD slot
  • Video Output – Mini HDMI 1.4 port limited to 4K @ 30 Hz
  • Audio – HDMI + 3.5mm audio jack
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, dual band WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB – 3x USB 3.0 ports
  • Power Supply – TBD
  • Dimensions – 12.00 x 12.00 x 2.80 cm
  • Weight – 400 grams

The mini PC will run Windows 10.1, and ships with an HDMI Cable, a power adapter, a remote control, and a user’s manual in English. It also includes a fan and heatsink for cooling. The 4GB SO-DIMM RAM can be upgraded to 8GB, the SSD up to 512 GB.

voyo-v1-usb-hdmiGearBest takes pre-orders for Voyo V1 as low as $194.95 using GBV1N3  coupon for the Celeron N3450 version, and $222.99 using GBV1N4 coupon for the Pentium N4200 version. If pink is not your favorite color, the computer is also available in blue and gold colors.


November 11 Singles’ Day Promotions in Chinese Online Stores

November 10th, 2016 5 comments

November 11 is Single’s day in China, and just like Valentine’s day, it is used for commercial purpose to make people buy stuffs. It’s also Black Friday before Black Friday, as Chinese online stores will also offer discounts to their customers, and this remains true for stores catering to oversea customers, so you may find a few interesting deals from 11.11 day festivities around the web. I’ve gathered a few of the offers from the most popular Chinese sites catering to overseas markets.


GeekBuying has an “11.11 Carnival” that actually started on November 1st, and ending on November 12th. They have promotions changing every day, as well as some coupons such as DB1111 $15 coupon if you spent over $215.

Aliexpress calls it “11.11 Global Shopping Festival” instead. You can buy coupons for half price, and check out for products with the red SALE icon on the left of the price as shown in the screenshot below. Just don’t believe the 50% discount, and you’re likely to have just a few dollars off.


So if it’s not November 11th yet on such device, you’ll see an inflated price, but if you wait until Singles’ Day you’ll get the price shown in red.

Next up is GearBest’s “11.11 Sales Storm” which will last until November 14th, and offers flash sales for various items. Again don’t expect for miracles, unless maybe you are lucky. For example, Beelink GT1 is $55, about $1 or $2 cheaper than usual.


I could not find any specific 11.11 promotion on DealExtreme, but Banggood Singles Day event has some snap up sales, e.g. T95Z Plus for $11.11, which will be close to impossible to get since those are obviously stock limited, as well as some coupons for various caterogies, and for instance you can get an 8% discount using ele1111 for electronics category.

Giveaway Week – Star Cloud PCG02U Ubuntu TV Stick

November 3rd, 2016 268 comments

The fourth device for this giveaway week will be MeLE Star Cloud PCG02U TV stick powered by Intel Atom Z3735F quad core processor, but instead of running Windows 10, the device is sold with Ubuntu 14.04, which I upgraded to Ubuntu 16.04.

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I found out that the device was running pretty well (minus Bluetooth support) in my PCG02U review, and for the price at the time ($70) it was really a good deal. The device has even become the best selling devices on MeLE Aliexpress store, outselling all other Windows devices. However, MeLE ethics are questionable since they used Ian Morrison (Linuxium)’s image in their devices without giving any credits.

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The package will come with all accessories above, minus the “Caution Hot” sticker which must have gone to sticker heaven….

Simply leave a comment below to enter the draw. Other rules are as follows:

  • Only one entry per contest. I will filter out entries with the same IP and/or email address.
  • Contests are open for 48 hours starting at 10am (Bangkok time) every day. Comments will be closed after 48 hours.
  • Winners will be selected with, and announced in the comments section of each giveaway.
  • I’ll contact the winner by email, and I’ll expect an answer within 24 hours, or I’ll pick another winner.
  • Shipping
    • $12 for registered airmail small packet for oversea shipping payable via Paypal within 48 hours once the contest (for a given product) is complete.
    • If Paypal is not available in your country, you can still play, and I’ll cover the cost of sending the parcel by Sea and Land (SAL) if you win.
  • I’ll post all 7 prizes at the same time, around the 10th of November
  • I’ll make sure we have 7 different winners, so if you have already won a device during this giveaway week, I’ll draw another person.

Good luck!

GIGABYTE GB-BPCE-3350 Apollo Lake Mini PC to be Powered by Intel Celeron N3350 Processor

October 31st, 2016 8 comments

GIGABYTE GB-BPCE-3350 will be one of the first Intel Apollo Lake mini PCs powered by the entry-level Celeron N3350 dual core processor, with two SO-DIMM slots for up to 8GB RAM, SATA support, HDMI 2.0 and VGA ports, etc… and very much designed like an Intel NUC.


GIGABYTE GB-BPCE-3350 specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Celeron N3350 dual core processor @ 1.1 GHz / 2.4 GHz with 12 EU Intel HD graphics 500 @ 200 MHz / 650 MHz (6W TDP)
  • System Memory – 2x SO-DIMM DDR3L 1333/ 1600/ 1866 MHz slot up to 8GB
  • Storage –  1x 2.5″ SATA 3.0 bay for drives with 7.0/9.5mm thickness, 1x micro SD slot
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 up to 4K @ 60 Hz, and VGA up to 1920×1200 @ 60 Hz; Dual independent display support
  • Audio – HDMI out, 3.5mm audio in/mic in combo jack; Realtek ALC255 audio codec
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek RTL8111HS), Wi-Fi 802.11ac & Bluetooth 4.0 (Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168)
  • USB – 4x USB 3.0 ports
  • Expansion – 1x PCIe M.2 NGFF 2230 A-E key slot populated with the Intel Wireless card
  • Misc – Kensington lock slot, VESA mountable
  • Power Supply – 19V/2.1A
  • Dimensions – mini PC: 114 x 107 x 56 mm; Motherboard: 105 x 100 mm
  • Temperature Range – Operating: 0°C to +35°C; Storage: -20°C to +60°C

The mini PC includes VESA bracket for 75 x 75 and 100 x 100 mm mounting. The device will likely be sold barebone, i.e. without memory and storage, but the company only mentions Windows 10 64-bit support, and they’ve already released the drivers. I’m not sure about Apollo Lake Linux support so far, but I’d assume it will (eventually) be similar to what we have with Braswell processors.



It’s the first low power Intel mini PC that I’ve ever seen with HDMI 2.0 support, meaning Apollo Lake mini PCs should be the first low power (and hopefully low cost) mini PCs to support 4K up to 60 Hz/fps.

Price and availability information has not been released by the company yet. You may find a few more details on the product page.

Via FanlessTech

Voyo V2 Bay Trail mini PC with Battery Sells for $70 (Promo)

October 31st, 2016 12 comments

Voyo V2 is an ultra thin mini PC powered by Intel Atom Z3735F Bay Trail processor with the usual 2GB RAM and 32GB storage configuration, and depending on model an extra 64GB SSD, as well as a battery acting as a UPS. GearBest now has promotion with the mini PC without SSD, but with the 5,000 mAh battery, for $69.99 including shipping with CPVY2 coupon.

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Voyo V2 specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Atom Z3735F “Bay Trail” quad core processor @ 1.33 GHz (Bust freq: 1.83 GHz) with Intel HD graphics
  • System Memory – 2 GB DDR3
  • Storage – 32 GB eMMC flash +  SATA II connector for 1.8″ SATA drives (via USB to SATA bridge)
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4b port
  • Audio Output – HDMI, and 3.5mm audio jack
  • Connectivity – Fast Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0 (Ampak AP6212 module)
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 host, 1x micro USB
  • Misc – Power Button, power LED
  • Battery – 5,000 mAh battery
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A via power barrel
  • Dimensions – 13.1 x 8.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Weight – 300 grams

The system comes pre-loaded with Windows 10 Home.

I did review of Voyo V2 shortly last year, and found that the system did not have the fastest storage or WiFi performance, it still worked OK for most tasks. However, in my system at least, the computer would shutdown when the battery level dropped below 90%. I have not heard with issue from other people, but many had the battery not working at all, because a wire was not properly soldered, so they opened their Voyo V2 mini PC, and soldered it manually. It’s quite likely this manufacturing problem was solved in future production runs.

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

October 21st, 2016 8 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