If you thought the upcoming ZBOX ZOTAC PI320 mini PC powered by Intel Bay-Trail-T Atom Z3735F quad core processor was nice and small (and powerful), but at $199, a little pricey, MINIX NEO Z64 may be what you are looking for. On On the outside, NEO Z64 looks very much like the company’s NEO X8 Android TV Box, but inside it’s powered by the same Z3735F processor with 2GB RAM, and 32GB eMMC, and it’s is expected to sell for just $129.
MINIX NEO Z64 specifications:
- SoC – Intel Atom Z3735F “Bay Trail” quad core processor @ 1.33 GHz (Burst freq up to 1.83 GHz) and Intel HD Graphics
- System Memory – 2GB DDR3L
- Storage – 32GB eMMC flash + micro SD slot
- Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11n + Bluetooth 4.0
- Video Output – HDMI
- Audio Output – Analog Stereo output, HDMI
- USB – 2x USB 2.0
- Misc – Power button, IR receiver
- Power Supply – 5V/3A
- Dimensions – 13.5 x 12.5 x 2.5 cm (based on MINIX NEO X8 dimensions)
The system will support either Android 4.4 (pre-installed), or Windows 8.1 (optional) operating systems, and will be sold with power supply, and a IR remote control. It will also support XBMC out of the box, but for x86 platform it’s sort of expected. Contrary to my initial belief when I posted about ZOTAC PI320, it may not be that simple to install Linux on the platform, as it’s unclear whether any Bay Trail-T platforms are currently fully supported.
The $129 price tag, if true, if about the same price as their NEO X8 powered by Amlogic S802 quad core processor, which should have much less CPU power, less storage (8 vs 32GB), but possibly better multimedia capabilities (TBC). For example, the latter comes with optical S/PDIF output which lacks in the Intel version.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
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