Pipo X7 Intel Atom Z3736 based Mini PC Sells for $90

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Pipo X7 is yet another mini PC powered by Intel Atom Z3735 / Z3736 quad core processor running Windows 8.1 with Bing, and since it’s now pretty clear all these device should run Ubuntu or other Linux desktop distributions with full GPU support, they’ll gather more interest from Linux users, especially given this mini PC with 2GB and 32GB storage can be pre-ordered for $89.98 on GearBest with PX7CN or PipoX7LM coupon, making it more interesting price-wise than MeegoPad T01, especially since it comes with an Ethernet port, and (probably) an Intel Atom Z3736 processor with a higher burst frequency (2.16 GHz vs 1.83 GHz)

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Since GearBest has done a pretty poor job at listing the specs for this item, I got the full technical details from GeekBuying, with some errors as well, but still better:

  • SoC – Intel Atom Bay Trail Z3736F up to 2.16 GHz with Intel HD graphics up to 646 MHz.
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 32GB eMMC (listed as NAND flash?) + micro SD slot (up to 16GB?)
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI up to 1080p
  • Audio I/O – HDMI, earphone jack, built-in stereo speakers and microphone
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi with external antenna, (and Bluetooth??)
  • USB – 4x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Misc – Power button
  • Power Supply – 12V/2A
  • Dimensions – 188 x 150 x 24 mm or 188 x 123 x 25 mm (Aluminium enclosure)
  • Weight – 403g

The packages only includes the box and a 12V/2A power supply, no cables are provided. It comes with Windows 8.1 with Bing but as usual the license issue is unclear. There’s no Android image, but I’m now very confident Ubuntu should run nicely on the box, possibly with some work required, as Linuxium showed it was possible for MeegoPad T01.

Via AndroidPC.es and Nanik

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hoangdinh86
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hoangdinh86

Look interesting device. My Ibox D9i is disappointed, I still have not received it after 2 months of order. Here Chinese review Pipo X7 http://articles.imp3.net/65421-1.html

darethehair
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darethehair

Waiting for confirmation of Linux functionality — specifically the ability to install *any* distro (not just a specific version of, say, Ubuntu) 🙂

dude0203
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dude0203

Now this is really interesting, I have a Tronsmart rk3288 sitting collecting dust because no GPU support, I paid a fair buck for it when it was released. Now regretting it since the Intel Atom runs Ubuntu with GPU acceleration.

Just wishing for the day rk3288 supports acceleration. 4k goodness and a box I can mold into anything..

Manny
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Manny

Nice. Things are getting interesting

dude0203
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dude0203

Any of these have Vesa mounts? Or do they just clutter the desktop?

qwiqooq
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qwiqooq

90$, that’s the price of these things I’m talking about.

FergusL
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FergusL

Seems Geekbuying has corrected the confusing informations, the page now only mentions Z3726F @ 2.16GHz.

bubu
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Sorry guys to pop into the conversation, but there are:
1) Intel Z37xx datasheet to check the supported videos (probably not too helpful) https://www-ssl.intel.com/content/www/us/en/processors/atom/atom-z36xxx-z37xxx-datasheet-vol-1.html
but if OpenElec/Kodi is not supported on Z37xx yet it is not supported on this one too. If it is – let’s see how.
2) a Chinese site with a rather detailed description of the product https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=zh-CN&tl=en&u=http://articles.imp3.net/65421-1.html
from whence you can see that the boot time is about 30seconds. I own an Onda 102w tablet which has about the same Z37xx processor and is advertised with 32GB eMMC. It boots up in about 20 seconds to the Metro desktop. I may have optimized it a little though. Given that it is over 200USD and this one is under 100USD the presence of eMMC is hardly feasible. The guys at PiPo (although are known to make magic) need to make some profit as well out of these <100$. (Quick estimate of CPU 20,RAM-10,ROM-15,MB-30,WiFi+BT-7+Case-5+PS-3 – make 90$ already) And although PiPo is not Xiaomi or Huawei, but still is considered in China as "Brand".
3) other than that – somebody needs to buy the thing and tell what it does and why, but even then there may be "deviations" in the product line so some buyers may be more happy than the others.

hoangdinh86
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hoangdinh86
hoangdinh86
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hoangdinh86

@hoangdinh86
eMMC Samsung klmbg4geac-b001 with R/W speed 240/60 MB/s

Eric
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bubu
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Thanks! First was amazed how empty it is inside, but then have found this little thing
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/32GB-Version-MEEGOPAD-T01-Mini-PC-TV-stick-Quad-Core-Intel-Atom-Z3735F-Windows-8-1/32245958338.html which has about the same specs less 2 USB and Ethernet.

Looks like there would be an expansion of Intel 3735/36 inside models in 2015…

hoangdinh86
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hoangdinh86

I just receive Pipo X7. amazing

fossxplorer
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fossxplorer

The price should come down to <$70 IMO. Doesn't even have gigabit ethernet nor USB 3.0. I'd never pay $100 for this metal box 🙂

hoangdinh86
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hoangdinh86

@fossxplorer
Your 100$ is too much @[email protected]

bubu
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I don’t understand why does it need holes on the sides and in the bottom given that the heat is conducted from the top of the aluminum body. I take it that the box was reused from some other project. That perhaps also explains why there is so much room inside. I would rather purchase a bug-proof 😉 device that could be left working 24h w/o worrying.

Any news about ability to run Linux on the thing? I could use it as a small server then. I Have more desktops/notebooks/tablets than I can use anyway…

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[…] you have other such low cost Windows 8.1 devices based on Intel Atom Bay-Trail SoCs such as Pipo X7, I’m sure others would be interested to read about your […]

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[…] I’ve now installed Kodi 14.1, downloaded directly from xbmc.org,  on this low cost and low power computer, to go through my video test files, and see how it performs compared to the many ARM based Android TV boxes I’ve tested in the past. I’ve played the videos over Ethernet from a SAMBA share on an Ubuntu 14.04 machine, unless otherwise noted. I full expect the results to be identical on other Intel Atom Z3735 / Z3736 based mini PCs such as MeegoPad T01 or Pipo X7. […]

qwiqooq
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qwiqooq

The Teclast X89 Air 3G, which shares some similarities with this Pipo X7 (Intel Atom Z3736 Chipset, 2GB RAM), got installed with Windows 10:

https://mikecanex.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/windows-10-on-teclast-x89-air-3g/

I’m wondering if anyone may want to try Windows 10 on his/her Pipo X7 too.

eric
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@qwiqooq you should follow our blog, because we already give answer for your question:
http://blog.geekbuying.com/index.php/2015/02/13/how-to-upgrade-pipo-x7-from-windows-8-1-to-windows-10/

and we also write the instructions.

good luck!

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[…] Pipo X7 Bay Trail-T mini PC was very popular at the beginning at it sold with an apparently valid Windows 8.1 license for $90, even including one-year subscription for Office 365, which normally sells for $99. Unfortunately, it turned out the Windows license was not so valid, as Pipo used the free Windows 8.1 with Bing for tablets, something that Microsoft did not allow, and mini PCs instead need to use another $25 to $30 license (Windows 8.1 with Bing NTE), which brought Pipo X7 price to around $120, closer to its main competitors. There’s now Pipo X7s, another version based on the same hardware, that can boot both Windows 8.1 (with proper license) and Android 4.4, and can be pre-ordered on GeekBuying for $129.99. […]

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[…] it first launched, Pipo X7 was a $90 mini PC running Windows 8.1 with Bing tablet version, but Microsoft did not approve since […]

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Knowbody
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Knowbody

Hi guys,
short question about pipo x7:
Is it possible to use audio in with pipo x7? I need it for using Software WXtoImg.

Thanks and kind regards from germany, andy

onebir
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onebir

$120 @ gearbest – are these still < $100 anywhere?

onebir
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onebir

@cnxsoft
When will these guys wake up and make android (/ better linux!) only versions…

onebir
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onebir

@cnxsoft
Similar on sale* for $100:
http://promotion.geekbuying.com/promotion/zidoo_x9

*Wonder if this might set new price point?

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