MINIX NEO Z64 mini PC powered by Intel Atom Z3735F was unveiled in September 2014, but as other Windows 8.1 Intel based mini PCs hit the market in late December, early January, some people suggested NEO Z64 may end up being vaporware… Fortunately, it appears those people might be wrong, as I’ve been informed of a cached page on DX.com selling the computer for $148.07 with Android 4.4.4 pre-installed.
- 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 DDR3
- Storage – 32GB eMMC flash + micro SD slot
- Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0
- Video Output – HDMI 1.4
- Audio Output – HDMI, 3.5mm stereo jack
- USB – 2x USB 2.0
- Misc – Power button, IR receiver
- Power Supply – 5V/3A
- Dimensions – 11.5 x 11.5 x 2 cm
- Weight – 273 grams
The package will include a MINIX remote control, a power adapter (1.4m cable), an HDMI cable (1.05m), a USB cable (1.00m), and a user’s manual in English, Chinese, German, Russian, and Japanese. The Android 4.4.4 firmware also comes with XBMC pre-installed, but I’d assume it’s just the one released on xbmc.org. MINIX NEO Z64 is the first Atom Z3735F that officially sell with Android, while all others come with Windows 8.1 with or without proper license. A MINIX NEO Z64 Windows 8.1 version will also be available and might include Word, Excel (TBC) and XBMC, but I don’t have price information yet.
So how soon can we expect the device? According to a Vietnamese website, the product should be officially launched on January 22, 2015, and once it’s up again you’ll be able to purchase the box on DX via this link, as well as many other websites, which should all offer more or less the same price due to strict MINIX pricing policies.
[Update: MINIX NEO Z64 is also listed on Aliexpress (not possible to order), and they mention a $30 Windows 8.1 license]
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.