When it first launched, Pipo X7 was a $90 mini PC running Windows 8.1 with Bing tablet version, but Microsoft did not approve since that version is reserved for products with a 7″ screen or smaller, and now Pipo X7 sells for around $120 because it includes a $25 license for Windows 8.1 with Bing NTE (for mini PC). So in their cost saving efforts, Pipo decided to add a cheap 7″ 1024×600 touch screen display to their new Pipo X8 mini PC also powered by Intel Atom Z3736F or Z3735F
- SoC – Intel Atom Bay Trail Z3736F up to 2.16 GHz or Atom Z3735F up to 1.83Mhz with Intel HD graphics.
- System Memory – 2GB DDR3
- Storage – 32GB or 64GB eMMC flash + micro SD slot up to 32GB
- Display – 7″ 1024×600 touch screen with 5-points.
- Video & Audio Output – HDMI up to 1080p
- Audio I/O – HDMI, earphone jack
- Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi with external antenna, and Bluetooth 4.0
- USB – 4x USB 2.0 host ports
- Misc – Power button
- Power Supply – 12V/2A?
- Dimensions – N/A
- Weight – N/A
So overall specifications are pretty much the same as Pipo X7 except for the display. NotebookItalia spotted the device at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair and spotted the device.
While Pipo X7 costs $120, Pipo X8 is expected to sell for around $100 at launch in May, IMHO provided Microsoft is OK with using the tablet license in that thing… The company also plans to launch Pipo X8s, the dual boot version with Windows 8.1 and Android 4.4.
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.
17 Replies to “Pipo X8 is a Windows 8.1 Mini PC with a 7″ Touchscreen”
You know MS is ripping everyone off if its cheaper to add a screen rather than pay for Windows 🙂
Having said that, this looks like a neat solution for home stereo use, too. It comes with its own display so if you want, you dont need a tablet/phone to control streaming music (I am thinking of doing something similar with the Cube VI8 that I have laying around).
They should just sell it without that damn Windows … just put Ubuntu on it or something.
@Marius Cirsta FreeDOS 😀
This does remind me at the o2 joggler, should indeed be able to run linux and then use it as controller for logitec media server and others. If this is capable of running linux I would consider to buy one.
I see hardly any difference with a tablet any more; there are more usb ports and fixed ethernet.
BTW I also noticed a web site (forgot which one) offering slight discounts on X7
“now Pipo X7 sells for around $120 because it includes a $25 license for NTE (for mini PC).”
i was under the impression that 8.1 with BING was free so wheres the $25 license come in to it “, also is the win8.1 with bing really a full OS or the shady Windows 8.1 with Bing single language “Chinese version” as found on the likes of the http://www.geekbuying.com/item/Onda-V116w-3G-Tablet-PC-11-6-inch-Dual-OS-Win8-1-Android4-4-Quad-Core-IPS-2GB-64GB-Tablet-Black-341593.html that you cant change without buying again another licence ,in this case an 8.1 pro upgrade licence
For the $25 license fee for mini PCs see -> http://www.cnx-software.com/2015/01/16/understanding-windows-8-1-licenses-with-meegopad-t01-and-other-intel-atom-bay-trail-mini-pcs/
I tested MeLe PCG03 with Windows 8.1 with Bing NTE, and I had access to around 16 languages. I understand it’s a full OS, but manufacturers have to leave bing as the default search engine.
Pipo X7 for $103 on GeekBuying with coupon IHKSGTCA @ http://www.geekbuying.com/item/PIPO-X7-Windows-8-1-Smart-Mini-PC-TV-Box-Media-Player-2G-RAM-32G-ROM-Intel-3736F-2-16GHz-Quad-Core—Black-340056.html
Pipo X8 on GeekBuying -> http://www.geekbuying.com/item/PIPO-X8-Windows8-1-Android4-4-Dual-Boot-Intel-Z3736F-Quad-Core-Mini-PC-7-Tablet-HDMI-2G-32G-802-11b-g-n-LAN-BT4-0—Black-344437.html
But $149.99, and not cheaper than X7, as I understood from the video.
it’s must costs like Pipo X7, but geekbuying want to earn more money on new device ;)…
Maybe a nice option to dual boot your favorite version of Linux and Android… I was interested in it for Windows so I can work on Android smartphones and devices… Even though Linux and Android both use a Linux kernel, have you ever tried to work on Android using Linux? I don’t know anyone that can, amazing…
Looks like Eny Technology may be making this. They sent me materials with the same unbranded hardware.
For a while:
Android 4.4 and Windows 10 firmware images for PiPo X8
Pipo X9, same same, but with a 1920×1200 touchscreen @ http://www.gearbest.com/tv-box-mini-pc/pp_235081.html
Thanks for the pointer to the X9. Since one seller offers shipping for the X8 from a local warehouse, the total price difference after shipping and import tax between the X8 from the local warehouse and the X9 from China would almost amount to 40 EUR. Now I wonder, if it’s worth the extra cost, since current X8 listings all mention a 1280×800 pixels screen for the X8, which would appear to be good enough, while your article says, the X8’s screen has only 1024×600 pixels resolution. Do you know, if that has actually silently been upgraded or do you think the seller’s listings with the higher resolution are wrong?
I would like to know how to boot from a USB drive in this computer. I’ve enter BIOS but I can’t boot from an USB or make boot menu appear.