PiPO X6S is a Windows 10 Cherry Trail mini PC with 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage, Dual Ethernet, and SATA Support

PiPO X6S is a Windows 10 mini PC powered by an Intel Atom x5-Z8300 quad core processor with up to 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC, and a 2.5″ internal SATA bay, that includes support for 802.11ac WiFi, and two Ethernet ports.

PiPO X6S specifications (preliminary since the specs on GeekBuying are a complete mess, and pictures are lacking):

  • SoC – Intel Atom x5-Z8300 “Cherry Trail” quad core processor @ 1.44 GHz/1.84 GHz with Intel Gen8 HD graphics
  • System Memory – 4 GB DDR3
  • Storage – 64 GB flash, 2.5″ SATA drive support, and micro SD slot up to 128GB
  • Video and Audio Output – HDMI and AV
  • Connectivity – 2x 10/100M Ethernet ports, 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0 via Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160 Plus Bluetooth card
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x USB 3.0 port
  • Misc – Reset and power button
  • Power Supply – 5V/3A
  • Dimensions – 153.4×153.4x38mm
  • Weight – 340 grams

The specifications also mention MT7620A WiFi module, and 10/100M Ethernet in other places, so I’ve asked the company to clarify, and provide more pictures if available (GeekBuying confirms there was no MT7620A, and Ethernet was limited to 10/100M). The mini PC looks quite thin on the picture, so I thought an hard drive could not fit inside. But the specs mention it’s 3.8cm high, or about the same as some Intel NUCs, so it should be feasible. Pictures showing the USB 3.0 port and dual RJ45 ports are also missing. [Update: You can find out more in the video below starting at 1m36s.


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I’m still confident the specs should be roughly accurate, as PiPO X6S product page has mostly the same specs (with less details). Yet you’d probably want to avoid this product for now, at least until specs are clarified, but GeekBuying is already taking pre-orders for $199.99 including shipping with delivery scheduled for Janury 15, 2016.

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21 Replies to “PiPO X6S is a Windows 10 Cherry Trail mini PC with 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage, Dual Ethernet, and SATA Support”

  1. @TLS
    The MT7620A has one dual role PCIe port (host/device), maybe this is connected to the single PCIe lane the Atom SoC provides? According to the manual it’s able to operate ‘as an intelligent NIC to offload the external third party SoC by performing wireless and Ethernet packet format conversion functions’.

    Would be a smart move to overcome the limited I/O capabilities of Intel’s SoC. I would wait for a test to be able to judge about potential/real bottlenecks (the USB-to-SATA bridge being one of them)

  2. 1. For along time, I have wanted an Atom-based mini PC with an AV port – but no such unit existed… So I doubt the fact that this Pipo unit is supposed to have such a port. I think it is only a 3.5mm audio port.

    2. It is disappointing, and also strange, that this new mini PC which would start being sold in mid January, is based on X5-Z8300, and not on its new stepping version – X5-Z8350, which is supposed to start being utilized in products right about now.

    3. 199$ seems a little bit too much. there are Braswell-based mini PCs at this price. I guess that this price is only the formal price, which is going to get a noticeable discount very soon.

    4. But generally. this new unit seems good!

  3. @godmd5
    Ouch, the position of the disk will heat up the whole enclosure. And I bet that from the SoC’s point of view this is not a SATA but an USB disk instead 😉

  4. @cnxsoft
    If SATA is provided through a PCIe controller then Ethernet and Wi-Fi are USB or they use a PCIe multiplexer for the single PCIe lane. But since you mentioned MT7620A this might provide network connectivity through PCIe. Anyway: Without looking into schematics (LOL) or a first look into Windows’ device manager it’s way too early to draw any conclusions.

  5. @tkaiser

    So it looks like they did not put a Mediatek MT7620A, it was strange, and Ethernet is only Fast Ethernet, But I don’t fully trust the info provided by the sales person at GeekBuying…

    See email exchange:

    oh,mistake

    wifi module is 3160

    MT7620A:This is a WiFi router module

    Haha,thank you for your reminder

    2016-01-05 18:01 GMT+08:00 Jean-Luc Aufranc :

    So “Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160” wifi module is a mistake?

    On 01/05/2016 12:54 PM, GeekBuying wrote:
    > Wifi Module is MT7620A
    > It is 100M,input & output.
    > Its bottom case can be opened, connecting SATA hard drives
    >
    >
    > 2016-01-04 21:03 GMT+08:00 Jean-Luc Aufranc :
    >
    > Same question for Ethernet. 10/100M or two RJ45 port @ Gigabit speeds?
    >
    > The device seems very thin. How would a SATA hard drive fit inside?
    >
    >
    > On 01/04/2016 07:58 PM, Jean-Luc Aufranc wrote:
    >> Hi,
    >> The specs don’t make any sense:
    >> Wifi Connectivity 802.11ac/b/g/n (Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160; Up To 433 Mbps)
    >> Wifi Module MT7620A
    >> Ethernet 10/100M
    >>
    >> Which WiFi module is it?

  6. @cnxsoft
    Thx for the follow-up. At least one thing is clear: Sales persons are… sales persons 😉 If it’s 3160 for Wi-Fi/BT then everything else is most probably USB (or multiplexed PCIe). I assume they send you a product for review, then we’ll know

  7. My X6S arrived Friday.

    – added a SSD but it overheats
    – liked the X6S because of the fan, 4GB RAM, Windows 10 (comes with the first build) and 64GB storage
    – the fan seems underpowered and doesn’t go on enough, a firmware or BIOS update may fix
    – installed from DVD a clean install of 1607 to SSD and currently to the internal NAND storage
    – missing drivers, contacted PiPo for drivers yesterday, decent support so far (previously)

  8. I bought one 2 months ago and it never booted into windows. I sent emails to the company and have had no replies.
    I found someone locally who could reinstall windows for me. But now I have no sound drivers. They told me to contact pipo for the drivers. I have sent emails to their company and their facebook and have had zero replies. Sucks. It seems to be a cool device that I wanted for a media player for my tv. Now its just a useless box in my drawer. Such a bad idea to buy this thing.

  9. Since my last reply, I got it working with the drivers. When I get home, I’ll reply back with a working link to the drivers.

    Also, where are you located? If you don’t want it anymore, I’ll buy it off you.

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