PiPo has been one of the first company to take advantage of Microsoft policy of providing a free license for Windows 10 for devices with smaller touchscreen displays with mini PCs such as PiPo X8 that includes a 7″ display, saving $25 to $35 on the Windows 10 license for such products without displays. Shenzhen Qianhai Gole Technology (Gole) has also been selling similar devices on their Aliexpress store, and the company is now taking to Indiegogo to launch their latest model, dubbed GOLE1, featuring a 5″ touchscreen display, and fitting in your pocket.
- SoC – Intel Atom x5-Z8300 “Cherry Trail” quad core processor @ 1.44 GHz / 1.84 GHz with Intel Gen8 HD graphics (2W SDP)
- System Memory – 2 or 4 GB DDR3L
- Storage – 32 or 64 GB NAND flash + micro SD slot up to 64GB
- Display – 5″ capacitive touchscreen display with 1280×720 resolution; 5 point touch
- Video Output – HDMI 1.4 port
- Audio I/O – HDMI, 3.5mm headphone jack
- Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0 with external antenna
- USB – 3x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x USB 3.0 port, 1x micro USB port
- Misc – Power , volume and back buttons
- Battery – 2600mAh battery good about about 2 hours of typical use
- Power Supply – 5V/2.4A
- Dimensions – 135.4 x 90.4 x 20 (aluminum case)
- Weight – 200 grams (maybe)
The mini PC runs a dual OS firmware with Windows 10 Home and Android 5.1 with Google Play store. That means the space will really be tight for Windows 10 if you go with the 32GB version, as in my experience even Windows 10 only mini PC with 32GB storage get filled pretty quickly. It all depend on your use case, but the 64GB version is probably more suitable for most people.
The early bird rewards include the 2GB RAM and 32GB flash version for $79, and the 4GB RAM and 64 GB storage version for $99. One reward also include a 2.5″ HDD case magnetically connected to the mini PC, and that supports up to 2 TB HDD. Shipping (by DHL) is not included and adds $26, which brings the early bird prices to $105 and $125. Delivery is scheduled for July 2016. If you’re not comfortable with getting involved in the crowdfunding campaign, but are interested in the product, it will certainly be sold via the company’s Aliexpress store in due time.
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.
22 Replies to “GOLE1 is a $79 Intel Atom x5 Windows 10 / Android 5.1 mini PC with a 5″ Touchscreen Display (Crowdfunding)”
Wow – 4/64gb one at a reasonable price! Atom x5-Z8300 is one of the chips Intel is phasing out?
Intel only canceled future plans, they’ll carry on selling existing chips.
The price is OK, but others also have similar offerings -> http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Original-Cenovo-Mini-2-TV-BOX-Intel-X5-Z8300-Quad-Core-Windows-10-4GB-RAM-64GB/32656133799.html
The main draw is that if you want to use the 5″ display. The other models at the same probably have an unlicensed version of Windows too.
Once I read on Anadtech that the free version of Windows was only for models limited to 2GB RAM, up to 9″ display, and that 4GB RAM would not qualify for the free Windows 10 license. It would be good if Microsoft terms were available somewhere, and maybe they are, but I just don’t know where…
I guess ARM won this one didn’t they? CPUs going for $5 at cheapest and you can get usable TV boxes and development boards down to $30. NUCs never really made that huge of a success, what a shame. I’d really like small low power x86 boxes who could use their integrated graphics and run proper mainline GNU/Linux, but like always ARM SoCs are made for Android devices not others.
I have a tablet which arrived with a illegal activation software running in the background, and they advertised it as genuine on their site and the seller’s page. Absolutely no trust in Chinese manufacturers from this point on.
There is no mention on how to switch to android and how android works.
How to know if Win 1o is legal?
That device looks exactly like PiPo X3 -> http://notebookitalia.it/pipo-x3-pipo-x10-mini-pc-foto-video-23420
Up to the extra hard drive case…
But cheaper: http://www.banggood.com/PIPO-X3-32G-Intel-Quad-core-Z8300-1_84GHz-5-Inch-Windows-10-Tablet-TV-Box-p-1051037.html
I would execute this command “slmgr.vbs /dli” though windows + R button or cmd itself. If you see any weird KMS server listed and weird activation timeframes you should beware. Don’t know if it’s patched how that would be though. Mine is our companys local windows enterprise activation, but a more local one would indicate a not-genuine copy.
Banggood is a known supplier which many trust, I believe all these indie founding sites take more for shipping because they use DHL instead of subsidized state post. DHL here in my country are total jerks for some reason so I would avoid them at all costs personally. They delay sending you invoices so they can collect extra fees for late payment on purpose and we have no way to pay it before they send it.
The price I get on banggood is $127.99 for the 2GB/32GB version, so still $20 extra compared to early bird on Indiegogo.
They talk about a shortcurt/app to switch between the two operating systems.
the chinese who copy the chinese!!!
Yes, but this one charges $26 for shipping (Europe), while BangGood ships for free.
Edit: The one on BangGood has a 1200mAh/3.7V battery, while this one has a 2600mAh battery
Pipo removed the X3 from their site:
However, you can find it in Google cache:
Maybe that’s why these guys are picking it up again?
Probably a partnership between PiPo and Gole here.
$105 is the price including shipping. So if you go early bird it’s still advantageous on Indiegogo.
I’m not sure we can trust the battery capacity.
Doesnt the Z8300 only support 2GB of RAM?
No, up to 4 GB. Other SBCs with this CPU Z8300 or Z8350 have also a version with 4 GB.
This sale you linked to says 4gb in the title but 2gb if you scroll to the bottom detailed spec. Maybe an option? What do you get?
It should be 4GB RAM. The version with 2GB RAM costs less than $100 -> http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Original-Cenovo-Mini-2-TV-BOX-Intel-X5-Z8300-Quad-Core-Windows-10-2GB-RAM-32GB/32656149073.html
Of course it looks the same. Same design from the same factory. 🙂
GOLE1 (4GB/64GB) is now listed on GearBest @ http://www.gearbest.com/tv-box-mini-pc/pp_372953.html for $138.59 with coupon: GBGF4
I got the $138.59 price today (7/23) US as well. Shipping 8/2