MINIX NEO N42C-4 Apollo Lake Mini PC To Launch Soon with SO-DIMM and M.2 Slots

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I’ve just completed MINIX NEO Z83-4 Pro review, a Cherry Trail mini PC with Windows 10 Pro, but if you’d like something with a more recent and faster processor, the company will soon launch a MINIX NEO N42C-4 with an Apollo Lake processor, and upgradeable memory and storage.

MINIX NEO N42C-4 preliminary specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Pentium N4200 quad core “Apollo Lake” processor @ 1.10 / 2.50 GHz with 18 EU Intel HD Graphics 505 (6W TDP)
  • System Memory – 4GB DDR3L SO-DIMM module (upgradeable to 8GB via 2x SO-DIMM slots)
  • Storage – 32GB eMMC 5.1 flash, 1x 2280 M.2 SSD slot
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4 up to 4K @ 30 Hz, mini DisplayPort up to 4K @ 60 Hz, USB type C up to 4K @ 60 Hz(video only, no audio); supports for up to 3 independent displays
  • Audio – Via HDMI, miniDP, 3.5mm audio combo jack
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi & Bluetooth 4.1
  • USB – 3x USB 3.0 ports, 1x USB Type-C port
  • Misc – Power button
  • Power Supply  – 12V? power jack or USB type C

The mini PC is pre-loaded with an activated version of Windows 10 Pro 64-bit. While other recent MINIX Intel mini PCs are all fanless, N42C-4 relies on a cooling fan, and it’s the first model that upgradeable with SO-DIMM SDRAM slots, and an M.2 slot for SSD. The video below also shows the mini PC connected to a monitor over a USB type C cable providing both power (from display) and video output.

MINIX NEO N42C-4 will be available at the beginning of October for $269.90 / 269.90 Euros.

Via Netbook Italia

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Really storage only 32GB, the eMMc could have been at least 64GB, Minix can do better.

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Very nice mini-PC. Article says $269, but the spokesman in the video said $169.

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@Razzburry_Pie
He stated $169 earlier but then corrected it to $269 later on. I confess that I had my credit card out ready when he said $169 but perhaps that is a price for distributors.

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@Peter
Ideally yes but 32Gb keeps the price of the Windows 10 licence down.

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It’s good to see that [email protected] can be supported through the DP port but a shame that the USB-C video functionality is somewhat limited by the lack of audio support at the same time.

Also good to see a vendor showing that the M.2 port is only running at MSATA speeds, so a plus for the honesty there.

Any idea if a DP to HDMI converter is in the box?

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I have a mini PC at home running with a 20 gb SSD and a 500 gb HDD…

You can easily work around the space limitation by moving the folders in your user account (like Documents, Download, even Desktop) to the larger drive. Some folder require a registry edit, but most of them can be moved natively.

After that, hide the second disk from Windows explorer, and the experience is now seamless…

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Beelink AP42 run fanless, Gigabyte N4200 Brix run fanless… better options to choose.