We’ve already covered several Intel Amber Lake mini laptops with the likes of One Netbook One Mix 3 Yoga or GPD Pocket 2 Max both powered by Intel Core m3-8100Y and equipped with respectively 8.4″ and 8.9″ displays with 2560×1600 resolution. Those are ultra-compact yet powerful machines, which come at a relatively high cost, with for instance the Mix 3 Yoga going for about $760.
But there’s another model coming up with CHUWI minibook with similar specifications and an 8″ display that will be offered for as low as $499. The trick is that only 300 pieces part of the “Super Early Birds Perk” will be available at that price when the product launches on Indiegogo on June 19. The retail price should be around $669 since the discount is said to be around 25%. There will also be a cheaper Intel Celeron N4100 Gemini Lake model, but price has not been announced.
CHUWI Minibook preliminary specifications:
- SoC – Intel Core m3-8100Y dual-core/quad-thread Amber Lake processor @ 1.1 / 3.4 (Turbo) GHz with Intel UHD Graphics 615; 5W TDP
- System Memory – Dual-channel 8GB LPDDR3 RAM
- Storage – 128GB eMMC flash, M.2 NVMe SSD socket, microSD card slot
- Display – 8″ IPS touch screen display with 1920×1200 resolution, 360° yoga design
- Video Output – 1x mini HDMI port
- USB – 1x USB type-C “full feature” port, 1x USB 3.0 host port
- Webcam – 2MP camera
- User input – Full-size QWERTY keyboard, mouse pointer and left/right buttons
- Battery – 26.6Wh battery with USB PD 2.0 fast charging support
- Dimensions & Weight – TBD
CHUWI’s mini laptop will come with Windows 10, but it should be possible to install Linux distributions like Ubuntu either on the eMMC flash or in an M.2 SSD. The company also uploaded a video presenting the device, and showing it in action with photoshop, games, and so on.
If you are interested in the device at the advertised $499 price, you may want to register your email address on their mailing list to be alerted of the Indiegogo launch. You could also leave a comment there, as the company will draw 3 winners from the list of commenters who will receive a free CHUWI Minibook each.
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.