HIGOLE introduced the GOLE1 mini PC with a touchscreen display in 2015 mostly to get a free and legal Windows 10 license, but over the years the company launched more Intel models inspired by the original design. However, their latest model, the GOLE 1 R, is based on Rockchip RK3588 octa-core Arm Cortex-A76/A55 SoC instead and running Android 12 by default.
The GOLE 1 R is equipped with 8GB RAM, 128GB eMMC flash, a 5.5-inch touchscreen display, Gigabit Ethernet and WiFi connectivity, a microphone, speaker, a gravity sensor, and a 2,500 mAh battery. The company also sells the GOLE 1 RN mini PC without a display, a microphone, a speaker, or a battery for power.
GOLE 1 R/RN specifications:
- SoC – Rockchip RK3588 octa-core processor with four Cortex-A76 cores @ 2.4 GHz, four Cortex-A55 cores @ 1.8 GHz, an Arm Mali-G610 MP4 GPU, a 6TOPS NPU, 8K 10-bit decoder, 8K encoder
- System Memory – 8GB LPDDR4
- Storage – 128GB eMMC flash, MicroSD card slot
- Display – 5.5-inch display with 5-point multitouch screen (GOLE 1 R only)
- Video Output – HDMI 2.1 output up to 8K resolutions
- Video Input – HDMI 1.4 input
- 3.5mm audio jack
- GOLE 1 R only: built-in microphone, support for speaker
- Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port
- WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 module
- USB – 4x USB 3.0 ports, 1x USB Type-C for power, DisplayPort Alt. mode, and data
- Expansion – M.2 socket for expansion (GOLE 1 RN only)
- Misc – Power switch, IR receiver
- Power Supply – USB PD via USB-C port
- Battery (GOLE 1 R only) – 2,500 mAh/7.6V good for about 3 hours
- GOLE 1 R – 500 grams
- GOLE 1 RN – 300 grams
The fanless mini PC/thick tablet ships with Android 12 by default without Google Play support, but the company claims Ubuntu and RTLinux are also supported. An SDK will allegedly be offered alongside hardware schematics and drivers for the device.
The devices have launched on Kickstarter with the GOLE 1 RN mini PC going for around $300 US, and the GOLE 1 R mini PC with integrated display selling for $353. Those prices will be hard to swallow, especially for the mini PC since it does not really differentiate itself from other Rockchip RK3588 mini PCs, but the GOLE 1 R is more of a unique product and it may have domr takers. On the positive side, shipping is included in the prizes, and deliveries are expected to start in December right after the crowdfunding campaign is over.
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.