Blackview MP80 Processor N95 mini PC review – Part 1: Specs, unboxing and teardown

Blackview MP80 is an upcoming tiny (0.285L) and lightweight mini PC powered by an Intel Processor N95 quad-core Alder Lake-N CPU clocked at up to 3.4 GHz and equipped with 16GB RAM, and a 512GB M.2 SSD preloaded with Windows 11 Pro.

The mini PC also comes with three HDMI 2.0 video outputs, three USB 3.0 ports, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, as well as Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 4.2 wireless connectivity. Blackview sent us an early sample of the MP80 mini PC for review and we’ll have a look at the specifications, go through an unboxing and attempt a teardown in the first part of the review, before publishing our experience with Windows 11 Pro and Ubuntu 22.04 once the mini PC officially launches in September.

Blackview MP80 review

Blackview MP80 specifications

  • SoC – Intel Processor N95 Alder Lake-N quad-core/quad-thread processor @ up to 3.4 GHz with 6MB cache, 16 EU Intel UHD graphics @ up to 1.20 GHz; TDP: 15W
  • System Memory – 16GB LPDDR5
  • Storage –  512GB M.2 SATA SSD
  • Video Output
    • 3x HDMI 2.0 ports up to 4Kp60
    • Support for 3 independent displays
  • Audio – 3.5mm audio jack, digital audio output via HDMI
  • Networking
    • 2x Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 ports
    • Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 4.2 wireless module
  • USB – 3x USB 3.2 ports
  • Misc – Power button, RGB LED strip, heatsink and fan for active cooling
  • Power Supply – 12V/2.5A via DC jack
  • Dimensions – 87.8 x 87.8 x 37 mm
  • Weight – 214 grams

 

Blackview MP80 mini PC vs mouse
Blackview MP80 mini PC vs wireless mouse for scale

Unboxing

The mini PC comes in a package marked as “Blackview Mini PC” which should be common to all Blackview mini PCs.

Blackview MP80 box package

The package includes the mini PC itself, a 12V/2.5A (30W) power adapter, an HDMI cable, a VESA mount with screws, and a multilingual user manual with basic instructions in English, Russian, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Japanese.

Blackview MP80 power supply cables user manual

The front panel features a power button and some ventilation holes.

Blackview MP80 front panel

The rear panel comes with a 12V DC jack, two Ethernet RJ45 ports, and a 3.5mm audio jack, plus more ventilation holes.

Intel Processor N95 mini PC Dual Gigabit Ethernet

The left side offers three HDMI 2.0 ports to drive up to three displays at up to 4Kp60.

Intel Celeron N95 triple HDMI

Finally, the remaining offers three USB 3.2 ports whose speed we’ll have to test in Windows.

Intel Processor N95 mini PC USB 3.0 ports

Blackview MP80 teardown

Now let’s open the case and look inside. We had to remove the four rubber pads at the bottom and loosen four screws to remove the bottom cover with a plastic tool. It’s clearly not designed to be opened, so the M.2 SSD should not be considered replaceable until you are ready to take the risk of breaking a few plastic bits.

Blackview MP80 teardown

There’s not much to see at this point except for the RGB LED strip placed around the plastic chassis and the small PCB to drive it. We’ll need to remove four more screws to check out the cooling solution.

Intel Processor N95 board cooling fan

We’ve stopped the teardown at this stage to avoid damaging anything before testing Windows 11 Pro, and then Linux.

First boot

Blackview MP80 Review Windows 11

We connected the Blackview MP80 to an HDMI monitor, a wireless RF dongle for our keyboard and mouse, and the power supply to check everything is booting as expected, We went through the usual Windows 11 Pro setup wizard and configured the mini PC to connect to WiFi 5 successfully.

Intel Processor N95 Windows 11 Pro

A quick look at the “About” settings confirms the mini PC is running Windows 11 Pro on an Intel N95 processor @ 1.70 GHz (base frequency) and comes with 16GB RAM. As noted in the specifications and the teardown, the mini PC has an RGB LED strip underneath that serves as a status LED.

Mini PC bottom RGB LED strip

That’s all for today, the next step will be to test Windows 11 Pro on the Intel Processor N95 mini PC. But note, we’ve been asked to only share the results upon product launch next month.

We’d like to thank Blackview company for sending us the MP80 mini PC for review with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB M.2 SATA SSD. The Mini PC is expected to be released on September on Amazon for around $139. There’s no product page on the company’s website yet, but they did shortly mention the mini PC in a blog post.

Continue reading Blackview MP80 review – Part 2: An Intel Processor N95 mini PC tested with Windows 11.

CNXSoft: This article is a translation, with some further insights, of the original review on CNX Software Thailand by Suthinee Kerdkaew.

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3 Replies to “Blackview MP80 Processor N95 mini PC review – Part 1: Specs, unboxing and teardown”

  1. This is not bad at all, but I am mostly interested in a device with Intel i7 1360p, it seems to be a bit of a beast for the perf/price ratio.

    1. When it comes right down to it, I think i3-1215U/1315U vs. Alder Lake-N is interesting. Gigantic CPU performance uplift, heterogeneous, double the graphics EUs. You just need the cooling to take advantage of it.

  2. For what it is, if $139 is realistic from Amazon then it would seem to sit at a realistic price point. Would have been nice to see an N100 but judging by the success of that, I suspect that there are massive bins of N5095, N5105 and N95 that need shifting ASAP and this might well sell well having easily the best of the processors.
    If it appears on Amazon UK for £139 then I will likely pick one up.

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