Tronsmart Ara X5 Plus mini PC Comes with Faster Storage, 802.11ac WiFi, and Higher USB 3.0 Speeds

Tronsmart Ara X5 was one of the first Intel Atom Cherry Trail mini PCs to launch on the market. It came with an Intel Atom x5-Z8300, and the now typical 2GB RAM combined with 32GB flash. But in my review of Tronsmart Ara X5, I found out that the flash was quite slower than other Windows mini PC I tested, and the USB 3.0 port would not recognize my 1TB Seagate USB 3.0 hard drive. The company has now introduced an upgraded model simply called Tronsmart Ara X5 Plus with a faster Samsung eMMC 5.0 flash, faster USB 3.0 read and write speeds (and hopefully better compatibility), 802.11ac WiFi support by replacing Ampak AP6330 module by Intel Wireless-AC 3160 and adding an external antenna, as well as fixed some micro SD card compatibility issues, and an updated UEFI binary that should reduce blue screen of death appearances in Windows. The main specifications have not really changed however: SoC – Intel …

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MeLE Star Cloud PCG60 Plus Cherry Trail Mini PC Comes with HDMI and VGA Outputs, Gigabit Ethernet and More

Most Cherry Trail mini PCs on the market features only one video interface, usually HDMI, and only support 10/100M Ethernet. After introducing MeLE PCG03 Plus a few months ago, MeLE is about to launch a new Cherry Trail mini PC called Start Cloud PCG60 Plus that includes both HDMI and VGA video output, two USB 2.0, but also faster networking thanks to Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac. MeLE Star Cloud PCG60 specifications (highlights in bold show improvements over MeLE PCG03 Plus): SoC – Intel Atom x5-Z8300 “Bay Trail” quad core processor @ 1.44 GHz / 1.84 GHz (Turbo) with Intel HD Gen8 graphics System Memory – 2 GB DDR3L Storage – 32 GB eMMC + micro SD card slot up to 128 GB Video Output – HDMI 1.4, and VGA Audio I/F – HDMI, 3.5mm earphone jack Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0 USB – 2x USB 3.0 host ports Misc – Power Button, standby and activity …

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Voyo V3 Mini PC is Powered by Intel Atom x7-Z8700 Processor, Comes with 4 GB RAM, 128 GB Storage

After Zotac ZBOX Pico T4 mini PC unveiled earlier this week, we now have another Cherry Trail mini PC with an Atom x7-Z8700 processor thanks to Voyo V3, that also includes 4GB RAM, 128GB eMMC storage, USB 3.0 ports, dual band 802.11ac WiFi and more. Voyo 3 specifications: SoC – Intel Atom x7-Z8700 “Cherry Trail” quad core processor @ 1.60 GHz/2.40 GHz (turbo) with Intel Gen8 HD graphics @ 600MHz with 16EU (2W SDP) System Memory – 4 GB LPDDR3 Storage – 128 GB “SSD” storage + micro SD slot up to 128GB Video Output – HDMI up to 4K resolution Audio I/O – HDMI,  3.5mm audio jack Connectivity – Dual band 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0 USB – 2x USB 3.0 host ports, 1x USB type C port, 1x USB 2.0 port Misc – Power button Power Supply – 12V/2A Dimensions – 13.00 x 13.00 x 0.99 cm Weight – 200 grams The mini PC runs Windows 10, …

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Intel Unveils 5 New Compute Stick Models Powered by Intel Atom x5 and Core M Skylake Processors

Intel has introduced 5 new models of their Compute Stick with two models based on Intel Atom x5-X8300 Cherry Trail processor, and three more power and expensive models based on Core M Skylake processors, namely Core M3-6Y30 and m5-6Y57 vPro. Let’s get started with the specifications for the two Cherry models STK1AW32SC and STK1A32SC: SoC – Intel Atom x5-Z8300 Quad-Core “Cherry Trail” processor @ 1.44 GHz/1.84 GHz and Intel HD Gen8 Graphics System Memory – 2 GB DDR3L @ 1600MHz Storage – 32 GB eMMC + micro SDXC v3.0 slot with UHS I-Support up to 128GB Video & Audio Output – HDMI 1.4b Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi  and Bluetooth 4.0 (via Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265) USB – 1x USB 3.0 port, 1x USB 2.0 port, 1x micro USB port for power Misc – Power button, security notch Power Supply – 5V/3A via micro USB port. Dimensions – 113 mm x 38 mm x 12 mm So what’s the …

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PiPO X6S is a Windows 10 Cherry Trail mini PC with 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage, Dual Ethernet, and SATA Support

PiPO X6S is a Windows 10 mini PC powered by an Intel Atom x5-Z8300 quad core processor with up to 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC, and a 2.5″ internal SATA bay, that includes support for 802.11ac WiFi, and two Ethernet ports. PiPO X6S specifications (preliminary since the specs on GeekBuying are a complete mess, and pictures are lacking): SoC – Intel Atom x5-Z8300 “Cherry Trail” quad core processor @ 1.44 GHz/1.84 GHz with Intel Gen8 HD graphics System Memory – 4 GB DDR3 Storage – 64 GB flash, 2.5″ SATA drive support, and micro SD slot up to 128GB Video and Audio Output – HDMI and AV Connectivity – 2x 10/100M Ethernet ports, 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0 via Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160 Plus Bluetooth card USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x USB 3.0 port Misc – Reset and power button Power Supply – 5V/3A Dimensions – 153.4×153.4x38mm Weight – 340 grams The specifications also mention MT7620A …

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Zotac ZBOX Pico T4 is an Intel Atom x7-Z8700 based mini PC

While there are plenty of mini PCs based on Intel Atom x5-Z8300 Cherry Trail processor on the market, it’s much more difficult to find more powerful Intel Atom x7 mini PCs, and the only option that I’m aware of is MagicStick Wave TV stick, but while the project was very successful in raising money on Kickstarter, they have not exactly delivered on their December 2015 shipping deadline, and instead shipping has been postpone to March 2016 for now. Luckily, there will be soon another option with Zotac ZBOX Pico T4 coupled with 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, USB 3.0, 802.11ac WiFi, Gigabit Ethernet, and more. ZBOX Pico T4 specifications: SoC – Intel Atom x7-Z8700 “Cherry Trail” quad core processor @ 1.60 GHz/2.40 GHz (turbo) with Intel Gen8 HD graphics @ 600MHz with 16EU. System Memory – 2 GB RAM Storage – 32 GB storage + micro SD slot Video Output – HDMI and DisplayPort Audio I/O – HDMI, DisplayPort, 3.5mm headset …

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Cube iwork8 Ultimate 8″ Tablet Powered by Intel Atom x5-Z8300 Sells for $89

While Intel Atom X5 mini PCs such as Tronsmart Ara X5 are selling well above $100, you can now pickup Cube iwork8 Ultimate tablet for just under $90 on GearBest [Update: Coupon IWORK8HI save a dollar more or so] with the same processor, memory, and storage, and adding an 8″ touchscreen, two cameras, and a battery, while losing Ethernet, and the convenience of full-sized USB and HDMI ports. Cube iwork8 Ultimate tablet specifications: SoC – Intel Atom x5-Z8300 “Cherry Trail” quad core processor @ 1.44 GHz / 1.84 GHz with Intel Gen8 HD graphics. System Memory – 2 GB RAM Storage – 32 GB eMMC flash + micro SD slot up to 32 GB Display – 8.0″ touchscreen display; 1280×800 resolution; 5-point multitouch Video Output – micro HDMI port Audio – HDMI, built-in microphone and dual speakers (although I can only see one speaker on the picture), 3.5mm headphone jack Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0 USB – …

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LattePanda is a $79 Arduino Compatible Intel Atom x5 Board Running Windows 10 (Crowdfunding)

I feel like I’m living in another world after writing a title combining Arduino, Intel and Windows 10, but that’s exactly what LattePanda is promising with a development board featuring both an Intel Atom x5-Z8300 processor and an Atmel AVR MCU, and Windows 10 as the operating system. LattePanda board specifications: SoC – Intel Atom x5-Z8300 “Cherry Trail” quad core processor @ 1.44 GHz (Burst frequency: 1.84 GHz) with Intel Gen8 HD graphics @ 500 MHz System Memory –  2 to 4 GB DDR3L Storage – 32 or 64 GB eMMC, micro SD slot MCU – Atmel Atmega32u4 micro-controller Video Output / Display – HDMI, and MIPID DSI connector Audio I/O – HDMI, 3.5mm audio port Connectivity – Ethernet, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 USB – 1x USB 3.0 port, 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB port for power Serial – 1x from Intel SoC, 1x from Atmel MCU Expansion Intel processor header with 2 GPIOs Atmel MCU “Arduino” …

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