During the exhibition HKTDC in Hong Kong the Chinese company Pipo announced a miniature computer X8, which differs from analogues with touch screen display. Resolution of 7-inch touchscreen which can recognize up to five touches simultaneously, is not very high – 1024×600 pixels.
X8 is a cross between a mini-PC and a tablet, which can be used without a keyboard, mouse and monitor. However, the device does not fit to ordinary consumers: it looks like a bulky box, and does not have a battery. First of all, X8 is designed for connection to external equipment with power supply (signboards, terminals, online kiosks and other interactive systems). The presence of the screen makes it easy to configure and diagnose a computer.
X8 has four USB-ports, HDMI, Ethernet, built-in speaker and reader of microSD-cards and chip Intel Atom (Z3735F or Z3736F Bay Trail), 2 gigs of RAM and 16/32 GB internal. It supports connection to Wi-Fi (802.11n) and Bluetooth 4.0.
At the heart of X8 there is the cheapest version of Microsoft – Windows 8.1 with Bing. It is an almost exact copy of the “normal” Windows 8.1 except the fact that service Bing belonging to Microsoft is selected as the default search engine on Internet Explorer. However, buyers can then change the item in any browser settings. In addition to Windows, X8 can be run on Android and perform functions of set-top boxes.
Sales of mini-PC will begin in May. You can buy it for about $ 100.