Chinese device makers have been cranking out low-cost Windows tablets and TV boxes for months, but the new X8 mini PC from Pipo is something a little different. It’s a Windows desktop or TV box that also has a built-in touchscreen.
In other words the Pipo x8 is kind of like a desktop and a tablet combined.
Notebook Italia spotted the Pipo x8 at the HKTDC fair in Hong Kong recently. It should be available in May for around $100.
Update: Geekbuying is taking pre-orders for $150.
The Pipo x8 is a sort of wedge-shaped box with four USB ports, HDMI and Ethernet jacks, a built-in speaker, and a microSD card reader. It supports 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. It has 2GB of RAM and 32GB to 64GB of storage.
On top of the box is a 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display with support for 5-point multitouch input. This lets you interact with the computer whether or not it’s connected to a keyboard, mouse, or external display. But the system’s kind of chunky for a tablet and has no battery — it’s pretty clearly designed to be plugged into external hardware.
The system will be available with an Intel Atom Z3735F or Atom Z3736F Bay Trail processor and it supports Windows 8.1 with Bing software. Pipo may also offer a dual-boot model that also runs Android.