The latest tiny desktop computer from Minix features a quad-core Intel Atom x5-Z8300 Cherry Trail processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a fanless case, and Windows 10 64-bit software.
Minix is unveiling the Minix Z83-4 mini PC today, and the company says it’ll be available for purchase starting September 16th for about $170.
But for what it’s worth, this is the first model to sport a Cherry Trail processor. Since Intel isn’t positioning its next-gen Atom chips as solutions for PCs, I wouldn’t expect to see any tablets, mini-desktops, or other general purpose computers powered by the chips formerly code-named Broxton. So companies like Minix that want to offer tiny, fanless PCs may be stuck using previous-generation tech like Cherry Trail for a little longer.
Minix acknowledges that the Neo Z83-4 isn’t the first Windows 10 mini PC with an Atom x5-Z8300 chip. But a representative suggests that its system stands out in a few ways, including Gigabit Ethernet, dual-band 802.11ac WiFi, and a fanless design that’s been tested to prevent overheating.
And while there are some other models on the market with 64GB of storage, Minix said Microsoft only offers low-cost Windows licenses for systems with 32GB or less… suggesting that some other device makers may be breaking Microsoft’s rules.
Other features include DisplayPort and HDMI 1.4 ports, eMMC 5.0 storage, a USB 3.0 port, 3 USB 2.0 ports, and a 3.5mm headset jack.