One Netbook has been producing tiny laptops with screen sizes ranging from 7 to 8.4 inches for the past few years. Now the company is getting ready to launch its first mini-laptop designed for gaming.
We still don’t know very much about the One GX gaming handheld, but I’ve compiled everything I do know below.
5/20/2020 update: There will be at least two version of the One GX. One Netbook will begin taking pre-orders in China on May 30 for a One GX with a 10th-gen Intel Amber Lake-Y processor and Intel UHD graphics. You’ll have to wait until later this year/early next year for a version with an Intel Tiger Lake processor and Iris Plus graphics.
See below for the latest updates.
|One GX||One GX Pro|
|Display||7 inch, 1920 x 1200 IPS||7 inch, 1920 x 1200 IPS|
|CPU||Intel Core i5-10210Y||Intel Tiger Lake-Y|
|GPU||Intel UHD (24 EU)||Intel Iris Plus (96 EU)|
|RAM||8GB LPDDR3 or 16GB LPDDR3||8GB or 16GB LPDDR4X|
|Storage||256GB or 512GB M.2 SSD||256GB or 512GB M.2 SSD|
|Wireless||WiFi 6, Bluetooth + optional Netcom 4G LTE and/or 5G (M.2 card)||WiFi 6, Bluetooth + optional Netcom 4G LTE and/or 5G (M.2 card)|
|Ports||USB Type-C, USB 3.0 Type-A, micro HDMI, 3.5mm audio, microSD||USB Type-C, USB 3.0 Type-A, micro HDMI, 3.5mm audio, microSD|
|Battery||12,000 mAh||12,000 mAh|
|Keyboard||RGB backlit||RGB backlit|
|Game controllers||Detachable, wireless||Detachable, wireless|
|Cooling||Dual fans + dual copper heat sinks||Dual fans + dual copper heat sinks|
|Dimensions||173mm x 136mm x 21mm||173mm x 136mm x 21mm|
|Weight||623 grams||623 grams|
|Price||~$620 (in China)||???|
The game controllers, by the way, will not be Bluetooth. Instead they’ll connect to the One GX via a 2.4 GHz band connection for better reliability. They’ll also have vibration motors for tactile feedback and built-in rechargeable batteries.
According to a spec sheet posted to Baidu, the little gaming laptop will have a metal lid, dual fans and dual heat pipes for cooling, and RGB lighting on the back. It’s said to support WiFi 6 and One Netbook will offer WiFi-only, 4G, and 5G versions of the system.
Update 4/27/2020: One Netbook has shared a few pictures (shown above and below this paragraph) that give us the best look at the system to date. While the detachable controllers aren’t depicted, what we can see is a little laptop with a backlit keyboard, an optical touch sensor (rather than a touchpad), and an exhaust system on the back of the laptop that looks heavily inspired by Dell’s Alienware laptops.
Update 4/20/2020: A few (blurry) new images have emerged, giving us a look at the back and sides of the One GX. It looks like we can expect at least two USB-C ports, a USB-A port, and what looks like it may be an HDMI port.
Update 4/30/20: A short video posted to a Baidu group shows the One GX running WatchDogs 2 (using keyboard and mouse input rather than controllers).
Update 5/11/2020: One Netbook has released a short video showing the One GX backlit keyboard — showing that it supports RGB lighting effects.
— One-netbook official (@OnenetbookO) May 11, 2020
Update 5/12/2020: And more details about the backlit keyboard and detachable game controllers:
Update 5/20/2020: At least one version of the One GX is expected to go up for pre-order in China on May 20, 2020 and a “Pro” edition may be coming later this year.
Update 5/25/2020: One Netbook has posted what appears to be a real-world picture of the One GX:
— One-netbook official (@OnenetbookO) May 23, 2020
Update 5/28/2020: And a new video showing some non-gaming activities in action:
— One-netbook official (@OnenetbookO) May 28, 2020
It’s also interesting to note that One Netbook seems to be doing things in the opposite order of rival mini PC maker GPD.
GPD’s first Windows-powered device was a handheld gaming PC, and only later did the company move to clamshell-style laptop designs for non-gamers. One Netbook, meanwhile, started with a convertible laptop-style design and is only now getting ready to launch a mini PC designed for gaming.
The next GPD gaming device will be the upcoming GPD Win Max, which is expected to go up for pre-order through a crowdfunding campaign later this year.
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