The Nanote P8 is a miniature laptop computer with a 7 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel IPS LCD touchscreen display, QWERTY keyboard, and a 360-degree hinge that lets you fold the screen back and use the little computer as a tablet.

It will be available for purchased in Japan soon for less than $300, making it one of the more affordable mini-laptops launched in recent years. But it’s not exactly going to be a speed demon. Some of the Nanote P8’s specs look a little dated in 2021.

For example, it’s powered by an Intel Pentium N4200 processor, a low-power quad-core chip that was released in 2016. The computer’s wireless capabilities top out at 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. And it has just 64GB of eMMC storage.

But the Nanote P8 is an upgrade over the first-generation Nanote which was released last year. That model had an even older, slower Atom x5-Z8300 processor and just 4GB of RAM (the new model has 8GB.

The folks at PC Watch have a hands-on review of the new model, and report that it performs much better in most benchmarks than its predecessor.

The Nanote P8 measures about 7.1″ 4.5″ x 0.8″ and weighs about 1.2 pounds, making it small enough that you may be able to slide it into a pocket. And unlike some other mini-laptops, it does have a webcam… just not a very good one. It’s only capable of snapping 0.3MP shots, which means you’re probably better off using your phone for Zoom calls, but I suppose it’s nice to at least have the option of using the Nanote P8’s camera.

Other features include USB-C, USB 3.0 Type-A, and micro HDMI ports, a 3.5mm audio jack, stereo speakers, a microphone, and a microSD card reader.

While it’s unlikely that this particular mini-laptop will be sold outside of Japan, it is nice to see that at least one company is continuing to focus on the low-end space at a time when most of the players in the mini-laptop space seem to be focusing on bigger, pricier options.

UpdateCNX Software suggests that the Nanote P8 is based on a OEM design from Pretech, which now shows several CPU options ranging from Atom x5-Z8350 to Pentium N5000.

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  1. The design appears very similar to the OneMix 1S Yoga, with a few small differences. That size is pocketable, so long as it’s a big pocket. 🙂

  2. Nice that they’re targeting more affordable UMPCs. Although, for me, I’m looking for the “premium” UMPCs with non-Atom based SoCs, more RAM, SSD and LTE.

    Right now, I’ve been waiting for the OneGx1 Pro 4G to show up for Amazon Prime shipping. Too bad they got rid of the SD card though.

    1. Ugh, sorry to hear that. I do actually have a Peakago unit that was sent to me, but I never posted a review because they went dark.

      The Nanote does appear to be real, if limited to Japan. There are a bunch of these floating around with nearly identical designs. It looks a lot like early One Netbook One Mix Yoga models too.

      1. I remember reading from “EvilDragon” (person behind the Pyra) in the Pyra forums that the Peakago is just a re-brand of an existing device and you could have just bought it much cheaper from AliExpress from different “rebranders” (not sure what word to use). He also refrained from providing a link saying he didn’t want to hinder the sales of the Peakago.

        Anyway, I doubt the Peakago was a scam and they just likely failed which, unfortunately, often results in campaigners “disappearing” instead of admitting they failed. After so many years, people still don’t know how “crowd funding” works.

        1. I find it very hard to believe that they “failed”. It was undoubtedly a scam.

          They weren’t designing or manufacturing anything themselves. Like already pointed out, it was just a rebranded product from an existing OEM.

          They were likely just collecting money, and paying the OEM a lump sum for the bulk order. The only thing they would have been responsible for was putting together shipping supplies, and fulfilling the orders.

          If their OEM screwed them on the deal, I’m sure we would have heard about it, but that wasn’t the case.

        2. Yeah, I doubt it was a scam. Plenty of campaigns failing and campaigners just disappearing when things hit the fan.

          All too easy for “backers” and bystanders to claim “scam”.

          1. This wasn’t a failure, because there was zero work for them to accomplish. They were just submitting a bulk order to an OEM for an existing product.

            At most they just needed a small team of people to package them, and ship them out.

            This was probably the lowest effort type of crowdfunding that could exist. They didn’t fail. They had the money, the business was a turn-key concept, and they simply left with the money.

            If their OEM wasn’t able to fill the orders, I doubt they had spent any money at that point, and they should have issued refunds.

        3. The campaigners were probably idiots when it came to all the logistics and the backers were just as dumb.