Chinese tablet maker Ainol is launching its first Windows desktop computer. It just happens to be smaller than most of the company’s tablets.

The Ainol Mini PC measures 5.7″ x 4.5″ x 0.6″ and weighs about 12 ounces. It features an Intel Atom processor and runs Windows 8.1.

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The little computer is powered by an Intel Atom Z3735D quad-core processor and features 2GB of RAM and 32GB of eMMC storage. It also has a microSDXC card slot for up to 128GB of removable storage.

Ainol’s spec sheet says the system has an HDMI port, two USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.0 port, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0.

It also mentions a 7000mAh battery, suggesting you should be able to use the system just by plugging it into a display, no AC adapter required. You can also use the system as a portable battery pack to charge your smartphone or other gadgets on the go.

There’s even a Bluetooth remote control with a thumb keyboard and air mouse functionality, so you might not need to plug in a keyboard and mouse for basic tasks either.

The AInol Mini PC is available in China for ¥ 999, or about $160 US.

via MiniMachines and

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13 replies on “Ainol Mini PC is a pocket-sized Windows desktop”

  1. I would trade that battery for proper heat sinking any old day.

  2. Great.. another 2gb ram windows device.. off to the landfill with it.

    1. We’re only just now seeing 2GB machines becoming standard so your non-landfill…filling needs won’t be met for a while.
      Enjoy the parade until then I suppose.

  3. I don’t understand the drive to tiny boxes for this type of unit. Make it a little bigger and use bussed RAM and main disc. I’d be a lot more interested and wouldn’t care if it only came with 16gb or 32gb ssd ala Chromebooks – as long as I could easily swap in a 2.5″ or even M.2 drive of whatever size I want and they’ve made provisions to easily migrate the legal copy of the OS.
    Now that would be interesting at these price points. Because frankly a modern atom is enough for basic use, though a broadwell or haswell celeron would be all the better. However I’m still very skeptical about the long term use of Windows on such a small main disc. The HP Stream desktops basically – though I haven’t seen those opened to confirm possibility or ease of upgrading the memory systems.

    1. Something significant will have to break these manufacturers from the Android stick architecture to something better but still cheap to produce.

  4. usb3 + battery definitely makes this one stand out a bit more, although for 160, I’d be after a chromebox.

  5. Interesting remote control. Would be nice to have a flip around cover over the keyboard to prevent errant keypresses when using the other side.

    1. Usually on these types of remotes the side of the remote that’s facing down is deactivated.

  6. For me the the whole pc on a stick motivation is to have basically itunes server and kodi on permanently via the tv so can support streaming around the house. Also perfect for plugging into the hdmi on my projector and powering via the usb……removes clutter……and the need for cabling. Very niche use for my own personal uses. In general based on experience with rockchip android dongles wifi always been in the main unreliable so be useful to see if these asian manufacturers have addressed this……otherwise will wait for intel compute stick.

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