Chinese mini PC maker Beelink is preparing to launch a tiny new desktop computer with a quad-core Intel Celeron J4125 processor and support for up to two 4K displays.
The upcoming Beelink Gemini M is a 4.7″ x 4.7″ x 0.7″ computer that weighs just 340 grams (about 12 ounces). Beelink hasn’t announced a price or release date yet, but the company has shared a short teaser video on YouTube.
Intel’s Celeron J4125 chip is a 10-watt, 4-core, 4-thread processor with support for burst speeds up to 2.7 GHz. It features Intel UHD 600 integrated graphics, which isn’t enough to make the Beelink Gemini M a gaming powerhouse, but the GPU should be good enough for 4K video playback.
On the back of the little computer, there are two HDMI ports and Ethernet and headphone jacks as well as an AC adapter port and a power button.
There are four USB 3.0 Type-A ports on the sides, as well as an SD card reader. The system has 8GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC storage soldered to the motherboard, and there’s also an M.2 2242 slot for an optional SATA III SSD.
The Beelink Gemini M is actively cooled, so you’ll also find a small fan inside the case, and the system also supports dual-band WiFi.
This looks like a great alternative to the Chuwi Larkbox. The CPU is a bit more powerful, has an extra 2gb of RAM. Full sized SD slot is a very welcomed feature for me.
However, it has 64gb storage, instead of 128gb. This wouldn’t be such a big deal if it had an appropriate size M.2 connector. M.2 2242 is useless in my opinion. There are few SSD options in this size, and they are drastically more expensive than M.2 2280. Most of the 2242 choices are unknown brands, with poor performance.
It’s a shame they weren’t able to fit a 2280 slot in this thing, it certainly seems to have the physical size for it. Based on the video it seems the M.2 connector is near the corner of the PCB, so theres no chance of securing a 2280 SSD using a creative solution.
I know how an 8th gen core i5-U cpu deals with a single quad HD display 😀 I cant help but wonder what this is gonna do if someone actually tries using 2 x 4k60 displays :D:D:D
No mention of Linux compatibility. Usually Beelink doesn’t support Linux.
What do you mean by Linux support? I haven’t seen a PC in recent history (past 10 years) which doesn’t boot up a well rounded distro or the doesn’t come up. If you mean things like Wi-Fi is working, again, I haven’t seen it not working on my recent PCs in the last 10 years on popular distros which come with all the drivers. In the worst case you may have to add a Wi-Fi dongle, I don’t know if it’s a deal breaker for you. For me it isn’t.
I’ve been running a Beelink N50 with Arch flawlessly throughout the past year, so while it may not officially be supported by Beelink, it runs Linux, indeed. Everything working out of the box, too. There’s nothing too exotic in these that would prevent them from running Linux, really.
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