Chuwi is the latest company to jump on the mini-laptop train, and the Chinese PC maker’s first model offers a pretty good mix of price and performance.

The Chuwi MiniBook features an 8 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel touchscreen display, a 360-degree hinge that lets you use the computer in tablet mode, at least 8GB of RAM and 128GB of eMMC storage (plus an M.2 slot for an optional SSD).

It has a backlit keyboard and a fingerprint sensor integrated into the power button. And the MiniBook is one of the few mini-laptops to feature a webcam.

The Chuwi MiniBook is up for pre-order through a crowdfunding campaign that ends on Sunday, August 18th. You can reserve a model with an Intel Celeron N4100 processor for $428, or a version with an Intel Core m3-8100Y processor for $528 and up.

You’ve only got a few days before the prices go up.

Prefer not to spend any money at all? You can enter the Liliputing Chuwi MiniBook Giveaway contest for a chance to win a slightly used pre-release prototype!

Check out our MiniBook preview for more details, or scroll down to find out how to enter for a chance to win.

Chuwi MiniBook 8 inch mini-laptop preview

So here’s the deal: Chuwi sent me a pre-production prototype that I’ve been testing for the past month or two. Now that Liliputing’s MiniBook review is finished, I asked Chuwi if they wanted the laptop back or if I should hold a giveaway.

They were cool with the latter option.

Keep in mind that what I’m giving away is pre-release hardware. Chuwi tells me the retail version will include improvements to the hinge and lid, the webcam, and touch input. The retail version will also come with a fully activated Windows 10 license, unlike this prototype, which has an unactivated Chinese-language version of Windows 10 pre-installed.

You can set the language to English, but some Chinese text will peek through from time to time unless you install a different version of Windows (or another operating system).

Also keep in mind that the version I’m giving away features a Celeron N4100 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of eMMC storage. It doesn’t feature support for a pressure-sensitive pen (that was only added after the crowdfunding campaign hit a stretch goal).

If you want a model with pen support and/or up to a Core m3-8100Y processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD (plus 128GB eMMC), then you’ll probably want to order through Indiegogo before the campaign ends and the prices go up.

OK, enough with the disclaimers. Here’s how to win:

Leave a comment on this site by 11:59PM Eastern Time on Monday, August 19th, 2019. 

Update: this contest has ended. Congratulations to our winner, Phil Corbin!

Here’s the fine print:

  • This contest is open to Liliputing readers with a valid shipping address in the continental United States (because overseas shipping is expensive and I’m footing the bill).
  • Please leave just one comment.
  • Please us a valid email address when you leave your comment so that I have a way to get in touch if you’re selected as the winner.
  • I’ll randomly select a winner from valid entries.
  • Once that person has been contacted, they’ll have 48 hours to respond. If they don’t respond within that time, I’ll pick a new winner.
  • Writers for Liliputing and close friends and family members are not eligible to win.
  • Neither is anyone who has won another Liliputing contest in the past 60 days.

Thanks again to Chuwi for providing this demo unit. It’s up for pre-order at Indiegogo through Sunday, August 18th, and Chuwi expects to start shipping MiniBook units to customers in September.

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295 replies on “Liliputing Chuwi MiniBook 8 inch laptop giveaway”

  1. Ok, this would be awesome =) Always wanted one like this, but can’t justify “buying” one….

  2. this is awesome. i would love something smaller to bring on road trips/vacations.

  3. Seems like it’s always the same 10 people who comment on everything, and then when something free comes up all sorts of mfs come out of the woodwork. Go figure.

  4. Liliputing Chuwi MiniBook 8 inch mini-laptop haiku:

    When Liliputing
    Use Chuwi MiniBook 8
    Because Brad says so.

  5. I’ve really enjoyed reading your site over the years. Bought my Chromebook Flip after reading a review on your site. But this contest is the impetus that finally got me to post my first comment. I hope it won’t be my last. Thanks for the great content!

  6. This would be awesome! I’ve been wanting something like this to toy around with.

  7. Chuwi Mini book could be new category of computers . Actually reborn UMPC – few years after Chippies umpc portal or other similiar sites…Because first big start of UMPC went in to direction of 10″ chromebooks and later android tablets. But this direction was fault and almoust completely gone. Let win the luckiest 🙂

  8. What a nice little machine. I wonder how Linux friendly it is?

  9. This little guy would make a fantastic mobile thin client for when I’m only eeeever so slightly frustrated with the screen size of my phone.

  10. Chuwi actually has really good hardware, for being so inexpensive. I’d love to have a pocket computer, too!

  11. I’d like to win and give the Chuwi a try. Go ahead.. pick me.

  12. I have been reading your articles daily and really hope to get the minibook you are giving out.

  13. Need to replace my Fujitsu U810 ancient arom processor just can’t cut it

  14. Just making sure, we DON’T put our email in the actual comment right? I know I know, stupid question, but I wanna be sure. With the bigger screen this will be a nicer “use in bed for media consumption” machine than my phone and Win 2 and Q1UP while still being less cumbersome than a full laptop, so I definitely wanna win a free machine.
    At least, until the Win Max comes out at which point my younger brother gets another hand-me-down.

  15. I would love to have that! Have been drooling since I read your initial review of it…

  16. Nice! Thank you for doing this giveaway and to continue covering great gadgets!

  17. Wow, what a neat little machine—would love to win this little guy!

  18. It’s all mine. 1 in 135 right now… Better shot than I usually have at winning something! Who am I kidding.. Never win anything except that first hour at the casino when they are trying to lure out you inner gambler.

  19. That’s a really cool little machine. Please enter me in the giveaway.

  20. The minibook will be awesome for travelers. I would typically use the hotel tv as the primary screen along with a secondary mouse and keyboard.

  21. I need to start a collection of micro laptops…this would be a good start.

  22. Count me in. Tiny laptops have been a thing for me since before the first eeepads i used to look for retired bisiness class 11 inch machines and think ” this is great but kinda big”

  23. I used to have the Fujitsu U810 and really miss it sometimes. All these new products remind me of it but the quality and performance is so much higher. I really love that this product space is starting to pick back up. Thank you for all the great articles.

  24. Used to dream of devices like this when I was younger. I remember when our school got some psion 3 pdas they were like the coolest thing is ever seen. I’m not sure if I could justify buying one of these, but I want to play with it so bad.

  25. Yeah, I have to say I want one. It would seem to be a really handy mobile tool.

  26. “Prefer not to spend any money at all?” I sure do. That sounds like a good price, one I am more than willing to pay. Please count me in!

  27. I’m in. If they do add the pen input feature, this would be my upgrade from my GPD Pocket I.

  28. My biggest barrier to entry with these mini-laptops has been testing out the keyboard — this would be a great opportunity!

  29. I have a little netbook like this one. I use it every day but it’s very clunky. This would be a nice upgrade.

  30. In the fine print, “Please us a valid email address…”? We are supposed to please you? Is that legal?

  31. I’ll take it, even though I wish they made it with
    1. the new 3D chips that hage Atom cors and U series or Y series cores stacked on it.
    2. 16 gig RAM
    3. 8 inch screen in a 6 or 7 inch body so can fit in pocket
    4. Very clear and tactile and well layed out keyboard.
    5. pointing stick NOT TOUCHPAD THAT MAKES IT TOO BIG
    6. 24-hour battery (believe it or not, this can be done, I know, I am an expert).
    7. No Fa to go bad.
    8. two usb A’s and two usb C’s (this should not be a problem
    9. USB c charged and output
    10. A nice optical stabilized camer on the back like smartphone!
    11. Please with GPS antenna and chip.
    12. Removeable battery.
    Now, you may say this is impossible, but YOU ARE WRONG. It is VERY possible.

  32. Pre-release hardware‽‽‽ I’m game! It’s like having a limited edition collectible 😛

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