Chinese PC maker MINISFORUM has been cranking out small desktop computers at a blistering pace over the past few years. But the company has also dabbled lightly in tablets. Earlier this year the company introduced a 2-in-1 tablet with an Intel Tiger Lake processor, pen support, and a detachable keyboard.
And now MINISFORUM has revealed plans to launch something with more horsepower. The company’s next tablet is coming in 2024, and it’s expected to be powered by a 28-watt AMD Ryzen processor.
MINISFORUM provided a brief teaser for the upcoming tablet during an event in China, where the company also revealed more details about its mini-ITX PC with support for discrete graphics and introduced the UM790 XTX mini PC with a 70W Ryzen 9 7940HS processor.
Like the tablet MINISFORUM briefly offered earlier this year, the new model is expected to be a 2-in-1 device with support for a detachable keyboard and a pressure-sensitive pen for writing or drawing.
In an email, a MINISFORUM representative tells me the upcoming tablet will be have a large 14 inch, 2560 x 1600 pixel LCD display with a 165 Hz refresh rate and support for a pressure-sensitive stylus using Microsoft Pen Protocol 2.0.
The company says it’s also investigating the possibility of adding support for DisplayPort input, allowing you to use the tablet like a portable display for a laptop, smartphone, or other devices. It wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen a tablet with this sort of functionality, but it is still relatively rare.
MINISFORUM says it’s also planning to tap into AMD’s Ryzen AI capabilities to add some sort of AI-enhanced features to the tablet, most likely including the sort of features we’ve come to expect from Windows PCs with hardware-accelerated AI, including automatic framing during video calls, eye contact correction, and high-quality background blurring and other effects.
Depending on the processor that MINISFORUM picks, it’s also possible that the tablet could be useful as a general-purpose laptop or even for gaming. After all, many of AMD’s recent 15-28W Ryzen 7040U series processors feature RDNA 3 integrated GPUs that have proven popular with handheld gaming PC makers.
More details should be available closer to launch.
This article was first published August 25, 2023 and most recently updated September 12, 2023.