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.

via Bilibili, WCCFTech, MiniPCX, and Sohu

This article was first published August 25, 2023 and most recently updated September 12, 2023. 

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    1. I wouldn’t celebrate just yet. For all we know this tablet could be a big flop on Linux. It’s not hard for devices like this to fail at Linux.

      For example, there could be issues with getting the screen to be in the correct orientation, or to support an internal orientation-sensor. Supporting screen brightness/contrast could be a factor too. Pen support could be missing. Various power-management features, like battery management, or sleep mode.

      Even with good community support, this could have a rocky start on Linux without proper support from Minisforum.

  1. They should focus on releasing machines that actually work as advertised before selling yet another half-baked product.

  2. Finally, someone using a modern Ryzen chip for detachables. I’ve been waiting for this for so long.

  3. This would be a more exciting development if I hadn’t have spent the last several months without my minisforum HX90 which they acknowledged died after 3 months, which i returned at my own expense, and which they continue to delay at replacing with communication and excuses only coming when I politely request weekly updates.

    We are well past 2 months they have had my machine without replacing.

    It’s disappointing because the general engineering seems solid but the organization seems incapable of standing behind their devices.

  4. At least 4 out of the 5 applications that they’re hyping up as “things this tablet can use so you can use the tablet as an AI development tool” are services running on Microsoft’s servers. Maybe the marketing team just looked up “common AI tools” on a search engine and didn’t think to check if they even touch the NPU the way camera effects and speech to text engines might.
    Microsoft Fabric is news to me. I already hate it. Somehow, I just don’t trust that Microsoft won’t be datamining your datamining results.