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The MINISFORUM V3 is a 2-in-1 tablet with an AMD Ryzen 7 8840U processor, a 14 inch, 2560 x 1600 pixel 165 Hz display, and support for pen and keyboard accessories. It’s also one of the few tablets available with an video input, allowing you to use the computer as an external display for other devices like PCs, phones, and tablets.

First introduced last fall as one of the first tablets announced to feature an AMD “Hawk Point” processor, the MINISFORUM V3 is now available in China with a top-of-the-line model priced at 6,999 RMB (about $960). It should launch globally in late April, 2024.

MINISFORUM, which is best known for making mini PCs, is positioning the V3 tablet as a 3-in-1 device since you can use it as a:

  • Tablet (with finger and pen support)
  • Laptop (with the detachable keyboard)
  • Display (with the video input)

It’s a pretty versatile little computer with support for up to 32GB of LPDDR5-6400 memory, up to 2TB of M.2 2280 PCIe 4.0 NVMe storage, and a set of ports that includes two 40 Gbps USB4 ports for power, data, and display output and a VLink USB-C port for DisplayPort video input.

The tablet is powered by a 28-watt AMD processor with 8 Zen 4 CPU cores, Radeon 780M graphics with 12 RDNA 3 cores, and a 16 TOPS AMD Ryzen AI NPU.

The tablet has a 5MP rear camera and 2MP front-facing camera with support for Windows Hello-compatible face recognition, quad speakers, a 50.82 Wh battery, and accessories that include a digital pen that supports up to 4096s levels of pressure sensitivity and uses Microsoft’s Pen Protocol version 2.6 and a detachable keyboard with adjustable backlighting.

The tablet also has a headphone jack and microSD card reader, dual fans for cooling, and support for WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3. It comes with a 65W USB-C power adapter.

MINISFORUM V3 Tablet specs
Display14 inches
2560 x 1600 pixels
16:10 aspect ratio
165 Hz refresh rate
Up to 500 nits brightness
InputCapacitive touchscreen
Pressure-sensitive pen (4096 levels, MPP 2.6 protocol)
Detachable keyboard (with 5-level adjustable backlighting)
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 7 8840U processor
8 Zen 4 CPU cores / 16 threads
3.3 GHz base / 5.1 GHz max boost freq
28W TDP
GraphicsAMD Radeon 780M (integrated)
12 x RDNA 3 compute units
RAMUp to 32GB
LPDDR5-6400
StorageUp to 2TB
M.2 2280
PCIe NVMe
OSWindows 11 Pro
Ports2 x USB4 (40 Gbps, power, data, video)
1 x VLink (USB-C for DisplayPort in)
1 x 3.5mm audio
1 x microSD card reader
WirelessWiFi 6E
Bluetooth 5.3
Cameras5MP rear w/auto-focus
2MP front IR cam w/Windows Hello face recognition
SpeakersQuad speakers
SensorsGyroscope
G-Sensor
SecurityFingerprint sensor (in power button)
Battery50.82 Wh
Charging65W USB-PD
CoolingDual fans
Four copper tubes
MaterialsMagnesium alloy
Dimensions318 x 214 x 10mm
Weight946 grams

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  1. Is it possible to easily install a Linux distro on this instead of Windows? Or will they make it available with a Linux distro and thus cheaper as it will have no cost for a Windows licence?

    1. Eventually… well, maybe a year from now it will most likely support Linux without too many headaches. However, how much the hardware will be seamlessly functional is another question. On my flagship Windows-first laptop turned into Linux laptop, some of the superkeys responsible for toggling hardware features sometimes act buggy and have odd behaviors. If you want good hardware support a Linux-first device is your best bet unfortunately and it will likely only get worse in the future as form-factors evolve.
      Linux on this tablet is certainly possible, you might have to sit on it using windows for 6 months like I did when I bought top end big tech e-waste.

    1. I watched a few Chinese reviews on this. Apparently the DP-in can only be used when the tablet is off (makes sense), only goes up to 60Hz (meh), and doesn’t support touch (blech). Assuming it’s not a reviewer mistake, that puts a big damper on my parade. Still, I hope Samsung, MS, or ASUS takes note of this…

  2. This is interesting but the price is a bit high for it to be competitive.
    Not sure why they are not opting for the faster 7500 ram when the U supports it, seems like a no brainer to me.
    Glad they’re not skimping on the M.2 size but two would have made it a possible top contender for me.

  3. @Brad I hope you will be getting a review unit soon.

    This looks too good to be true…. it will be interesting to see how battery life, thermals and pen support shakes out.

  4. Impressive… Particularly the upgradeable RAM, M.2 and video in. Though should we expect battery life a bit worse than the Orange Pi Neo (because of the rather larger screen) ?

    1. the RAM is LPDDR, which if I’m not mistaken is soldered, the “up to” is probably in case they come out with a lower-end configuration