When Chinese mini-laptop maker One Netbook first announced plans to release a tiny gaming laptop with an Intel Tiger Lake processor, there was just one problem — Intel hadn’t actually launched that chip yet.
Now that the company is getting ready to start taking pre-orders for the One GX mini gaming laptop, that problem… still exists.
So it’s not a huge surprise that there will be two different versions of the One GX. Sometime in the future there will be a One GX Pro with an Intel Tiger Lake processor and Iris Plus graphics. But the version that’s going to ship first is a One GX mini-laptop with an Intel Core i5-10210Y processor and Intel UHD graphics.
That 10th-gen Intel Core processor is one of the chips One Netbook uses in its latest One Mix 3 Pro laptops, so the company has some experience working with these processors already (although, it’s worth noting that One Netbook calls them “Comet Lake-Y” processors, while Intel calls the chips “Amber Lake-Y”).
But they also feature substantially less powerful graphics than we’re expecting from the upcoming Tiger Lake chips… or even the current-gen Intel Core i5-1035G7 Ice Lake processor with Iris Plus graphics (which is the chip GPD chose for its Win Max mini-gaming laptop).
For a laptop designed for gaming, Comet Lake/Amber Lake seems like an odd choice. Then again, the original GPD Win had an Intel Atom processor with Intel HD 405 graphics, and the GPD Win 2 has a Core m3 chip with Intel HD 615 graphics. But those devices also feature lower-resolution displays, which means the GPUs don’t have to work as hard.
Anyway, maybe it’s best to think of the first-gen One GX as a general-purpose mini-laptop that just happens to have detachable game controllers, while the upcoming One GX Pro will be a true portable gaming PC. Maybe.
One Netbook will begin taking pre-orders for the non-Pro version in China on May 30, with pricing starting at around $620.
Here’s a run-down of the key specs for the One GX and One GX pro that we know about so far:
|One GX||One GX Pro|
|Display||7 inch, 1920 x 1200 IPS||7 inch, 1920 x 1200 IPS|
|CPU||Intel Core i5-10210Y||Intel Tiger Lake-Y|
|GPU||Intel UHD (24 EU)||Intel Iris Plus (96 EU)|
|RAM||8GB LPDDR3 or 16GB LPDDR3||8GB or 16GB LPDDR4X|
|Storage||256GB or 512GB M.2 SSD||256GB or 512GB M.2 SSD|
|Wireless||WiFi 6, Bluetooth + optional Netcom 4G LTE and/or 5G (M.2 card)||WiFi 6, Bluetooth + optional Netcom 4G LTE and/or 5G (M.2 card)|
|Ports||USB Type-C, USB 3.0 Type-A, micro HDMI, 3.5mm audio, microSD||USB Type-C, USB 3.0 Type-A, micro HDMI, 3.5mm audio, microSD|
|Battery||12,000 mAh||12,000 mAh|
|Keyboard||RGB backlit||RGB backlit|
|Game controllers||Detachable, wireless||Detachable, wireless|
|Cooling||Dual fans + dual copper heat sinks||Dual fans + dual copper heat sinks|
|Dimensions||173mm x 136mm x 21mm (6.8″ x 5.4″ x 0.8″)||173mm x 136mm x 21mm (6.8″ x 5.4″ x 0.8″)|
|Weight||623 grams||623 grams|
|Price||~$620 (in China)||???|
According to the spec sheets, the systems also feature dual cooling fans, and the Pro model has support for an active pen with 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity. It’s not clear if the standard model doesn’t have that, or if One Netbook just omitted it from the spec sheet).
Sadly there’s still no word on which 4G and 5G network bands the little laptops will support.
Update: There’s now an official One GX page on One Netbook’s website. But there aren’t many details listed yet.
Update 2: One Netbook has posted what appears to be a real-world picture of the One GX:
From #onegx reviewer
— One-netbook official (@OnenetbookO) May 23, 2020
Whoa what now, tiger lake was the main selling point of the one gx for me. I was waiting for that specifically. guess i’ll go and pre-order the gpd win max in that case. from the review videos, it seems that the iris graphics already chug along in some games in the one gx, can’t imagine how the UHD graphics in this “gaming” device will handle the graphical load in a lot of games
I’m also wanting Tiger Lake but unlike you, I have the patience to wait a few months to get it. Bet you live in a lot of debt buddy.
I’ve been in the market for a portable gaming PC for a while now, and have been following these two brands for years now. Very obtuse of you to assume my financial status without knowing anything about me, buddy.
yea seriously wtf?
yea seriously wtf?
Does the optical pad act as a middle click? I like using the middle mouse button to open links in new browser tabs. If this supports a Linux distro well, then I’d use it for the middle click paste function.
This render has ‘vaporware’ written all over it. I mean they’ll probably release something with this name, but I’m quite sure it won’t look anything like the render.
I hope the controllers charge when connected to the notebook, as well as electronically connect to it instead of wireless.
That’d be cool. The details of the controllers are pretty sparse right now. Hopefully, when this goes up for pre-order for the Chinese market on May 30, they’ll provide all the details and photos/videos of the actual hardware.
Hoping they send a review unit to Brad to test out.
Have they decided what color(s) they’ll be releasing? I hope they at least make the gray or black one. The original red was too much of the usual “10 year old gamer” aesthetic.
Yeah, the original red color and other gamer details almost made me pass on this. The black one looks neutral enough. I believe the keyboard back lights can be set to just white. I wonder if the back exhaust LED can be turned off.
Yeah, they just need to somehow get rid of that exhaust. It’s still pretty gamery to me like that ugly Alienware notebook they got it from.
While I agree that it is ugly, it looks like it will make sure no hot exhaust air is blowing on your hands while gaming with the attached controllers. I think they stole the Alienware aesthetic to help mask the function.
If there’s an actual function to that backend besides targeting 12 year olds and that it can’t be done another away, then I guess I’d have to live with it.
So do they need that large back for this CPU? They could make the device smaller or is that exhaust more about the gaming aesthetic they’re going for?
If they cut off the alien ware rip off back and instead made the hinge 360 flippableike the rest of their range, that’s a killer device usable for so many applications and use cases.
I guess this or them not releasing anything for a long time was expected.
For me, I just want something like a One Mix 3 with LTE. If One Netbook succeeded in that (I they tried) I would have bought it.
Same. I don’t plan on gaming with this. With the UMPCs out there now, built-in LTE is the main deciding factor at this point for me. I’ll have to wait for more specs/reviews to see if it support Verizon’s LTE bands though.
If this supports US carriers, I’ll replace my GPD MicroPC with the One GX LTE. If the MicroPC had built-in LTE, then I’d rather use that. I prefer the handheld use case and the processing power is more than sufficient. However, built-in LTE is more important to me in a UMPC (at least before I got stuck at home).
Interested in this too.
Are you getting a review unit, Brad? One with LTE to test? I hope you do. I hope they send review units to non-gamer reviewers too. I’m not interested in the gaming aspect of this and it would be nice to see reviews that focus on other things.
Hmm. Maybe I’ll get this instead of the Surface Go 2 LTE. I guess I can wait until more details are provided.
I’m also debating on getting this instead of the Go 2 LTE to replace my Go 1 LTE.
It all boils down to if this supports Verizon and if I can get it from a local retailer/reseller. I hear these One Netbook and GPD devices are frequently defective and it’s hard to get replacements/refunds from foreign retailers and the OEMs themselves.
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