The One Mix 2S Yoga is a tiny laptop with a 7 inch touchscreen display, a 360-degree hinge that lets you use the computer like a tablet, support for an optional digital pen, and a keyboard that’s a little small and cramped for touch typing — but what did you expect from a laptop that’s small enough to put in your pocket?

The folks at GeekBuying are taking pre-orders for $670, and they sent me a demo model to review

Update: The first 100 Liliputing readers to use the coupon liliput2s can pick up a One Mix 2S Yoga + digital pen for $660

If the design looks familiar, that’s the One Mix 2S Yoga looks nearly identical to One Mix Yoga I reviewed earlier this year. There are just a few differences: the new model charges by USB Type-C and doesn’t have a micro USB port, it does have a fingerprint sensor, there’s no backlit keyboard, and the One Mix 2S Yoga is much, much faster than its predecessor.

That’s because the folks at One Netbook replaced the pokey Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor used in the original with a Core M3-8100Y chip for the new version.

The company also replaced the old model’s eMMC storage with a faster SSD.

While it’s going to be a little while before I’m ready to post a full review of the One Mix 2S Yoga, I wanted to share some benchmarks that make it clear the difference in performance is as clear as night and day.

The new chip is a 5 watt, 8th-gen Intel Core processor with two CPU cores, four threads, a base clock speed of 1.1 GHz and top turbo speeds of 3.4 GHz. Released in the third quarter of 2018, it’s a much more powerful chip than the Atom x5-Z8350, which was released in early 2016.

That chip is a 2 watt, quad-core, quad-thread processor with a base frequency of 1.44 GHz and top speeds of 1.92 GHz. It’s not exactly a top performer — and for some reason the original One Mix Yoga performed even slower in benchmarks than most other devices I’ve tried that use the same processor.

So it was reassuring to see that the new model trounces it in every test I’ve run so far.

The One Mix 2S gets a score of 2572 in PCMark, for instance. The One Mix Yoga only managed a disappointing 772. There was a similar performance gap in 3DMark graphics tests. And in GeekBench, the new model’s multi-core CPU score was almost three times that of the One Mix Yoga, while single-core performance was a whopping 5.2 times higher!

Oh, and while the new processor likely accounts for a significant portion of the discrepancy, the move from eMMC to a true SSD likely plays a role as well.

While the One Mix Yoga had a top read speed of 142.6 MB/ and a top write speed of 95.48 MB/s in my testing, the One Mix 2S hits speeds of 1436.1 MB/S and 910 MB/s, respectively.

The One Mix 2S Yoga also outperformed the GPD Pocket 2 in most tests. That’s a similarly-sized mini laptop with a 7th-gen Intel Core M3-7Y30 dual-core/quad-thread processor.

Interestingly there’s one other mini PC I’ve tested that does seem pretty competitive with the One Mix 2S: the GPD Win 2. That’s a gaming-centric handheld that also has a Core M3-7Y30 processor, but GPD configured the chip with a higher TDP for that device in order to boost gaming performance.

As a result, you’ll notice that the Win 2 outperforms the One Mix 2S in most gaming benchmarks, and scores almost as well in the more general-purpose PCMark test. Unfortunately I never ran GeekBench on that system when I had it, so I can’t compare GeekBench scores.

I’ll have more details to share about performance, battery life, and general usage in the coming weeks. So far I can tell you that the system can get rather warm and the fan can get pretty loud when the computer is working hard. Battery life is also fairly short under those conditions — so I wouldn’t expect to get more than a few hours of game play in without stopping to recharge.

Under lighter load though, the system stays a bit cooler and quieter and the battery seems to last longer. So I’m hopeful that this might be a useful device for a little light web browsing, document editing, or even multimedia use on the go and maybe even some (short) gaming sessions.

Stay tuned.

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31 replies on “One Mix 2S Yoga mini laptop benchmarks (Core M3-8100Y processor)”

  1. ok! i got the One mix 2s with the 8100y! AND CONFRIM:
    1. it can use 400Gb Sandisk micro sd card!
    2.the hdmi output is up to 4K30FPS!
    3.USB-C is eable to use DATA!

    Very smoth working
    install adobe premire / sony vegas and its play 4k in them! smoth

    1. I got a One Mix 2S which came w/ a charger named 30W PD. Specs say 5V 3A, 9V 3.A, 12 V 2.5A, …

    2. If you look carefully (I missed it several times) you find in the specs (on an image) that it charges at 12V via USB PD protocol. I am not sure how much amp it sucks but the charger says 12V 2.5A.

  2. Hey Brad, since I think you are going to do a full review of the unit, would it be possible for you to test how chrome os works on this machine (with either arnold the bat or cloudready iso).
    I’m looking to buy oneof this machine and chrome os on it would be really interesting.

    1. For what it’s worth, bat’s nightly didn’t show anything on One Mix 2’s screen. While running local image A I probably enabled voice assist somehow, so it probably boot up.

  3. Hi, concerning the backlit keyboard: I see the function key on the upper right corner for it.
    At the first review of the one mix 1 prototype the backlit keyboard was also without function. Later it was functional. Are there chances that the final version of the 2s will have a working backlit keyboard? That’s an important feature for me. I ordered already one during the presell….

    1. I was given no indication that this was a prototype, and during development of the Mix 2S, I’d been told that they hadn’t decided if they would be able to keep the backlit keyboard with the more powerful processor.

      My guess is that they just re-used keys. Pressing that button does nothing.

    2. I’ve also read somewhere that backlight brings heating with the 2s processor, and so this feature has been removed. I can’t remember where i’ve read that.

      1. The small LED light shouldn’t add much heat. Does it increase the required thickness of the keyboard?
        The backlight was mentioned in the product description of the first model. The 2nd one lacks mentioning any backlight. But it would be a pity not to have it. That was for me one reason to switch from the GPD Pocket to the One Mix Yoga…

        1. I haven’t seen a teardown but if it’s anything like the GPD Win’s weird heatsink situation where the fan blows from the bottom through a hole in the PCB to the heatsink fins which the keyboard rests on top of, maybe so.

    3. On One Mix 2 Yoga (not 2S, the one with 7m30) this enables “quiet mode”. The CPU is throttled down to 1 Ghz and the fan turns off. I haven’t disassembled it, but it looks like it has no keyboard backlight.

      1. Yeah, I had initially thought it did the same thing on this model. The first day I started using the 2S Yoga, pressing that key seemed to disable the fan. But I haven’t been able to get it to do that again since then.

        1. Update: I take that back. Just tried it again and it does disable the fan. Not sure what I was doing wrong last time I tried. I’ll update the article with this info.

          1. And… nevermind. If it works it seems to be maddeningly inconsistent. I went back over to the One Mix 2S a moment later and I could hear the fan humming quietly. Pressing the button over and over seemed to do nothing.

          2. Okay, I was wrong.

            First of all, it doesn’t limit the frequency as is, it limits the power envelope (so ~1.4Ghz effectively on 7y30).

            Second, Fn+Esc enables “quiet mode” only when the laptop is charging. I presume when the laptop runs from the battery, “quiet mode” is forced on.

            As it’s quite possible to make the laptop discharge at 7-8W rate even in the “quiet mode” because of I/O, the fans are bound to kick in, though at low speed.

  4. How about the pen technology? Is it Wacom AES, Synaptics/MPP, or something else?

  5. Great review Brad! When you ll do the full one, please try the pen and maybe compare it to some Lenovo or something with Wacom (if you ll have time).
    Would you be so kind and also ask them if they will be available from inside EU/USA? It will be quite pricey to order them from China for 670$. (over 1000$ with tax and customs)
    Thank you!

  6. This is hands down better than the Pocket 2. I’d get this if the Surface Go with LTE didn’t exist. While I’d like a smaller device, built-in LTE is more important to me so I’ll be buying the LTE version of the Surface Go next week.

      1. What other modern Windows device that’s smaller than the Surface Go has built-in LTE? It’s pretty easy to understand the reasons behind the comparison…

    1. Been hoping for a UMPC with built-in UMPC since my Viliv N5 died. Hasn’t happened yet.

      I’ll also be buying the Surface Go LTE over Thanksgiving when I get a chance to try it out at a MS store.

  7. No microSD card slot or backlit keyboard… I think I’ll wait to see what GPD is putting out next year.

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