The ONEXPLAYER Mini is a handheld gaming PC with an Intel Core i7-1195G7 processor, 16GB of RAM and at least 512GB of storage. With a 7 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel touchscreen IPS LCD display surrounded by game controllers, it’s basically a Windows-powered alternative to a Nintendo Switch.
It’s also the smaller sibling of the original ONEXPLAYER, which has similar specs but a larger 8.4 inch display. First announced in November, the ONEXPLAYER Mini is now available for purchase from the ONEXPLAYER Store.
The 7 inch model has a list price of $1259 and up, but folks who buy one within the first 24 hours (by 12:00PM Eastern time on Friday, January 14, 2022), will be able to save up to 17% and pick one up for $1039 and up.
The little computer measures 262 x 108 x 23mm (10.3″ x 4.3″ x 0.9″) and weighs 589 grams (1.3 pounds). That makes it smaller and lighter than either the original ONEXPLAYER or most other including the AYA Neo or Valve Steam Deck.
|ONEXPLAYER Mini||7 inches||262 x 108 x 23mm||589 grams|
|ONEXPLAYER||8.4 inches||280 x 128 x 25mm||825 grams|
|Valve Steam Deck||7 inches||298 x 117 x 49mm||669 grams|
|AYA Neo||7 inches||255 x 106 x 20mm||650 grams|
|GPD Win 3||5.5 inches||198 x 92 x 27mm||560 grams|
|Nintendo Switch (with Joy-cons)||Screen Size||238 x 102 x 14mm||399 grams|
Other features include DDR4-4266 memory, PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe storage, a 40.25Wh battery and 100W USB-C fast charger, support for WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0, and ports including:
- 2 x USB Type-C (full function for power, data, and video)
- 1 x USB 3.0 Type-A
- 1 x 3.5mm audio
— One-Netbook official (@OnenetbookO) January 13, 2022
The handheld gaming PC has stereo speakers, dual vibration motors, game controllers with dual linear triggers and a cooling system that includes an aluminum heat sink, two copper cooling tubes, and a fan.
One Netbook says you should expect up to 8 hours of video playback time from the 10,455 mAh battery, but expect that figure to go way down if you’re
Optional accessories include a carrying case (which is included for folks who order during the 1-day launch promotion), and a foldable keyboard. An official docking station is also in the works.
Keep in mind that even folks who do get in on the launch promotion will end up with a device that costs substantially more than a Valve Steam Deck despite having less graphics processing power. And while One Netbook may have more of a track record of delivering first-party hardware than Valve, it’s also a relatively small Chinese company that doesn’t typically offer the same level of support and service to customers in the west as you might find from companies with a larger presence outside of China. So proceed with caution before placing an order.
That said, The ONEXPLAYER Mini does ship with Windows 11 rather than a custom Linux distribution like the Steam Deck. It has a higher-resolution display (for better or worse). And it’s available with up to 2TB of storage.
And when I got a chance to review the original 8.4 inch ONEXPLAYER handheld gaming PC, I was quite impressed with the build quality and performance, and the ONEXPLAYER Mini’s hardware is nearly identical in most respects. So there are probably worse ways to spend $1039 or more… assuming that’s the kind of money you’re willing to spend on a handheld gaming device in the first place.
Here’s a run-down on the list price/launch promotion prices for the ONEXPLAYER Mini and accessories:
- ONEXPLAYER Mini with 512GB SSD for $1259 ($1039 during launch)
- ONEXPLAYER Mini with 1TB SSD for $1399 ($1179 during launch)
- ONEXPLAYER Mini with 2TB SSD for $1599 ($1379 during launch)
- Add a ONEXPLAYER Mini magnetic keyboard for $59 extra