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.

DeviceDimensionsScreen SizeWeight
ONEXPLAYER Mini7 inches262 x 108 x 23mm589 grams
ONEXPLAYER8.4 inches280 x 128 x 25mm825 grams
Valve Steam Deck7 inches298 x 117 x 49mm669 grams
AYA Neo7 inches255 x 106 x 20mm650 grams
GPD Win 3 5.5 inches198 x 92 x 27mm560 grams
Nintendo Switch (with Joy-cons)Screen Size238 x 102 x 14mm399 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

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

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2 replies on “ONEXPLAYER Mini 7 inch handheld gaming PC now available”

  1. Windows… I can only imagine how unconvinient using it will be. No thanks.

    Steam Desk will have Linux with heavely customized and adapted to handheld interface.

  2. Unless the Steam Deck has hardware failures (I don’t mind booting into Windows if need be), these companies need to stand out more for me to pay that $1000+ USD.

    Since these small companies are usually last in line when it comes to the latest chips, it may be a while before they can stand out with performance. So form factor could be it.

    For me though, that means something like the OneGx1 (I have the Pro LTE now and the Win Max is too big) and the GPD Win 2 (pocket friendly clam shell) with quality of life improvements.

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