Chinese device maker Pipo launched a funny-looking device called the Pipo X8 earlier this year. It’s kind of mashup between a mini-desktop computer and a tablet. The wedge-shaped device has the same kind of hardware you’d expect form a cheap tablet, including a 7 inch touchscreen, but it has a thicker case and more ports than a tablet, and lacks a battery,
Now Pipo’s thinking bigger: the company has launched a model with an 8.9 inch display. It’s called the Pipo X9 and you can pre-order one for about $135 from Geekbuying or Gearbest.
The Pipo X9 has a 1920 x 1200 pixel display, an Intel Atom Z3736F Bay Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage.
It’s a dual-boot device that comes with both Windows 10 and Google Android 4.4 pre-installed.
What makes this a mini PC rather than a chunky tablet is the four full-sized USB ports, Ethernet jack, and HDMI port. While you can use it with just the built-in touchscreen display, the Pipo X9 is designed to be hooked up to a mouse, keyboard, and external display.
Other features include a headset jack, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0. There’s also a built-ni speaker.
There’s a 64gb on pipo website!
Could this device be good enough in it’s touch capabilities to appeal to digital artists as a drawing surface?
this actually looks pretty damn cool
I have Pipo x8. It works nicely on both-Windows (upgraded to Windows 10) and Android. 64BG storage is enough on x8 but 32GB on Pipo X9 must be too limited storage.
This computer can’t do HD audio, which, to me, disqualifies it from being an HTPC…
Again, same as the last one, a nice touchscreen controller on your coffee table for the rest of your expensive AVR setup. This time capable of doing some other stuff, too, maybe.
This is one case where we simply MUST know about the lock situation. Because it also has Windows on it. is the Android side also securely locked as well? Android without the possibility of replacing the stock ROM when the vendor abandons the platform is a non-negotiable requirement.
Very cool! I’d use it as a media-center and threw in a 2.5HDD, if it had a slot for it.
I could see it used as a POS station, or for sales displays.
That was my thought too, it is obviously intended as a point of sale terminal or other similar business use. Doesn’t have NFC/RFID but it has enough USB ports to make that easy to fix.
I like this, it’s got a nice retrofuturistic vibe, like if someone from the 1970s tried to imagine what a kitchen computer (you know, the computer Mom uses for storing her recipes) would look like in the far-off year 2000. I think it’s the antenna and the really thick wedge form factor.
I can see this making a neat set-top box so I can replace my geriatric WD TV Live and play VLC videos and the excellent HD/surround-capable Windows Netflix app. On the other hand, with only 32GB of space for both Windows and KitKat, there won’t be any room left for Windows Updates in the long term. I wonder what the factory image footprint is.
It apparently uses a reduced set of Win10 (lots of apps not installed, etc.), so the footprint of that is small.
However just like with any other Intel based tablet, you can boot from a USB disk and wipe the whole internals, and install Win10 directly, even as GPT.
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