The project of a new handheld computer based on Windows 10, recently appeared on Indiegogo under the name mini PC, easily surpassed its goals and attracted more than $ 20,000 in just 18 minutes, and at the time of writing the amount of contributions already exceeded $ 303 thousand. At the same time, until the end of the microinvestment campaign, there are still about 30 days left.
The mini PC pocket PC offers a 5-inch touch screen with a resolution of 720p, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of built-in storage (expandable to 512GB), a dual-band Wi-Fi transmitter, support for Bluetooth 4.2, 6 hours of battery life and plenty of ports, including Ethernet, full-size USB and USB-C, HDMI connectors. The main weakness of the device besides the format (the solution is unusually large by modern standards of thickness) is the processor – it uses an outdated chip in 2016, the Intel Atom X7-Z8750.
To compensate for the shortcomings, the computer comes with a variety of accessories, including a foldable carrying case and a foldable Bluetooth keyboard. The cost of the solution is not too high – $ 300 dollars, and early investors will pay even less – from $ 140. How the device looks in reality, you can see in the demonstration:
The computer will be shipped with preinstalled Windows 10 S and Android 5.1, which can be switched at boot time (for $ 15 it is suggested to purchase an update to Android 7.1 separately). The authors promise to begin deliveries in September 2018, and at the moment the proposal has already attracted 3,800 people.
In appearance, the device is not attractive, it includes an out-of-date processor, and projects financed through microinvest sites are not always successful. Nevertheless, the quick success of the mini PC campaign shows that the public likes the idea of having in their pocket a full-fledged Windows-computer capable of working both independently and paired with a full-format monitor. In this sense, it is interesting: how would success be used by Windows-smartphones that can offer a full-fledged desktop environment in Continuum mode? Unfortunately, we will not know the answer to this question in connection with the winddown of the Windows 10 Mobile platform about a year ago.