Hong Kong engineer Leo Cheung has developed a Mini PC pocket computer with a built-in 5-inch display and operates as a normal PC.
The computer, which is comparable in size to the average smartphone, runs on an Intel Atom x7 processor with a frequency of 2.56 GHz and is equipped with 8 GB of RAM. A 128 GB SSD is installed as standard, which is already quite good for such a portable device. However, it is possible to upgrade the memory up to 256GB (for $30 more) and up to 500GB (for $50 more). The resolution of the 5-inch display is 1280×720.
The mini-computer is equipped with all the necessary connections (HDMI, USB, USB-C, Ethernet, and mini-jack) which allows the user to connect any devices from a keyboard and mouse, to a monitor and game console. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules are installed. All of the insides of the computer are protected by a rugged aluminum case.
The device comes with a pre-installed full-fledged Windows 10 system. In addition, there is a version which runs Android.
The battery allows you to work up to 6 hours without recharging, and the passive cooling system makes the computer absolutely silent. The weight of the Mini PC is 230 grams. For comparison, the iPhone 8 Plus weighs 202 grams. The kit includes a flexible keyboard.
Leo Chung launched a fundraiser campaign for the production of the Mini PC on the Indiegogo crowdfunding site and his project has already raised $750,000 in spite of his target of only $20,000. The computer can be ordered now for $149.
By the way, this is not the first time Windows 10 has been used as an opeating system for a mini-PC. The manufacturer of single-board computers, Raspberry Pi, announced the support of dozens of models starting from the 2B model. However, Raspberry computers run on ARM-based processors which do not have many popular programs. This makes such a product rather a toy for geeks. In contrast, Leo Chung’s computer supports all the standard software and can become a convenient working tool for any user.