We’ve seen a handful of tablets and all-in-one PCs carrying pocket-friendly price tags, but a company in China came up with something different, a sort of hyrbid device which is a mini PC as well as a tablet, known as Pipo X8. The company calls it a “Windows TV Box + a Desktop tablet” but there’s no built-in battery so the chunky piece of hardware needs to be plugged in and is not portable.
Above the box, there’s a 7-inch display sporting a resolution of 1024 by 600 pixels with a 5-point multitouch input. The device is powered by an Intel Atom Z3735F 1.8GHz or Z3736F Atom 2.16 GHz paired with 2GB of RAM and 32/64GB of internal storage on board. There are four USB 2.0 ports, HDMI port, an Ethernet port, a microSD card reader, and a headphone jack. On top of it, the box ships with Windows 8.1 with Bing as its operating system.
The device was spotted at an electronics trade fair in Hong Kong, and is set to launch in May carrying a price tag under $100. The company is also expected to offer the device with a dual-OS powered by Windows and Android as well.