It looks like the Zotac PI320 Pico won't be the only cigarette pack sized Windows 8.1 PC.
Minix is well known for its Android small form factor PCs such as this Minix Neo X8 H and it looks like the company is entering the x86 space with a mini PC based on Intel’s Android Bay Trail 22nm silicon called MINIX NEO Z64.
The MINIX NEO Z64 is a 64-bit Android or Windows 8.1 PC. It ships with Android 4.4.4 out of the box and there is an option to install Windows 8.1 on it. The machine is powered by an Intel Z3735F 64-bit processor with 2 MB of cache and turbo clock of 1.83GHz. It comes with Intel HD graphics and supports full HD 1080p playback. The Atom Z3735F has four cores and four treads with a base clock of 1.33GHz and it has an SDP (Scenario Design Power) of 2.2W. Intel doesn’t want to mention the real TDP of this processor, but it is certainly rather low and fits the small form factor PC. Intel sells this CPU for 17 USD apiece.
MINIX NEO Z64 comes with 2GB DDR3L memory and 32GB of eMMC storage. If you crave more space there is a microSD slot. It has HDMI 1.4 for video output, 10/100 Mbits LAN, headphone jack and a power DC IN on the rear.
The side hides the power button, microSD slot and two USB 2.0 slots. We know that you would want to see USB 3.0 there, but the chip lacks USB 3.0 support. The Neo Z64 comes with an IR receiver and a remote. The machine has a single band 802.11n wireless card and antenna.
Media centre lovers will like the fact that MINIX NEO Z64 comes with support for XMBC. The best part is the price. Company officials told Fudzilla that they plan to price the MINIX NEO Z64 at around $129 which is certainly less than the price Zotac will ask for its new Pico. The machine should launch in the coming weeks and we hope to test one for you rather soon.
Computing is getting more and more affordable and MINIX NEO Z64 seems to be on the right track.