Chuwi MiniBook: 8.0-inch UMPC pricing undercuts the GPD P2 Max and One-Netbook One Mix 3
Just under two weeks ago, Chuwi posted a promotional website for the MiniBook, its next ultra-mobile PC (UPMC), advertising 25% off pre-orders. You may have seen the MiniBook advertised elsewhere as the iLife NG08, upon which we reported in April. Chuwi has pitted the MiniBook against the GPD P2 Max and the One-Netbook One Mix 3, which are also on the horizon.
Previously, Chuwi hinted that the MiniBook could retail for around US$700, but it briefly announced on Twitter full pricing details for both versions that it will release at launch. We say briefly, as company representatives have already deleted the tweet.
The tweet has not been cached anywhere that we could find despite our best efforts. However, we have included a screenshot of our Chrome history that contains what Chuwi tried its best to remove from the internet, at least for the time being. The pricing and information for the two models is as follows:
|CPU||Core m3-8100Y||Celeron N4100|
|RAM||8 GB LPDDR3||8 GB LPDRR4|
|Storage||128 GB eMMC SSD||128 GB eMMC SSD|
|Other||Spare M.2 PCIe SSD slot||Spare M.2 SATA SSD slot|
|Early bird price||US$499||US$399|
|Full price||US$529 or higher||US$429 or higher|
Unfortunately, the RAM type is not a typo. Chuwi has confirmed separately that the Deluxe model does not support DDR4 RAM because of a limitation with its processor. Moreover, the MiniBook does not have active pen support, which seems an oversight considering that it is a small convertible laptop. Additionally, the company has stated that the MiniBook will not support dual-booting either.
The MiniBook will go live on Indiegogo on June 19, starting at US$399 for the entry-level model. Chuwi claims that you will only be able to buy at this early bird price if you sign up to its promotional website, which you can do here.
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