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Chuwi MiniBook crowdfunding campaign surpasses US$260,000 in two days

The Chuwi MiniBook crowdfunding campaign has reached US$267,613 in two days. (Image source: Chuwi)
The Chuwi MiniBook crowdfunding campaign has reached US$267,613 in two days. (Image source: Chuwi)
The crowdfunding campaign for the Chuwi MiniBook has exceeded all expectations, having achieved over 1,000% of its funding goal. This would be an impressive feat in a full campaign period, let alone 2 days. The Chuwi MiniBook is an 8.0-inch ultra-mobile convertible laptop that starts at US$430 for the Celeron N4100 model and US$530 for the Core m3-8100Y model on Indiegogo. The MiniBook will ship worldwide in September.

We doubt even Chuwi saw this coming. The Shenzhen based company launched its latest crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo earlier this week, and it has already proven a hit with fans. The campaign is the company's sixth on the crowdfunding website since 2017, from which it has previously raised over US$2.7 million.

As we previously reported, Chuwi has brought two versions of the MiniBook to Indiegogo, the cheapest of which starts at US$430. Both versions feature an 8-inch IPS touchscreen, which operates natively at 1,920 x 1,200. Chuwi claims that the display should reach a maximum brightness of 250 cd/m² lumens, which seems rather dim. The company will equip both models with a 26.6 Wh (7.6 V) battery, Windows 10 Home 64-bit and a 2.4 GHz/5 GHz Wi-Fi modem that supports up to the IEEE 802.11 n standard.

The MiniBook weighs 0.66 kg (~1.46 lbs) and measures 201 x 128.6 x 19.3 mm. Chuwi has incorporated a USB Type-C port, two USB Type-A ports, a headphone jack, a mini HDMI port, a microSD card reader and a fingerprint scanner integrated within the power button. Both models will come with 128 GB of eMMC flash storage too. Please see below for the differences between the two models:

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Model Deluxe Entry-Level
CPU Core m3-8100Y Celeron N4100
RAM 8 GB LPDDR3 8 GB LPDRR4
Other Spare M.2 PCIe SSD slot Spare M.2 SATA SSD slot
Indiegogo price US$530 US$430
Full price US$670 US$540 or higher

Chuwi is positioning the MiniBook as a competitor to the MacBook Air and Surface Go, although we would not compare an ultra-mobile PC (UPMC) with no trackpad against an ultrabook and a detachable 2-in-1. At any rate, it would still make a more portable alternative to a conventional laptop while maintaining much of the same functionality. The MiniBook campaign will end on August 19, with Chuwi estimating that it will ship to backers in September.

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Alex Alderson, 2019-06-21 (Update: 2019-06-21)
Alex Alderson
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.