Chuwi announces crowdfunded HiGame mini PC with Kaby Lake-G CPU
Chuwi’s devices are most of the time designed to combine the best features found on expensive brands with a more affordable package. The Chinese company will also be applying this concept to its first ever mini PC model called the HiGame, which is essentially Chuwi’s answer to Intel’s Hades Canyon NUC. In order to generate more publicity and awareness, Chuwi will soon launch an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign with pre-orders for the new mini PC.
As far as size is concerned, the HiGame mini PC has a shorter case compared to Intel’s latest NUC, but it also is a bit thicker, measuring 6.8 x 6.2 x 2.9 inches. Being advertised as a gaming mini PC, it will be powered by Intel’s Core i5-8305G quad-core CPU that integrates an AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL GPU, which is similar in performance to Nvidia’s GTX 1050. The standard version comes with 8 GB of DDR4 RAM and 128 GB SSD storage, but users with a more generous budget will be able to upgrade these up to 32 GB RAM and a NVMe PCIe X4 + HDD storage combo.
The list of connectors includes:
• 1x Thunderbolt 3 port
• 2x HDMI 2.0 outputs
• 2x DisplayPort 1.3
• GbE jack + WiFi + Bluetooth 4.2
• 5x USB 3.0 Type-A ports
• mic + headphone jacks
Chuwi claims the HiGame supports 4K 60 Hz signals and video decoding, but 4K games might be a bit overkill for the Kaby Lake-G CPU. However, the mini PC could easily be used for video editing and production tasks or as a compact VR-ready home-theatre/gaming PC in the living room. Pricing options have not yet been announced, but these should be up when the Indiegogo campaign goes online.