With its more-than-passing resemblance to Apple’s AppleTV, the Neo X7 could be one of more stylish TV box-style mini PCs to launch this year.
The company was showing off the new model in early June but has since gone quiet. However, Simon Clarkson, an enterprising Australian reader here on minipute.com, contacted the company and was told the new model would be released at the end of this month. He left his comment on our original story.
“I contacted the company directly, and I was informed there is a release date focused on the end of July. The only issue indicated is that their(sic) still looking for vendors, so they can prepare packages suitable for the countries where they are to be released, more notably the power supply”, Clarkson wrote.
The Minix Neo X7 is expected to be another mini PC powered by the popular Rockchip RK3188 quad-core SoC CPU, backed up by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board flash. Initially, it was claimed the unit would be arriving with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) but we wonder whether the extra time would also give them a chance to upgrade to Android 4.2.
The mini PC will include HDMI video output, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless networking, along with RJ45 Ethernet. It’s expected to also house multiple USB2.0 ports and an SD card reader.
Although there is still no official pricing, we’re expecting it to be somewhere around the $100-120 mark.
Rockchip’s popular quad-core CPU is based on ARM’s Cortex A9 design, accompanied by its Mali-400 MP4 quad-core graphics engine. The chip is manufactured on a smaller-than-usual 28-nanometre production scale, which enables a higher clock speed but also lower power consumption. It’s quite likely this smaller scale production enables the chip to function better in smaller designs like the Neo X7.
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