MINIX NEO X7 specs announced, available end of July

neox7v2After we reported last week that one our of enterprising readers managed to get through to mini PC maker MINIX about the MINIX NEO X7, the company has made those specs official and it looks as though our report was right on the money.

The new NEO X7 – apparently it was going to appear in a swept-back chassis but now returns to its AppleTV traditions – will pack in with Rockchip’s RK3188 quad-core CPU, 2GB of DDR3 RAM and 16GB of on-board storage. As we speculated last week, the extra time to market has given MINIX the time to upgrade the OS to Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean). It’ll also include three USB2.0 host ports.

Word is the power brick with this one will be 5V/3A – no doubt that will be to cater for the USB ports but you can’t underestimate how much power these things actually need when they’re humming along with all four cores wound up.

There’ll be good connectivity with 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and RJ45 Ethernet. However, while you’ll find HDMI 1.4 output and TOSLink digital audio, there won’t be a composite AV option that is found on other TV box style options.

According to cnx-software.com, there’s no pricing available yet but we still think it’ll be around the $90-100 mark in line with similarly-spec’d competition.

BrandMINIX
ModelMINIX NEO X7
ProcessorRockchip RK3188 quad-core Cortex A9
ClockUp to ~1.6HGHz
GPU typeARM Mali-400 MP4
Operating systemAndroid 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
RAM2GB DDR3
Internal storage16GB
External storageSD card, up to 32GB
Wi-Fi connectivity802.11b/g/n dual-band (2.4/5GHz)
Bluetooth4.0
No./type of USB portsThree USB2.0, USB OTG
HDMI form factorHDMI 1.4a
DimensionsTBA
WeightTBA
Announce DateApril 2013

 

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