Chuwi Minibook is another one of those new devices, that fits into the convertible category. It’s an 8 incher, that was shown at a trade show in Hong Kong last month. Now we learn that the device will be soon available via an Indiegogo campaign.
Chuwi has posted a promotional website, letting potential buyers sign up for a “Super Early Bird Discount” of 25%. The Hong Kong show from last month features an unit powered by an Intel Celeron N4100 Gemini Lake processor, but there’s also an Intel Core m3-8100Y Amber Lake version. Actually, the Core m3 model is the only one listed on the promotion page.
The device feels like a mini laptop, a type of device we keep seeing lately. I’m talking about the GPD Pocket, One Mix Yoga and more. Sony’s older Vaios also come to mind. The keyboard is a bit tweaked compared to the other models. The device packs an 8 inch 1920 x 1200 pixel display, which is able to flip and rotate at 360 degrees.
There’s 8 GB of LPDDR4 RAM inside, 128 GB of eMMC storage, plus an M.2 slot for PCIe NVMe storage and a microSD card slot. We also get a 26.6Wh battery, an USB Type-C port and two USB Type-A ports. An audio jack and mini HDMI port are also here and for security purposes there’s a fingerprint sensor in the Power button.
There’s no room for a full sized touchpad here, which was replaced by a tiny optical touch sensor. It actually splits the Space bar in two. Hopefully the price is decent, but I have low hopes about that.