Pipo X8 showcased, a mini PC with a built in touchscreen display. Why? Because they can!


Windows powered mini PCs are quite the in thing right now, and OEMs are making sure they exercise all of their creativity just to ensure they don’t miss out on the next big idea.

The Pipo X8 seems like another one of these design exercises. Unlike any other Windows mini PC on the market, the X8 comes with an actual display on-board which also acts as a touchscreen. Basically, it is up to you to call it either a sort-of-portable but tethered desktop (notice I’m not using the word ‘tablet’ here — there’s no batteries in the X8) or a mini PC that needs a larger display and other components to be fully usable.

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If this does take off, it’ll most certainly be so because of the ‘unique’ touchscreen display which is a 7-inch panel with a 1024 x 600 pixel display. Apart from that, the Pipo X8 is pretty much your run-of-the-mill mini PC; there’ll either be an Intel Atom Z3735F or an Atom Z3736F Bay Trail powering the system, along with 2GB of RAM, and 32/64GB of on-board storage apart from 4x USB ports, microSD slot, WiFi and Bluetooth.

As Liliputing points out, there’ll be a speaker built-in which is a handy addition. It’ll ship with Windows 8.1 with Bing, and a dual-boot variant with Android might be introduced in the future. There’s no word on pricing as yet, but looking at other similar mini PCs around, this one should cost around the US$150 mark.

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An alternate approach (he also mentions that in the video) at looking at the Pipo X8 could be that the makers find fitting an LCD cheaper than buying a Windows license — Windows is, after all, free for devices with a screen smaller than 9 inches!

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12 Comments

  1. Natsumi
    April 19, 2015

    Better if they sell indendent screens with battery and you can attach the processor you want…

  2. Natsumi
    April 19, 2015

    Better if they sell indendent screens with battery and you can attach the processor you want…

  3. April 19, 2015

    Indeed quite a smart move of them. Saves licensing fees and (at least for a few users) adds a real benefit. I for myself love to have a second screen, but it doesn’t have to be a huge one. Now that would be a very convenient desktop solution for me with the benefits of a second screen while cutting down on space usage.

  4. Christopher Straßer
    April 19, 2015

    Indeed quite a smart move of them. Saves licensing fees and (at least for a few users) adds a real benefit. I for myself love to have a second screen, but it doesn’t have to be a huge one. Now that would be a very convenient desktop solution for me with the benefits of a second screen while cutting down on space usage.

  5. wat
    April 19, 2015

    I had designed this last year, I think the concept is the best way to integrate touch experience into windows. With a 10 inch screen and wirless keyboard and mouse on a desk though.

  6. King
    April 19, 2015

    One use I see is at food ordering counters in India. Place it on table and keep tapping orders. Ergonomically, without a monitor, there is no other use I can think of. Yet. After 2 mins thought and I let it passe.

  7. Guest
    April 20, 2015

    One use I see is at food ordering counters in India. Place it on table and keep tapping orders. Ergonomically, without a monitor, there is no other use I can think of. Yet. After 2 mins thought and I let it passe.

  8. Duker Nuker
    April 20, 2015

    stupid..

    • wat
      April 20, 2015

      Cheaper than a non-screen model. Even if you don’t use the screen, IT IS CHEAPER. Stupid…

  9. Prohoji
    April 20, 2015

    stupid..

  10. Righteous637
    July 30, 2015

    I bought one and the first thing I noticed was that when using the built in screen it overheats after about 5-10 minutes. So unless you plan to put a cooling fan underneath (or ice pack), expect issues right out of the box. When connected to a TV, and with the upgrade BIOS (which I had to hunt for), the display on the Pipo X8 goes out after a few seconds and that resolves the overheating issue. I bought the device to serve as a tablet for my kids when we go on trips and as a TV box when at home/ hotels, and the tablet part is an epic fail!

  11. Righteous637
    July 30, 2015

    I bought one and the first thing I noticed was that when using the built in screen it overheats after about 5-10 minutes. So unless you plan to put a cooling fan underneath (or ice pack), expect issues right out of the box. When connected to a TV, and with the upgrade BIOS (which I had to hunt for), the display on the Pipo X8 goes out after a few seconds and that resolves the overheating issue. I bought the device to serve as a tablet for my kids when we go on trips and as a TV box when at home/ hotels, and the tablet part is an epic fail!