Some of you may have noticed in the last part of the video hands-on Sunty SP001 (by the way you read our depth?), The incursion of a Mini modular PC that the Chinese company would be about to launch on the market. The device called iBeamBlock is manufactured by Aiptek (so Sunty then will brand with your brand) and we saw him and tried to preview at CES 2016 Asia, illustrated by its luminary CEO.
iBeamBlock is a Mini modular PC, which acquires functionality and power depending on which of the blocks are added to and stacked on one another through the pogo-pin. In the sample exhibited at the fair, the device worked with three modules: a projector, a Mini PC with integrated touch screen and a battery. Each of these blocks is independent and running stand-alone, so the user will have the option to buy them all three together or separately depending on your needs. The price of the three combined units is 699 euro, but the only projector will be available for 499 Euros. The sale is scheduled for next autumn, as in the Aiptek projects is the desire to officially present iBeamBlock at IFA 2016 in Berlin, after turning around for months in other international fairs.
Moving on to the main technical specifications, Aiptek iBeamBlock comes with a pico-projector L400 with HD native resolution (1280 x 720 pixels), brightness of 720 lumens and image up to 120 inches, which thanks to the presence of an HDMI can also be used with other devices. In the Mini PC – tablet, which Aiptek called Pad 45D, we find an Intel Atom Z3735 processor (Bay Trail), 2GB of RAM, 32GB of ROM expandable with microSD cards and Windows 10. On the top, there is also an IPS touch display 4.5 inches in order to control the device even without keyboard and screen hooked. There is no lack WiFi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, USB and Pogo pin for the devices. The PB-10 12000 mAh battery (3.7 V) should provide about 2 hours of battery life in the projection and something extra with only Mini PC.
The advantage of this modular system, unlike for example the Lenovo ThinkPad Stack, is its versatility: it can be used without a battery, as well as the projector also works without his Mini PC. So even if you have all the modules, you can choose what to take with you on the basis of the daily activities. The device is certainly thicker and heavier than some other similar solution already seen, but it might not be a problem: the projector measures 125 x 95 x 30 mm and weighs about 300 grams, the Mini PC weighs 170 grams and the battery about 450 grams . In practice the system to complete measuring 125 x 95 x 90 mm and weighs less than 1Kg