Unlike the Neo U9-H, on which the company is still finalizing details ahead of the launch which will take place in November, Minix Neo Z83-4 was launched at IFA 2016 in Berlin and will be available on the market for mid-September to price of around 170 Euros. It has an updated technical configuration, both hardware and software, but the exact same design that characterizes the models that preceded it. In particular of its predecessor, the Minix Neo Z64.
Minix Neo Z83-4
Minix Neo Z83-4 is equipped with an Intel Atom x5-Z8300 processor, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory branded Samsung eMMC 5.0, Windows 10 64-bit in a fanless houses (no fan). It’s certainly not the first Mini PC with Windows Minix, as the company already has one Intel Celeron N3150 processor (Braswell) and one with Intel Atom (Bay Trail), but is the first with Intel Atom (Cherry Trail chips). And it is this peculiarity: we know that Santa Clara has canceled the production of Intel Atom processors (Boxton), those solutions that would fuel tablets and Mini PC next year, so companies that base their core business of fanless Mini PC – just like Minix – they are forced to use the previous generation chips for new devices.
Minix Neo Z83-4 acknowledges that it is not the first Mini PC with Atom Z8300-X5 and Windows 10 on the market, but suggests some aspects that can distinguish it from its competitors: Gigabit Ethernet, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac and a design fanless tested to prevent overheating. The rest of the interfaces includes a DisplayPort, an HDMI 1.4, one USB 3.0 port, three USB 2.0 ports and a 3.5 mm audio jack, as well as a memory card reader.
To be honest, Minix could improve the ability of interior space: 32GB are perhaps a little ‘few, albeit expandable, compared to other Windows-based PC Mini 64GB, but there is a reason. Microsoft offers Windows licenses only for low-cost systems 32GB (or less), then all those manufacturers that put on the market Mini PC with larger discs and an affordable price could break a few rules