After making a quick appearance at the Global Sources Electronics Fair 2019, in the booth of its producer iLife, where we had the chance to get to know him in preview, Chuwi Minibook is ready to conquer the market. The pocket-laptop will be available in pre-order through a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo from June, but meanwhile the Chinese company has put online the product promotion page where it is possible to register to take advantage of the “Super Early Bird Discount”, a discount of 25 % on the selling price (which we do not yet know).
Compared to the prototype we saw in Hong Kong, the definitive Chuwi Minibook will not have an Intel Celeron N4100 (Gemini Lake) processor but an Intel Core M3-8100Y (Amber Lake) chip with obviously higher performance. The Chinese company has, however, expected the release of both SKUs, to satisfy even those who are more attentive to budget rather than performance, but for now it is the only configuration listed on the official page. And taking into account the active countdown, it should be officially presented on June 19 (in 33 days).
As special as it is, Chuwi Minibook is very similar to other pocket-sized notebooks launched in the last few months, while showing significant differences: it supports multiple storage devices, has a keyboard with a particular layout and has an overclocked processor.
Reading the data sheet carefully, in fact, we noticed that the Intel Core m3-8100Y processor adopted has a TDP of 8W, when normally it should have a TDP of 5W, but Santa Clara allows manufacturers to configure this chip with 4.5W TDP to 8W. And obviously at higher frequencies, they correspond to greater consumption.
The rest of the technical specifications have remained unchanged, at least for the SKU with Core i3. Chuwi Minibook integrates 8GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 128GB of eMMC memory expandable with an M.2 slot for PCIe NVMe SSD and a microSD card reader, while the 8-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixel) IPS touch screen with aspect ratio 16:10 can rotate up to 360 degrees to be used in notebook, tablet, tent and stand mode. The side frames appear quite thick but allowed to integrate a 2MP webcam on the left side.
The island keyboard is made up of large keys, with an optical touchpad positioned between the “B” and “N” keys and at the center of a space bar, selection buttons and power button with integrated fingerprint. Do not miss the 26.6Wh battery, a USB Type-C port with support for fast charging PD2.0, two USB Type-A ports, audio jack and mini HDMI