Minix is a small Hong Kong-based outfit that specializes in small set-top boxes that allow you to run Android apps on your TV. With this new product dubbed the Neo Z64, they are now offering basically a fanless desktop PC box that fits in the palm of your hand. Would you go for something like this?
The Neo Z64 is one of the first boxes that Minix has produced that sports an x86 processor, specifically an Intel Atom Z3735F quad-core processor (core speed up to 1.83Ghz). This makes it possible for this pint-sized box to run Windows 8.1 (more on this later). The processor is supported by 2GB of DDR3 RAM, an embedded Intel HD Graphics chip, and 32GB of internal storage (eMMC).
The box comes pre-installed with Android 4.4 KitKat, and as a set-top media box or for fiddling around with Android on your HDTV, these specs should be enough. But the x86 processor means that it can run Windows 8.1 as well. The box has two USB 2.0 ports that should be able to take a mouse and a keyboard. Aside from that, all the other connectivity parts – including WiFi connectivity. It outputs exclusively via HDMI.
As of now, there is no word if prospective users will have options to buy the box with Windows 8.1. The Neo Z64’s pricing starts at USD$129. The price would logically increase if Minix would start pre-loading the box with Windows OS, but we will have to wait for that, if ever that happens.