MAG1 Intel Core m3-8100Y Mini Laptop Sells for $590 and up in China

MAG1 Intel Core m3-8100Y Mini Laptop Sells for $590 and up in China

The release of mini-laptops with display size in the region of 9″ has seen a surge in recent times with several companies like CHUWIX, One Mix, and a few others releasing quite a number of these PCs. To join these growing number of PCs, the Mag1 is joining the fray with the MAG1 “Magic Small” mini laptop.

Running on an Intel Core m3-8100Y Amber Lake processor with variable offerings around RAM (8GB or 16GB LPDDR3 RAM), and storage (256GB or 512GB NVMe SSDs), the Mag1 comes with an unusual and rare (common only in china) 8-inch form-factor with an 8.9″ display that makes it a perfect computer for users who find Mini Laptops like those from GPD too small and the standard 13″ PCs too big.

To provide premium user experience not restricted by size, the Mag1 comes with an IPS Touchscreen interface with a 16:10 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels which provides good visual feedback to users and allows easy navigation. Unlike mini-laptops from brands like GPD and a few others, the MAG1 integrates a backlit keyboard with bigger keys, this however led to a quite small trackpad which was crammed under the spacebar.

In addition to it’s list of impressive features , the Mag1 also boast a fingerprint sensor located in the upper right part of the keyboard which can be used for fingerprint login and several other authentication based applications like e-registerations. Other interfaces that comes with the Mag 1 include; a USB-C port for charging and video output, a USB-A connector, a microSD (TF) slot, a microHDMI out, and an audio jack. The MAG1 also supports dual-band WiFi and bluetooth 4.0 along with an 8600 mAH battery.

All of the features listed above for the Mag1 runs off the Amber Lake CPU as such, the MAG1 is powered by Intel’s Core m3-8100Y dual-core / quad-thread processors giving users just the amount of speed and power they need to get a lot done on such a portable device.

A summary of the specifications of the Mag1 is provided below.

  • SoC – Intel Core m3-8100Y dual-core/quad-thread Amber Lake processor
  • Intel UHD Graphics 615; 5W TDP
  • System Memory / Storage Configurations
    • 8GB DDR3 RAM + 256GB PCIe SSD + MicroSD slot
    • 16GB DDR3 RAM + 512GB PCIe SSD + MicroSD slot
  • Display – 8.9″ IPS touchscreen display with 2560 x 1600 resolution
  • Video Output – Micro HDMI up to 4K @ 60 Hz
  • Audio – Built-in microphone, 3.5mm audio jack, digital audio via HDMI
  • Connectivity – Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi 5, Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 port, 1x USB Type-C port
  • User Input – Backlit QWERTY keyboard and touchpad
  • Sensor – Fingerprint sensor right of the power button
  • Battery – 8,600 mAh battery good for about 7 hours
  • Power Supply – USB PD via USB-C port
  • Dimensions – 8.2 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Weight – 1.5pounds

The Mag1 is capable of running Windows 10 so previous windows users will feel right at home.

Judging by the price of similar devices on the market, the Price of the Mag1 can be said to be fair with the 8GB RAM/256GB SSD version available at $594, while the 16GB RAM/512GB SSD version goes for $735.  The Mini PC is however only currently available in China, but should be on sale on Chinese stores like Alibaba, Aliexpress and the likes very soon.

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About Emmanuel Odunlade

Hardware Design Engineer | #IoT Consultant |All things #ML | Entrepreneur | Serial Writer | Passionate about Innovation and technology as tools for solving problems in developing countries. Spare time is spent around writing and advocacy for the growth of the Maker/DIY Culture in Africa.

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