Update: The official website now lists the mini-PC “Chuwi AeroBox” and the specs are in line with what we had reported. The APU is an octa-core Excavator CPU running at 2.35GHz and the GPU, although, not mentioned on the site, is an integrated Radeon R7 350.
Chinese PC-maker, Chuwi is planning to launch an interesting device: A mini-PC that essentially looks like an Xbox console. The specs were shared by a Japanese website, PC Watch and they put it more or less on par with present-gen handheld consoles:
This Chuwi mini-PC is powered by an embedded AMD APU, the A9-9820 which packs 8 cores (no SMT) and a max boost clock of 2.35GHz. The integrated GPU is the Radeon R7 350 with a boost of 985MHz. It features 256GB of M.2 SATA SSD storage and 8GB DDR3 memory. In addition, there are four 2.5″ drive bays and an SD card slot for expanding storage.
Normally, I’d say that this is a Ryzen part, but since it features DDR3 memory, there’s a good chance that it’s based on the older Excavator architecture.
As for the exterior, the mini-PC looks a lot like the Xbox One console with a white and black color scheme. Under the hood, it has a dual-fan thermal design and includes RGB lighting as well.
I/O includes two USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0 ports, Gigabyte Ethernet, IEEE 802.11ac enabled wireless LAN, Bluetooth, a DVI cable for output as well as the standard audio input/output slots.
Benchmarks and Performance
The APU was spotted last year by TUM-APISAK but there’s no word on the real-world performance. Chuwi claims that the system scores 7,388 points in Geekbench 4 (MC) and 369 points in Cinebench. The SSD has a rated speed of 500MB/s. We’ll reach out to AMD regarding this APU. Stay tuned!