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Touch PC dual boots Android and Windows on Baytrail

Aug 14, 2015 — by Eric Brown — 789 views

PiPo has launched an “X8” PC and media player with WiFi, Bluetooth, and a 7-inch touchscreen, that dual-boots Android and Windows on an Intel Atom Z3735F.

Chinese manufacturer PiPo sells a wide variety of Android and Windows tablets, as well as Windows notebooks, and Android phablets and media players. The new PiPo X8 is very similar to a PiPo X7 media player, including its quad-core Intel Atom Baytrail Z3000 system-on-chip. However, the X8 runs Android 4.4 in addition to Windows 8.1 using a dual-boot implementation. It also adds a 7-inch, 1280 x 800-pixel touchscreen set at an angle like an old-fashioned control panel or a kitchen computer. The device currently sells for a low of $104 on GearBest.

PiPo X8, front and back
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Before we go any further, a few words of caution. There are more than the usual number of complaints about software problems on the various PiPo X8 product and shopping pages, including one that says there’s no tech support aside from the comments reply section. A comment on the Amazon page, where the X8 sells for $122, says Windows 8.1 runs fine, with good touch support, but Android touch support and overall performance lags. The user review also noted that the X8 uses an oddball Windows setup with 14 RAW partitions. Other commenters liked the device, considering the price.

A review of the earlier PiPo X7 noted serious heat problems, which the reviewer explains how to fix with a five-minute mod, but otherwise liked the X7 for the price. None of the other commenters mentioned any heat issues on the X8.

PiCo X8 conceptual shot (left) and side view
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With those caveats in mind, here are the PiPo X8 specs:
  • Processor — Intel Atom Z3735F or Z3736F (4x Baytrail cores at up to 1.83GHz or 2.16GHz, respectively); Intel Gen 7 Graphics
  • Memory/storage:
    • 2GB DDR3L
    • Optional 32GB or 64GB flash
    • MicroSD slot for up to 32GB
  • Display — 7-inch, 1280 x 800 IPS “G + G” touchscreen
  • Wireless — 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 with antenna
  • Networking — 10/100 Ethernet port
  • Other I/O:
    • 4x USB ports
    • Micro-USB port
    • HDMI port
    • Audio out jack
  • Software — YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, MSN, Skype, Calculator, Google Mail, Google Maps, iReader, Quick Office
  • Power — DC 12V jack with power adapter; non-removable battery
  • Dimensions — 178 x 118 x 50mm
  • Weight — 42 g
  • Operating system — and Android 4.4 and Windows 8.1 dual boot; will be upgradeable to Android 5.x and Windows 10

Further information

The PiPo X8 is available for $125 on PiPo’s shopping page, $122 on Amazon, and $104 on GearBest. More information may be found on the PiPo X8 product page.

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