Alfawise T1 Gemini Lake Mini PC Launched

Alfawise T1 Gemini Lake Mini PC Launched

The Alfawise T1, a Gemini Lake N4100 mini PC has finally launched, this uses the successor to the Intel Apollo Lake N3450 SoC, the Celeron N4100 which has 2 MB more cache (4MB total), supports HDMI 2.0 and a 200Mhz faster max clock speed. I’ve tested the new Pentium Silver J5005 in Intel’s new NUC, so expect mostly improvements to GPU performance thanks to the move from DDR3 1600Mhz to DDR4 2400Mhz. Sadly we only get 4GB of DDR4 if only it had two DDR4 So-Dimm slots but apart from this, it’s looking good.

Update: Below is my review.

It has 64GB of eMMC 5.1 storage, inside you’ll find a  M.2 SSD slot and 2.5″ HDD bay for an HDD or SSD. 4 x USB ports, (2 x USB 3.0 and 2 x USB 2.0) a MicroSD slot and Type-C port. It has a mic for Cortana support and runs Windows 10 Home. 2 x HDMI 2.0A ports. In the box there is also a VESA mount so you can mount it to a TV or monitor getting it out of sight.

The Alfawise T1 is now $199, Gearbest has knocked $20 off the price for launch. I’ve ordered one and waiting for it to ship, hopefully, it will leave China this week. So expect to see it in 2 weeks time on the channel and site.

 

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21 Comments

  1. My T1 was finally shipped today (ordered on May 17th).

  2. If not already mentioned, now there is the Chuwi GBox as well…
    https://www.cnx-software.com/2018/05/23/chuwi-gbox-mini-pc-gemini-lake-hdmi-vga/

    CHUWI GBox Specifications:
    SoC – Intel Celeron N4100 quad core to 2.4 GHz with Intel UHD Graphics 600; 6W TDPGBox Air Mouse / Remote Control
    System Memory – 4GB LPDDR4
    Storage – 32GB eMMC flash + 32GB SSD, 2.5″ SATA bay, micro SD card up to 256GB
    Video Output – 1x HDMI 2.0, 1x VGA
    Audio – Via HDMI, 3.5mm audio jack
    Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, dual band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0
    USB – 2x USB 3.0 ports, 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB type C port

  3. Since plex has unlocked hardware transcoding, quicksync, could you test it with plex when you get it? Lon.tv has tested the j4005 nuc, maybe you could use his methodology for plex transcoding.

    A low powered minipc able to transcode plex is not possible until now, please consider testing this. It will be more practical to do this test than games tbh.

    • Plex okay not used it before I use Kodi other WIndows media players normally. But will check it out.

      • The point of plex is that you can stream your video files from anywhere in the world. The #1 problem is the video file sizes. E.g. A 20gb video is not practical to stream on an iPhone/android phone, thus, plex will automatically transcode on the fly to a 2gb file.

        What’s interesting now is on a low powered mini pc is that you can leave it alone inside a closet somewhere running 24/7. Essentially, your own netflix.

        • VLC can do streaming and transcoding. Is there something special about the way Plex does it?

    • I’m also interested in using it as a plex server if it can do HW transcoding.
      Can someone confirm that is support Quick Sync? It doesn’t seem to be the case if I check the spec on Intel’s website.

  4. Core M CannonLake cpus should be around the corner too.
    Intel Core M3-8114Y
    https://twitter.com/TUM_APISAK/status/996706570552524800

  5. Please check the microphone. My assumption is, is that this is just a slight evolution from the BeeLink S1. The mic doesn’t work on mine. I’m also not the only one without a functional microphone.

    If you tear the alfawise down, could you devote a couple of seconds in your video on getting the case apart? On the S1, I’ve removed the 4 screws but it just doesn’t fall apart. I’ve attempted to pry the bottom and top apart and I’m afraid I will break something.

    • Sure I’ll include that if I do open it or at least how to get inside. Just waiting for it to ship.

  6. The question is: is it fanless? And if it’s not, is the fan noise acceptable? Usually it’s not with Chinese mini PC’s.. it’s why I bought a Intel NUC J4005 for a htpc (semi passive).

    • It should be fanless, this SoC can be passively cooled designed for laptops and notebooks.

      • Yeah but it’s not in the marketing material above that’s usually not a good sign.

  7. It’s a bit expensive for only 4GB of RAM. I think once there’s competition this will drop in price and an 8GB version will take its place at this price.

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