Mini PC products are very popular. Due to their small size and good performance, they are good for both home entertainment and work. But in the past years, they were too expensive. That’s why many people have been waiting for Xiaomi to bring their own model for this category. Today, the company launched its first mini machine called “Xiaomi Mini Host.”
Xiaomi made it cooperating with Intel. Moreover, it took five months to adjust. As you can see, the Xiaomi mini PC looks identical to the Intel NUC. Though it has the same length and width, this product is thinner. The weight is only 473 grams. That’s why it is known as “the smallest mainstream performance desktop host.”
Xiaomi Mini Host specs and price
The body adopts the same CNC-integrated carving process as the Apple Mac Mini. The one-piece aluminum alloy material has undergone multiple processes, such as CNC, metal sandblasting, anodizing, and delicate chamfering design.
In terms of configuration, the Xiaomi Mini Host sports the Intel 12th generation Core i5-1240P processor. It has 4+8 cores and 16 threads, with a maximum turbo frequency of 4.4GHz, an integrated 80-unit Xe core graphics card, and a standard basic power consumption of 28W. This means that it can handle 99% of the tasks.
There is a large-diameter fan with two heat pipes for cooling. The full-load speed of the fan is 4600RPM, and the cooling fin area is 44753 square millimeters. This is nearly four times that of mainstream gaming notebooks. With the metal body, the whole machine’s performance can be released stably at 40W, and it supports 7× 24 hours of uninterrupted and stable operation.
There are three modes you can select in the BIOS. You can choose Quiet mode 28W, Balanced mode 33W (default), Cool performance mode 40W, and even make some customization to make it perform at up to 50W.
The Xiaomi Mini Host comes with 16GB DDR4-3200 dual-channel memory, M.2 512GB PCIe 4.0 SSD, up to 32GB memory, 4TB SSD, and a second SSD. But note that the length is M.2 2242 and only supports SATA Transfer Protocol.
Other aspects include: a 2.5GHz wired network card, AX211 Wi-Fi 6 wireless network card (Bluetooth 5.3), dual Thunderbolt 4 interface, two HDMI 2.0 interfaces that can output four-screen 4K, three USB-A 3.2, and one USB-A 2.0 interface.
The product comes with Windows 11 out of the box, is compatible with Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, and also supports the installation of MIUI+ to obtain Xiaomi smart ecology and connect to Xiaomi phones and tablets.
The lowest variant without memory/hard disk is only 2,799 yuan ($402), and the 16GB+512GB version is 3,999 yuan ($575). The first sale date is December 14.