Hannspree, a company better known for its displays, has officially launched its Micro PC, a teeny-tiny USB-stick sized machine packing Intel's impressive Bay Trail Atom processor and a full-fat copy of Windows 8.1.
Launched under the company's HannsG sub-brand, the Micro PC shares its internals with the recent raft of low-cost Windows tablets which have been hitting the UK market hard. An Intel Bay Trail Atom Z3735F quad-core processor runs at 1.33GHz - naughtily advertised by Hannspree as 1.83GHz, its burst frequency - and is linked to 2GB of RAM. 32GB of solid-state storage is included, onto which a copy of Windows 8.1 with Bing - a variant of Microsoft's mainstream operating system available to OEMs free or at very low cost - is pre-installed. Connectivity is handled by a USB 2.0 port and a micro-SD slot, with Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi support included, while a micro-USB connector provides power and an HDMI plug audio and video.
So far, so basic - but it turns out that taking the insides of a tablet and doing away with the battery and display means a dramatic reduction in size. The device weighs just 38g and measures 110.9mm long, 38mm wide and just 9.8mm thick - equivalent to an old-fashioned bulky USB flash drive, in effect.
In a move that should surprise nobody, Hannspree has also announced that it will bundle the device with a range of its monitors to create what it slightly misleadingly refers to as an 'all-in-one
' system. Bundles will include touch and non-touch displays, depending on end-user requirements, although pricing for these bundles had yet to be confirmed at the time of writing.
Hannspree's Micro PC is available in the UK now, priced at £169.99 - although several retailers are undercutting the official recommended retail price at present - with a two-year warranty. More details are available on the official website