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OneXPlayer Mini, expensive alternative to the Steam Deck

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By launching the Steam Deck, Valve has reignited the fuse of “pocket” PC consoles, a niche market that has only interested a few Chinese manufacturers in recent years. A new model signed One Netbook seeks to find a place in the sun.

PC gamers now have the ability to indulge their all-consuming passion on their couch or anywhere, thanks to the Steam Deck. Even though the device isn’t perfect, Valve has got it right and generated new interest in this pocket PC market. Since then, several manufacturers have started… or relaunched, like One Netbook.

It has everything of a PC

The manufacturer has just announced the OneXPlayer Mini, which presents itself as a credible alternative to the Steam Deck. As its name suggests, this is a new version of OneXPlayer, a product launched last year to take advantage of the craze around the PC from Valve. The mini version is however more interesting.

The OneXPlayer Mini retains the 7-inch screen of its predecessor, but the panel displays greater definition (1,920 x 1,200). The PC also embeds faster storage: NVMe, against eMMC which is slower. There is also 16 GB of RAM. There is enough to make a real mini PC!

Credit: One Netbook

The other major change compared to the standard version of the OneXPlayer is to be found under the hood: One Netbook has indeed swapped the Intel chip for an AMD processor, in this case a Ryzen 7 5800U with 8 cores and 16 threads . A Radeon Vega 8 graphics card rounds out the specs for this Windows-based computer.

The Steam Deck also incorporates an AMD chip, but it’s a chip custom. And if it is possible to install Windows on the Valve device, the latter runs with Steam OS, a homemade Linux operating system. Where Valve has been strong is in terms of price: the best-equipped Steam Deck costs $649, while the OneXPlayer Mini is offered between $999 and $1,259! Suffice to say that success is not at all assured for this competitor of the Steam Deck…

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