This pocket PC is a desktop computer with Intel Celeron N5095
Over the past few years, a number of Chinese PC makers have released tiny desktop PCs that measure just 2.4 inches and incorporate low-power Intel Celeron processors. This year they started to shake things up a bit with the introduction of slightly larger 2.8-inch models that pack more ports and newer, faster processors.
While most new 2.8-inch mini PCs I’ve seen so far have had Intel Celeron N5105 processors, BYONE is now selling a model with a Celeron N5095 processor and 8GB of RAM.
Available from AliExpress for $370 and up, the BYONE Mini PC is available with 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB of solid-state storage. It comes with Windows 10 pre-installed, supports WiFi and Bluetooth, and has a Gigabit Ethernet port.
BYONE’s product page shows a small computer with two USB 3.0 Type-A ports and a power button on the front, but there are no images of the back or sides. Still, given how much the tiny computer looks like other 2.8-inch mini PCs, I guess it’s likely it also has a third USB Type-A port on the back, a USB Type-C for power, two HDMI ports, headphone jack and microSD card reader.
As to why BYONE is offering a model in this price range with a Celeron 5095 processor, I can’t really hazard a guess, especially since models with the similar Celeron N5105 chip sell for up to $200 off. less.
Here is a comparison of the two chips:
|Celeron N5095||Celeron N5105|
|Architecture||Jasper Lake||Jasper Lake|
|Cores / Threads||4 / 4||4 / 4|
|Base/Burst Frequency||2GHz / 2.9GHz||2GHz / 2.9GHz|
|Hidden||4 MB L3||4 MB L3|
|Maximum RAM||16 GB DDR4 or LPDDR4x-2933||16 GB DDR4 or LPDDR4x-2933|
|GPUs||Intel UHD||Intel UHD|
|GPU execution units||16||24|
|GPU base / burst frequency||450MHz / 750MHz||450MHz / 800MHz|
|Built-in wireless||Nothing||WiFi 6|
|Additional Features||N / A||Intel smart sound
|Release date||1st quarter 2021||1st quarter 2021|
Theoretically, I guess it’s possible that the extra 5 watts could give the Celeron N5095 a slight edge in some CPU-intensive tasks, but the chips seem to be pretty evenly matched in at least some benchmarks.
Anyway, I guess it’s good to have options – if you’ve had your eye on a 2.8-inch mini PC but were disappointed that there’s only only one processor offered, you now have the choice between two (very similar) chips.