Meet Himedia Q10 Next Gen, the first Mini PC to use the HiSilicon Hi3798C V200 Soc

Update 3 Q10 Pro arrived - unboxing here, review here.

Update 2 Pre-production samples were delivered (mostly to Chinese clients) and early reviews are starting to appear.
As expected, the device still has a few bugs that would have to be ironed out in the next few weeks.
The first batch should be available around one month from now (around April 25th). Worth noting: Himedia could change the hardware and the Chinese version could be slightly different from the version sold outside China.

Update 1 Device is now known as Himedia Q10 Pro - better name, but not necessarily the final one.

With CES 2016 just a few days away details about new products that will be presented there are starting to surface.

Here's a exclusive: Himedia will be showing off at CES 2016 their new Mini PC based on the HiSilicon Hi3798C V200 SoC which we presented in detail here.

Himedia Q10 Next Gen ("Next Generation" - could be a working title) will be using the same alluminum casing as the previous Hisilicon-based Mini PC from Himedia, which has a LED display and "smart touch" keys on the front and an internal SATA HDD bay.
Using the "smart touch" area you can operate the Mini PC without a remote, as it contains all basic keys like arrows, return, OK, menu.

Himedia Q10 Next Gen's connectivity is excellent: HDMI 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 (host and slave), SATA (internal), composite/optical/coaxial.

Himedia Q10 Next Generation

Himedia Q10 Next Gen full specs

  • CPU: quad-core Cortex A53 (64-bit)
  • GPU: quad-core(?) ARM Mali-T720
  • RAM: 2GB DDR3
  • ROM: 8GB eMMC
  • LAN: Gigabit
  • Wi-fi: 802.11N
  • USB: 1 x USB 3.0 host, 1 x USB 3.0 slave, 2 X USB 2.0
  • Audio/Video: HDMI 2.0, Composite, Stereo (L/R), Optical and Coaxial outputs
  • OS: Android 5.1

So while the CPU is similar to the one used by the Amlogic S905 or Rockchip RK3368 SoC's, the connectivity options offered by HiSilicon Hi3798C V200 SoC are much better, and the Mali-T720 is like a breath of fresh air after so many Mini PC's using Mali 450.

With the HiVXE 2.0 Video decoding engine, an 1080P UI, 4K at 60 fps, H.265/HEVC 10 bit, BDMV and BD-ISO support (including 3D) and the partnership with Dolby Laboratories for the integration of the Dolby Vision VS10 (with Higher Dynamic Range (HDR) and Wider Color Gamut (WCG), Himedia Q10 NG is clearly aimed at movie fans and could potentially become the best Mini PC in 2016 for this particular niche (as Q5 quad was in 2014/2015).

I noticed that the device has the Kodi logo on the specs sheet for the device - being able to make use of the excellent HD audio support (7.1 passthrough, Dolby Atmos, DTS-HD, True HD) from Kodi would make the Himedia's Hi3798C V200 device even more attractive.

Himedia Q10 NG (Next Generation) will be available after the Chinese New Year (so in late February) for a currently undisclosed price.

Specs sheet reveal that there could be a "Pro" version in the future with 16Gb eMMC and 802.11 AC Wifi - or maybe these will be used for the new Himedia Q5 "Next Generation".

If you're in Las Vegas next week for CES 2016 you can visit Himedia's booth (83231 ,Level 1, Hall G, Sands Expo) for more details and a test drive of their new Mini PC. They also packed their existing product lineup (Q5 quad, H8, Q1, Q2, Q8 and the new Himedia M6).