ONE X PLAYER mini, the Chinese PC console under Windows 11 that promises much more than a Steam Deck or a Nintendo Switch

The rise of laptops/consoles is undeniable, with the integration of the Chinese ONE X PLAYER of a Core i7 1260p. This Windows machine lets you play Jedi Fallen Order in full HD detail at over 30 frames per second.

He had GPD, then AYA and here is ONE X PLAYER. China is teeming with small, passionate manufacturers game phones that year after year refine the format of a “Switch” sauce PC. If Steam Deck is the console / PC that has the wind in its sails thanks to the power of Valve, these Chinese companies have the double argument of power and versatility.

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Because when the Steam Deck appears as a console with an internal OS that can be hijacked (and rather imperfect for that matter), Chinese consoles like this ONE X PLAYER Mini Gundam Edition are real PCs running Windows 11. Simply put: just connect it to a monitor and your keyboard/mouse set to turn this console into a desktop PC. With your files, your software and… your games!

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On the front, an 800p (1280×800 pixels) touchscreen. At the heart, advanced ultraportable components: a powerful Core-i7 1260P, 16 GB LPDDR5 and 1 TB NVMe SSD. This somewhat explains the price of 1260 dollars… in China. Because once again, to get the jewel, it is necessary to go through the import, which adds costs (delivery, VAT at the border) and additional risks. This is THE major barrier to buying after the brands are completely unknown to the general public.

Xe 96 UE: games run smoothly at 800p

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No GeForce or Radeon, the graphics chip integrated into the 1260P from Intel is Intel Xe. As the PC processor giant prepares to make the leap into the arena of dedicated GPUs in both towers and laptops with its ARC line, it’s worth remembering that it’s already credible in iGPUs, integrated in processors.

For two generations (IRIS Plus in Icelake 10e gen, and Xe in Tigerlake 11e gen and Alderlake 12e gen), Intel has caught up with AMD and its Radeon Vega. Less compatible than competitor AMD, however, Intel’s chip is just as powerful, if not often more powerful than Radeon, even in an eight-core configuration (Vega 8). In the future, RDNA 2 should give AMD the edge with Ryzen 6000, but for now Intel is (finally!) doing a good job with its iGPUs.

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How does this translate into gameplay? During our very brief introduction to Benjamin, the only Frenchman who has been able to get his hands on the precious machine, we were simply amazed. With the only game installed ” Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order “, our gaming experience is… very limited. But while you had to play with the graphics options to be able to run the game decently on a Core 10e generation, now it’s (almost) open bar.

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order runs like a charm and strictly at over 25 fps at 800p, all details blown. A few visual sacrifices would allow the game to be pushed between 45 and 60 fps, suggesting a real gaming comfort on the most nervous titles. Without losing too much quality: on such a screen, some reflections are barely noticeable gimmicks for a significant energy consumption subsidy.

Configurable power

You can vary the processor's TDP in real time to reduce or increase power.  A choice that has a direct impact on battery life.  © Adrian BRANCO / 01net.com
You can vary the processor’s TDP in real time to reduce or increase power. A choice that has a direct impact on battery life. © Adrian BRANCO / 01net.com

What about autonomy? If you’re told “between 1:40am and 5:00am” you have every right to think you’re being laughed at… and yet you’re not. On the one hand, the brightness or network access and use have a significant impact on the durability of the built-in 48 Wh battery. But on the other hand, its Intel Core i7 1260P processor (and its integrated GPU part) can be configured without rebooting. Depending on the power required by your games – Chrono Trigger SNES on your good old emulator or Cyberpunk 2077 – you will be able to push the slider from 11 W to 35 W (be careful, the processor is originally qualified for 28 W).

This configurable power already exists in Valve’s Steam Deck. Barring Nintendo or the return of an eventual Sony – who retain full control of their machines (sometimes with good reason!) – it’s a safe bet that if the machine format takes off, it will become a habit for gamers to vary the power of the machine as needed. The required difference between titles often goes from simple to fivefold depending on the presence of 3D and advanced graphic effects.

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On the autonomy side, in (long) mobility, it will be necessary to lower the detail levels to stay below 20 W to enjoy two to three hours of play. For a subway ride or use in a docked position, the 28-35W modes will give you more punch on your screen/TV. And don’t say the power isn’t enough to play on a 55-inch TV: you’re done. Zelda Breath of the Wild turned on the Switch under these conditions and the graphics quality of the Tegra X1 is light years away from what a Xe 96 EU can produce!

The giants wait, the Chinese work

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As long as no Asus, Dell, Acer or HP take on this kind of format, it is true that it is difficult to judge its durability, which only Chinese players seem to want to develop. However, we can only try to follow the increasingly frequent announcements of new entrants whose names look more and more like Kamoulox – like AOKZOE, all capitals yes (don’t laugh) – but with mouth-watering data sheets. The arrival of the Ryzen 6800U, whose CPU part, but especially the GPU, should push the Steam Deck processor anyway lets us imagine that there is a bright future for these consoles. Unless it’s in line with ARM chips, like the Snapdragon G3x we told you about last December.

In any case, the Switch has done the job of popularizing the format, Steam proves that you can take advantage of your PC toy library on the go. But it’s the Chinese from AYA and ONE X PLAYER who create the most beautiful machines., and who really draw the (potential) future of a format that has the great advantage of not forcing you to buy games with every change. platform!

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