Which is best UMPC of 2020? UMPC are amazing ultra mobile pocket computers that let you have a miniature laptop that is even smaller than netbook. And like a netbook, a UMPC runs full version of Windows that lets you run desktop applications. The difference is that UMPC usually packs better specifications than a netbook that makes them a lot more capable. So, you can use a UMPC for gaming and for serious work.
However, a UMPC is not for everyone as there are some compromises to be made. They are discussed below.
Screen – A UMPC has a display size between 6”-9” and some come with touchscreen panels as well. Imagine running virtual desktop on that small screen. Are you ready for it? Some need it as netbooks and other mobile devices just don’t cut it. Mobile devices run either android or iOS that can only run mobile variants of applications and games, which are usually less feature rich.
Storage – Fortunately, most UMPC devices in 2020 pack decent amount of storage. In 2020, we have M.2 NVMe SSD that are smaller than RAM modules. They deliver much better performance than eMMC storage that is found in cheap laptops and netbooks. Storage is non expandable in UMPC devices, so keep that in mind. Some do come with micro SD card slot for storage expansion.
RAM – Most of UMPC computers come with decent amount of memory to run Windows 10 smoothly.
Keyboard – Keys on UMPC computers are small, like really small. So, if you are planning to do any sort of data entry on these little laptops, get yourself a netbook instead that have nearly full size laptop keyboards. These UMPCs are for doing ultra portable computing on the move, not data entry.
Best UMPC of 2020
GPD Pocket 2
For business purposes, the compact UMPC is very useful as a PC that you carry around everyday. Especially for people who perform maintenance work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, they do not know when a failure will occur, so they need to use a laptop anytime, anywhere. In addition, there are many situations in which the role of the smartphone is insufficient in the business scene, such as people who often make presentations on business trips and leave relatively long notes.
Although the GPD WIN series is easy to use as a compact laptop, it is quite difficult to use as gaming PC despite packing decent gaming capability. It is great for general computing and business use. GPD Pocket 2 is the second version that has been improved in specifications so that it can be used in a wider range of business sites.
The Intel Core m3-8100Y is mounted on the CPU, and the high performance that can meet the various applications mentioned above is realized in a compact 7-inch size, making it a perfect business tool to carry around.
7″ Touch Screen Windows 10 Mini Portable Laptop UMPC
Intel Celeron Processor 3965Y, lntel HD Graphics 615, 8GB RAM, 256GB ROM
GPD P2 Max
Around the summer of 2019, the company’s first 8.9-inch display-equipped model, GPD P2 Max, was the first to upgrade the contents of the hardware to a level that eliminated all complaints other than the size of the GPD Pocket 2. Although the CPU did not go any change, the memory capacity is doubled to 16GB, and the display resolution has been upgraded to 2,560 × 1,600 pixels, which exceeds full HD.
The storage comes in form of 512GB M.2 NVMeSSD. M.2 NVMe support has dramatically improved performance. In addition, it has been strengthened in all aspects, such as webcam that was not included in the company’s products so far, and it is attractive that it can support remote work such as Zoom and Skype by itself.
* 8.9 Inches 2.5K fully fitted retina screen,H-IPS 2560×1600 resolution, 340ppi, supporting 10-point touch control and stylus input
* CPU-Intel Core m3-8100Y,GPU-lntel HD Graphics 615,Up to 900Mhz,RAM/ROM: 16GB LPDDR3/512GB M.2 NVMe SSD;Fingerprint unlock,
The biggest feature of GPD MicroPC is that it is equipped with a standard RS-232C terminal for serial communication. It also has Gigabit Ethernet, which makes it suitable for network engineers who want to connect directly to a console in a server room without using peripherals.
It is also attractive that you can purchase it at a lower price tag. MicroPC comes with 6-inch display with 8 GB of memory.
The ONE-NET BOOK’s One Mix series was the first to stand up against the strong GPD Pocket series. The OneMix 3S / 3 Pro feature 8.4-inch IPS / 2,560 x 1,600 pixels high-resolution display for razor sharp viewing experience.
The One Mix 3S / 3 Pro is a model with a 10th generation Intel Core i3-10110Y or Intel Core i5-10210Y CPU, and CPU performance is necessary and sufficient. In addition, it is compatible with an active stylus pen that detects 2,048 pen pressure, and is equipped with a fingerprint authentication sensor as a security function.
One of the cheapest UMPCs is NANOTE. At first glance, this compact UMPC comes with 7-inch full HD display looks like an early One Mix, but this product does not support a stylus pen. And CPU onboard is an Intel Atom x5-Z8350, 4GB memory, eMMC 64GB storage – all specifications are low and netbook-ish. But, it does comes with 3MP web cam for to be used with ZOOM and Skype.
If you want to buy UMPC for gaming, GPD WIN2 would be the best choice. Powering it is Intel Core m3-8100Y that lets you place any modern AAA title easily and at respectable setting.
One of the features of the company’s UMPC for gaming is that it has a controller built into the main body. There is a space on the top of the keyboard, and it has a unique body design where analog sticks, cross keys, buttons, etc. are placed.
6 inches H-IPS Technology touchscreen, RAM/ROM: 8GB/128GB. Only 460 grams
Intel Core Kaby Lake m3-8100y 2 Cores/4 Threads. Up to 2.60Ghz. Graphics: lntel HD Graphics 615,Up to 900Mhz DirectX 12 OpenGL 4.4
Network: 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n, 2.4G/5G Dual-band wifi, Maximum transmission rate of 867Mbps.
I/O: 1x USB Type-A 3.0 ; 1x USB Type-C 3.0 ; Micro HDMI 1.4 ; 3.5mm Headphone&Microphone Combination.
GPD WIN Max
In addition to the compact GPD WIN series, GPD also released an ambitious new model called GPD WIN Max with a size of 8 inches. With the increase in size of the main unit, the CPU being used is Intel Core i5-1065G7 processor that delivers best performance in UMPC world.
CHUWI has released the MiniBook equipped with an 8-inch, 1,920 x 1,200 pixels IPS liquid crystal display. Intel Core m3-8100Y CPU powers the CHUWI MiniBook and that is backed by 16GB RAM.
In addition, it is compatible with an active stylus pen that detects 2,048 pen pressure, and is equipped with a fingerprint authentication sensor for additional security. It also has a 2 mega pixel web camera, built-in microphone, and speaker, so you can independently support remote work such as Zoom and Skype. I’m happy.
On the other hand, the storage is 128GB eMMC which is not the best in class. However, it can be equipped with an M.2 NVMe so you can slice in a high-speed M.2 NVMe SSD according to your preference.