Minisforum has formally announced its V3, one of the industry's first AMD Ryzen 7 8840U-based hybrid PCs that can serve as a tablet, a laptop, and an external display, which is why the company positions it as a '3-in-1' system. As the machine packs an eight-core CPU, it may offer the performance of some mid-range laptops. Meanwhile, despite being a 'tablet,' it has two USB4 ports and an SD card reader, a rare feature for this class of devices.

The Minisforum V3 is closer to a classic laptop than a tablet, but this happens often. The system features a 14-inch detachable multitouch display with a 2560×1600 resolution, a 500 nits brightness, a 165 Hz refresh rate (which will undoubtedly be appreciated by gamers), and a stylus support that measures 323.26×219×9.8 mm and weighs 946 grams without the keyboard. The device is made of die-cast magnesium alloy and packs all the common sensors and features for tablets, such as a 5MP rear and 2MP front camera, gyroscopes, and a fingerprint reader.

The Minisforum V3 is powered by AMD's Ryzen 7 8840U (8C/16T, 3.30 GHz – 5.10 GHz, up to 28W) with built-in Radeon 780M graphics (768 stream processors) and is mated to up to 32 GB of LPDDR5-6400 memory as well as an up to 2 TB M.2-2280 SSD with a PCIe interface. To ensure consistent performance under high loads, Minisforum squeezed a cooling system into the tablet with four copper tubes and two fans, a rare feature. 

When it comes to connectivity, the Minisforum V3 comes with a Wi-Fi 6E + Bluetooth 5.3 adapter, two USB4 ports, a V-Link connector (a USB-C that acts like a DisplayPort In), a UHS-II SD card reader, and a 3.5-mm jack for headsets. Thanks to the V-Link connector, Minisforum's V3 can act like a tablet and a laptop and as a display for another notebook.

Minisforum V3 comes with an integrated 50 Wh battery, which is more or less in line with what some other thin-and-light 14-inch laptops offer. To easily balance between a long battery life and maximum performance, V3 has three power profiles, including power-saving mode (15W), balanced mode (18W – 22W), and high-performance (28W). Meanwhile, Minisforum does not estimate the actual battery life of the device for now.

Minisforum is expected to announce the pricing of its V3 hybrid PC next month.

Source: Minisforum

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  • tokyojerry - Thursday, February 8, 2024 - link

    I also have a single UM790 Pro. I'm curious to know how you connect them in parallel CPU intensive loads. For video editing in BlackMagic's DaVinci Resolve the single UM790 Pro seems sufficient for editing.

    I also intend to get the V3 and am curious as well about multfunction on the V-link (USB-C) port but am quite happy to see it just double as a secondary support screen to my desktop or notebook PC.
  • dan82 - Friday, February 9, 2024 - link

    I use them as build machines for Github's local action runners. The distribution is pretty much out of the box here - just install the Github action runner client on the various machines and it will distribute things nicely.
  • kn00tcn - Thursday, February 8, 2024 - link

    can vlink be captured?
  • name99 - Thursday, February 8, 2024 - link

    Not sure that's the greatest brand name.
    I first read it as "misinformation" and I STILL keep seeing it as such, even though I know it's not!
  • tokyojerry - Thursday, February 8, 2024 - link

    Maybe not in the west and anglo-saxon countries but in Asia it is quite well, growing in popularity and variety of offerings as well.
  • PeachNCream - Thursday, February 8, 2024 - link

    Compare the "Minisforum V3" to the "Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 5" and I think laughably bad corporate identity and cumbersome product names pretty much speak for themselves. Minisforum has a meaningful presence in western markets and I've not heard anyone else overly concerned with the company name. It certainly is better than the EK cooler branding that had a highly racist name tied to the product stack for years.
  • meacupla - Friday, February 9, 2024 - link

    It's just you.
    Everyone else says it as "mini S forum"
    And that's in the English speaking community.

    In fact, you are the first person I have met that said this.
  • tokyojerry - Friday, February 9, 2024 - link

    Try, a forum for multiple (= plural vs singular) mini PCs. Or, Minis forum.
  • 1_rick - Thursday, February 8, 2024 - link

    "As the machine packs an eight-core CPU, it may offer the performance of some mid-range laptops."

    Well, I would certainly hope so.
  • NextGen_Gamer - Friday, February 9, 2024 - link

    haha - Yeah I mean I guess I consider the 8-core Ryzen chips as being pretty high-end, with their 16-core ones (and Intel's 24-core chips) being in like the ultra enthusiast area of $2500+ laptops.

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