What do you get when a Chinese OEM decides to make a Windows 8.1 PC that combines a tablet and a desktop PC in a strange form factor? If you are PiPO, the result is the X8 "Windows TV box + Desktop Tablet", which has been made and marketed as a set-top TV box that runs Microsoft's OS with a touchscreen.
The device is designed to be plugged into a wall socket; there are no batteries for the PiPO X8. However, even though it's been made to hook up to a big TV screen, it can also be used as a stand-alone PC with its built-in 7-inch 1024x600 touchscreen, no mouse or keyboards are required. Inside the X8, there's a quad-core Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM and the choice of either 32GB or 64GB of onboard storage.
PiPO says it will launch the X8 sometime in May at price of under $100, and there are also plans to release a version that will dual boot to Windows 8.1 and Android. This is certainly one of the oddest-looking Windows 8.1 devices we have ever seen and will likely have a limited audience.