Watch out Microsoft, here’s a Surface Studio rival from China’s biggest tech firm
In October 2021, Alibaba unveiled a new all-in-one (AIO) PC as part of its family of cloud-based computer products. The Wuying AIO PC follows the original Wuying, a tiny thin client that could sit comfortably in the palm of your hand and act as a gateway to Alibaba’s formidable cloud computing infrastructure.
A spokesperson for Alibaba has now provided us with more details on the newly-launched AIO, which doubles as a business PC. Two versions will be offered; one with a 23.8-inch full HD display and a Pro version with a larger 27-inch touchscreen display that offers a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution.
The latter is a potential cloud-connected alternative to the $3,500 Surface Studio. Like Microsoft’s flagship workstation, it can be positioned either upright or lying down thanks to a clever folding mechanism, and can be used with an active stylus pen. The only picture shows someone drawing on the device in what looks like Photoshop, hinting at Alibaba’s ambition to attract designers to its platform.
Other specs shared with us include two 3W speakers with an independent audio DSP, an earphone jack, HDMI in/out, USB-A and USB-C.
The Wuying Cloud Computer is available in several configurations, so users can cater the level of computing power (in configurations similar to VPS hosting) to their needs. For instance, dual-core with 4GB of system memory for schools, quad-core with 8GB of RAM for programmers and 72-core with 278GB of RAM for rendering and other memory/compute-intensive tasks. Users also have the option to release additional computing power when it’s not needed.
Alibaba has confirmed that the price of the device will be announced towards the end of the year with shipping restricted to mainland China.
Alibaba is one of the largest technology companies in China by market capitalization, with a value that’s currently hovering around $450 billion. It operates in a number of verticals (web hosting, dedicated servers, CDN, cloud storage, virtual desktop etc.) and has one of the biggest e-commerce platforms in the country.
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