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Watch out Microsoft, here’s a Surface Studio rival from China’s biggest tech firm

Alibaba Wujing AIO PC
(Image credit: Alibaba)

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.

Alibaba Wujing AIO PC

The Wuying AIO PC in the flesh (Image credit: Alibaba)

Surface Studio 2

The Surface Studio 2 from Microsoft (Image credit: Future)

Workstation-as-a-service

We don’t quite know whether the Wuying AIO PC will be a souped-up thin client or a proper video editing PC/photo editing workstation. But it looks more like the former.

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.

Desire Athow

Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Then followed a weekly tech column in a local business magazine in Mauritius, a late night tech radio programme called Clicplus and a freelancing gig at the now-defunct, Theinquirer, with the legendary Mike Magee as mentor. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware and staunchly refuses to stop writing reviews of obscure products or cover niche B2B software-as-a-service providers.