ECS previews Intel Apollo Lake based Liva-Z mini PC at Computex 2016

If anything is clear from having walked around this year’s Computex, then it is that the mini PC is here to stay. Beyond plenty of socketed boards using Intel’s new STX form factor from just about every vendor, there are also plenty of other mini PC’s on display. One that caught our eye at the show was ECS’ new Liva, tentatively named the Z.


The following specifications were revealed by ECS:

  • SoC – Intel Apollo Lake
  • System Memory –  2x DDR3L SO-DIMM’s
  • Storage – 32GB/64GB eMMC flash + 1x M.2 2280 for SSD (unclear if it supports PCIe drives)
  • Video Output – Mini DisplayPort, HDMI (no revisions mentioned)
  • Audio – DisplayPort, HDMI and 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Connectivity – 2x Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 Type-C, 3x USB 3.0 ports
  • Power Supply – 19V/2.1A
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It’s so far the only Intel Apollo Lake system we’ve spotted at the show and it looks like we’ll get both Celeron and Pentium branded Apollo Lake SoC, just as with Braswell. As far as the Liva “Z” goes, ECS has gone all out in terms of connectivity this time around, but it also shows when it comes to the overall size, as although it has a lower profile than the past generations of Liva systems, it’s gained quite a lot in width. An interesting feature to note is that this system has a pair of Gigabit Ethernet ports, as well as a slot for an M.2 SSD in addition to the on-board eMMC.

No word on availability or price, but it won’t be until after Intel officially announces the Apollo Lake SoC.

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