ECS Liva Z / ZE Apollo Lake mini PCs Showcased at CES 2017

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We first heard about ECS Liva Z mini PCs based on Intel Apollo Lake processors at Computex 2016, but at the time there was very little information about the platforms. Since then Intel has officially launched Apollo Lake processor, and ECS is now at CES 2017 where they showcased ECS Liva Z and Liva ZE mini PCs powered by Intel Celeron N3350, N3450 or N4200 processor.

ecs-liva-z

Both models are pretty similar, but Liva ZE adds a 2.5″ SATA bay, a digital microphone input, and four RS232 COM ports.

LIVA Z LIVA ZE
CPU Intel Apollo Lake SoC
(Intel Celeron Processor N3350 / N3450 / N4200)
(6W TDP)
PCH Integrated
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 500 / 505
Memory 2x DDR3L SO-DIMM Slots
Storage 1x eMMC 32G/64G
1x M.2 2242 SATA III
1x eMMC 32G/64G
1x M.2 2242 SATA III
1x 2.5″ SATA III
Wi-Fi Intel AC3165 1×1 802.11ac + BT 4.0
Ethernet 2x Gigabit LAN with RJ-45
(Realtek RTL8111H)
Display Outputs 1 × HDMI (confirmation required for 1.4b or 2.0 + HDCP 2.2)
1 × mDP 1.2
Audio 1x Combo Jack (Realtek ALC283) 1x Combo Jack (Realtek ALC283)
1x Digital Microphone Input
USB 3 × USB 3.0 Type-A (5 Gbps)
1 × USB 3.0 Type-C (5 Gbps)
Dimensions 117 mm × 128 mm × 33 mm 117 mm × 128 mm × 51 mm
PSU External – 19V @ 2.1A
(40 W)
External – 19V @ 3.42A
(65 W)
VESA Mounts 75 mm / 100 mm, one bracket included
OS Microsoft Windows 10 Linux-based OS (UEFI mode)
Microsoft Windows 10

Another difference is that while ECS LIVA Z appears to be only available with Windows 10, Liva ZE will be sold with Linux or Windows 10.

ECS Liva ZE mini PC
ECS Liva ZE mini PC

We’ll see have to wait for availability and pricing information.

Via Anandtech

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Benjamin HENRION
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RS232 LOL.

Mihai
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What is the use of the 4 serial ports??? Do they have any addons/accessories that works with those ports?

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@Benjamin HENRION

RS232 is used for panel control in digital signage applications.

JM
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Bizarre seeing USB-C and DB-9 RS-232 ports on the same machine.

jibril
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RS232 also are used on VLT and Slot.
Selling price ?
a kidney or a lung ?

Loïc
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Loïc

Why ECS puts all USB-ports in front? That’s not as beautiful if you want have an USB-peripheral always plugged-in