Mini PCs with a touchscreen display targeting consumer markets, and looking like very thick tablets started with PiPo X8, and later other companies joined the fray with products like GOLE 1, but the form factor appears to have become popular with even more manufacturers, as Shenzhen EC Technology has now launched ECDREAM EC-V26 powered by Intel Celeron or Pentium “Apollo Lake” processor, and equipped with an 8″ touchscreen display.
- SoC (one of the other)
- Intel Celeron N3350 dual core processor @ 1.1 GHz / 2.4 GHz with a 12 EU Intel® HD Graphics 500; 6W TDP
- Intel Celeron N3450 quad core processor @ 1.1 GHz / 2.2 GHz with a 12 EU Intel® HD Graphics 500; 6W TDP
- Intel Pentium N4200 quad core processor @ 1.1 GHz / 2.5 GHz with an 18 EU Intel HD Graphics 505; 6W TDP
- System Memory – 2GB on-board DDR3 + 1x DDR3 SO-DIMM socket up to 8GB
- Storage – 32, 64 or 128GB eMMC flash + M.2 socket with optional 64 or 128GB SSD
- Display – 8″ IPS display with a 10-point capacitive panel; 1280×800 resolution
- Video Output – HDMI 1.4b port up to 4K @ 30 Hz, VGA
- Audio – 3.5mm audio jack, stereo speakers 1W/80 Ohm
- Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45)
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (single band) or dual band Bluetooth 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
- Bluetooth V4.0 + HS
- USB – 2x USB 3.0 ports, 2x USB 2.0 ports, USB 2.0/3.0 Type C port (not for power)
- Camera – Optional front panel camera
- Misc – Power LED, power key, optional RS232 port
- Power Supply – 12V to 19V up to 3.42A via 5.5/2.5 mm power barrel
- Battery – Optional 4,000 to 10,000 mAh 3.7/3.8V battery with up to 2A charge current
- Dimensions – 198 x 144 x 15-26 mm
- Weight – TBD
The company told me it supports both Windows 10 and “Ubuntu Linux”, but it’s not clear whether there will be an Ubuntu version sold at retail, or the user will have to install the operating system himself/herself.
While the product description above shows a VGA port, it does not look like one (with 3 rows of 5 pins), but instead it should be the optional RS232 port (DB9). Alternatively, it might also be possible that the VGA and RS232 are just mutually exclusive, so you can select the one you want. If your model comes with VGA, it will support dual independent displays configuration. MiniPC DB also reported about the device, and managed to get a somewhat blurry picture of the motherboard, which still clearly shows the SO-DIMM socket.
The company did not provided pricing info, but MiniPC DB’s guys think it will cost around $350 to $450 depending on options. [Update: the company told me pricing would be in the $599 to $699 range]. You may find some more details on the product page.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
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