Taiwan based ECS announced several Apollo Lake mini PCs in the past such as Liva Z /ZE based on Intel Celeron N3350/N3450 or Pentium N4200 processor.
The company has now launched a new Apollo Lake model. LIVE Q is powered by either Intel Pentium N4200 quad core processor, or Intel Celeron N3350 dual core processor, fitted with 2 to 4GB RAM, and the company claims it’s the world’s smallest “4K pocket computer”.
- Intel Apollo Lake Pentium N4200 quad core processor @ 1.1 / 2.5 GHz with 18EU Intel HD graphics; 6W TDP
- Intel Apollo Lake Celeron N3350 dual core processor @ 1.1 / 2.4 GHz with 12EU Intel HD graphics; 6W TDP
- Memory – 2GB/4GB LPDDR4
- Storage – 32 or 64GB eMMC flash, micro SD slot up to 128GB
- Video Output – HDMI 2.0 up to 4K @ 60 Hz
- Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, Intel WiFi 802.11ac & Bluetooth 4.1
- USB – 1x USB 3.1 Gen1 port, 1x USB 2.0 port
- Misc – Kensington lock support
- Power Supply – Input: AC 100-240V,Output: DC 12V / 2A
- Dimensions – 70 x 70 x 31.4 mm
- Weight – 260g
The mini PC supports Windows 10 64-bit, or Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, but the company recommends Windows since they do not provide technical support for other operating systems. The devices will ship with a power adapter, one VESA bracket with 6 screws, and a Quick Guide & Driver DVD. Liva Q is clearly tiny, but is it the smallest 4K mini PC? It depends. If we only count the area (70x70mm), and exclude “Android mini PCs” then maybe, but if instead we consider the volume, then most likely not, as many TV sticks have a smaller volume.
Pricing and availability information is unknown at this point, but eventually we should get more information, and photos 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.
4 Replies to “ECS LIVA Q Could Be The World’s Smallest 4K mini PC”
N4200 is least used Apollo CPU (maybe because it’s most expensive and offer only +100MHz and more GPU execution units), and same might happen to Gemini Lake top mobile CPU, N5000.
Gemini Lake CPUs:
N4000 (Celeron, dual core)
N4100 (Celeron, dual core)
N5000 (Pentium, quad core)
Difference with Gemini Lake compared to Apollo Lake is that there will be only 1 quad core mobile CPU, and rest 2 are dual core, Apollo lake had 2 quad core processors and 1 dual core.
This time Intel try make bigger difference, and try selling top CPU more with quad core, I’m sure that N5000 interest more than N4200 did last year (very minor difference with N3450, and N3450 way cheaper)
No, sorry +300MHz difference :/ but still, pretty minor upgrade.
N3450 is very used on cheaper chinese laptops, so I think (and hope) they will start produce laptops with N5000 (quad core) and not with dual core ones!
The N4200 is a quad core cpu, which is why it is more expensive.