Intel announced Core-Y series “Amber Lake” processors last August. The new 5W SoC are designed for laptops and 2-in-1 hybrids with built-in Gigabit WiFi, and optional LTE cellular connectivity. But that does not mean they cannot be used in other form factors, and Zotac is showcasing their tiny ZBOX Pico PI470 mini PC powered by Intel Core i7-8500Y dual core / quad thread processor at CES 2019.
Zotac Pico PI470 specifications:
- SoC – Intel Core i7-8500Y dual core quad thread Amber Lake-Y processor clocked at 1.5 GHz (base) / 4.2 GHz (turbo) with 4MB cache, Intel HD Graphics 615; 5W TDP
- System Memory – 4GB LPDDR3 memory
- Storage – 32GB eMMC storage, micro SD/SDHC/SDXC card reader
- Video Output – HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2
- Audio – HDMI audio output, 3.5mm headphone jack
- Networking & Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac WiFi 5, Bluetooth 5
- USB – 3x USB 3.0 ports including 1x USB type-C port
- Misc – Power button
- Power Supply – Via power barrel jack
- Dimensions – Pocket-sized
The fanless mini PC runs Windows 10 Home 64-bit, and ships with mounting system – likely compatible with VESA standard – to mount the mini PC to the back of your display.
To get a rough performance idea, I’ve compared Pentium Silver N5000 quad core Gemini Lake processor with Core i7-8500Y, and the latter is about 50% faster in Passmark CPU Mark.
The photos above and video below were shot by Brad Linder of Liliputing who came accross the computer at CES 2019.
It’s a little too early to have availability or price information, but I’d expect it to be above $300 considering One Mix 2S Yoga “Pocket” laptop based on the same processor but with more memory, storage, a display and keyboard goes for about $670.
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.