One of the smallest Intel mini PC we’ve seen so far was ECS LIVA Q2 Micro PC which Ian reviewed last year with an Intel Celeron N4000 Gemini Lake processor, 4GB RAM, and 32GB eMMC flash housed into a 70 x 70 x 33.4 mm (163.66 cm3) enclosure.
CHUWI LarkBox is a similar mini PC with an Intel Celeron N4100 SoC, 6GB RAM, 128GB, and various ports into a 61 x 61 x 43 mm enclosure, that’s a bit taller but marginally smaller with a volume of 160 cm3.
CHUWI LarkBox (preliminary) specifications:
- SoC – Intel Celeron N4100 quad-core Gemini Lake processor @ 1.1 / 2.4 GHz with Intel UHD Graphics 600; 6W TDP
- System Memory – 6GB LPDDR4
- Storage – 128GB eMMC storage, MicroSD card slot
- Video Output – HDMI up to 4K resolutions
- Audio – 3.5mm audio jack, digital audio via HDMI
- Connectivity – Bluetooth 5.0, and I suppose 802.11ac WiFi 5
- USB – 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB Type-C port
- Misc – Power button
- Power Supply – TBD via USB-C port
- Dimensions – 61 x 61 x 43 mm
At this size, passive cooling is challenging, and just like ECS LIVA Q2, CHUWI LarkBox mini PC includes “an ultra-silence [sic] cooling fan”.
There’s no word about the operating system, but I’m pretty sure CHUWI will ship the computer with Windows 10 Home 64-bit. But if you’d been reading Linuxium reviews about Gemini Lake mini PCs you’ll know those can also run Ubuntu 18.04 and other Linux distributions fairly well. 4K video playback in Kodi and YouTube does work, but usually a bit better in Windows where results also vary depending on your web browser and video codec.
The company is just teasing people right now, so the mini PC has not been released nor its price, but the company has started a global giveaway where it plans to send a LarkBox to four randomly selected winners.
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.