ECS LIVA Mini Box QC710 Desktop – A $219 Windows on Arm Developer Kit

The “Snapdragon QC710 Developer Kit” for Windows 10 on Arm app development was unveiled last May, and it’s now available for $219 on Microsoft Store as the “ECS LIVA Mini Box QC710 Desktop”. The developer kit can also be purchased at a discount for $197.10 by students, parents(!), teachers, and members of the military. I suppose this applies only to the US military and showing your Taliban membership card may not work.

The developer kit looks like a standard mini PC and features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Compute Platform (SC7180), 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC flash, HDMI output, 10/100M Ethernet and WiFi 5, and several USB ports.

ECS LIVA Mini Box QC710 DesktopECS LIVA Mini Box QC710 Desktop specifications:

  • SoC –  Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Compute Platform (SC7180) with octa-core Qualcomm Kryo 468 (2x Cortex-A76, 6x Cortex-A55) CPU @ up to 2.4 GHz, Adreno 618 GPU
  • System Memory – 4GB
  • Storage – 64GB eMMC flash, MicroSD card socket
  • Video & audio output – 1x HDMI port (Not 4K capable based on the Snapdragon 7c processor’s specs)
  • Networking
    • 10/100M Ethernet
    • WiFi 5 and Bluetooth
  • USB
    • 1x USB 3.2 Gen1 (5 Gbps) Type-A port
    • 1x USB 2.0 Type-A port
    • 1x USB Type-C port with support for USB PD
  • Power Supply – USB PD
  • Dimensions –  119.13 x 116.58 x 35.05 mm
  • Weight – 230 grams

Snapdragon 7c developer kitThe mini PC ships with Windows 10 Home, 64-bit, but XDA developer says it can also be upgraded to Windows 11. It’s not a native Arm development platform, meaning it’s not designed to build apps (as too slow), but instead, the development kit would typically be used to test apps developed and built on a more powerful (x86) machine.

Microsoft stresses this is a product meant for developers, not consumers, so you can’t get a refund if you don’t like the color or change your mind,  and I’d assume customer support may not be available unless the devkit does not work at all. I could not find information about the warranty.

Nevertheless, if you are interested in Windows on Arm app development, the ~$200 ECS LIVA Mini Box QC710 Desktop is probably the cheapest Windows Arm machine you can get your hands on.

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