ECS has unveiled the second generation of its Liva branded mini PCs. Externally, the computer is a small square with sides of 7.5 cm and fits in one hand, but in terms of its capabilities it is able to compete with a regular-sized entry-level system unit. To do this, Liva Q1 has all the main specifications, Intel Apollo Lake hardware system, a set of wired and wireless interfaces.
The manufacturer did not indicate the cost of the nettop and the timing of its launch on the market, but announced the availability of two versions of the device in different trim levels. The two modifications of the computer are outwardly similar and have the same parameters. At the same time, compact PCs differ only in variations of the built-in interfaces. The Q1L version received a pair of Ethernet connectors and an HDMI port, while the Q1D version is equipped with a DisplayPort solution instead of one of the Ethernet interfaces.
All modifications of mini PCs are based on the Intel Apollo Lake platform, which is based on one of three chips: Celeron N3350, N3450 and Pentium N4200. All these processors are united by 14nm production technology and release year (2016). Liva Q1 supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 wireless standards; for wired solutions, the device has a pair of USB 3.1 and USB 2.0 ports in the singular.
According to the manufacturer, the compact computer supports the Windows 10 operating platform, but it is not known whether the system comes immediately in the kit or if it needs to be additionally installed. The company did not provide information on the possibility of Linux support.
The computer has LPDDR4 class RAM for smartphones and tablets. Its volumes are 2 or 4 GB. The internal storage is presented in the form of a standard eMMC flash card, and the possibility of using microSD up to 128 GB is also provided. Support for standard SATA drives is not possible due to the small size of the device.
This is not the first time ECS has released Liva mini-computers of this format. Two years earlier, the manufacturer showed the first Liva Q device - the predecessor of the current versions. He had one of two Intel processors at his disposal, the physical parameters and the amount of memory were similar to those of the 2020 models, while, unlike them, the two-year-old computer did not receive a single Ethernet port and had only one USB 3.1 interface.
The Topic of Article: ECS has released a mini-computer as an analogue of a standard system unit.