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ECS launches World’s Smallest 4K Pocket PC ‘Liva Q’, latest addition to its Liva line of all-in-one mini-PCs

ECS launches World’s Smallest 4K Pocket PC ‘Liva Q’, latest addition to its Liva line of all-in-one mini-PCs

ECS announced the latest to its Liva line of all-in-one mini-PCs, Liva Q which is targeted for multimedia streaming and digital signage. The Liva Q’s unique selling point is its small size 7 x 7 x 3cm.

The Liva Q comes powered by either the quad-core Pentium N4200 or the dual-core Celeron N3350 processor. Both of these 7th-gen Atom SoCs (Apollo Lake) have identical connectivity. The other variables include either 2GB or 4GB of RAM (likely not expandable given the Liva Q’s size) and either 32GB or 64GB of built-in storage.

For general connectivity, the front of the Liva Q has one USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A and one USB 2.0 Type-A port. The left side has a microSD card slot that supports cards up to 128GB. On the networking front, the Liva Q has gigabit LAN (through an RJ45 jack on the back) and built-in AC Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1.

As an HTPC, the Liva Q’s most important aspect is multimedia connectivity. One port is present, and ECS took care to note that it’s 2.0, so HDCP 2.2 compliance isn’t a worry. Although Apollo Lake SoCs have no issues decoding 4K h.264/5 content, neither the N4200 nor the N3350 inherently support 2.0. Existing competitors that use these SoCs circumvent this restriction by using an internal DisplayPort to converter. The Liva Q can also be triggered to turn on and off through the port that supports -CEC.

The Liva line’s competitors include the Intel NUC, Gigabyte BRIX, and Zotac ZBox lines of products. ECS released scant details on the Liva Q’s availability. We know that it doesn’t include a Windows 10 license, but otherwise available hardware configurations and prices are unknown.

Technical Specifications:

SoC– Intel Celeron N3350
– Intel Pentium N4200
CPU– Dual-Core Up to 2.4 GHz (Celeron N3350)
– Quad-Core Up to 2.5 GHz (Pentium N4200)
iGPU– 12 EU (Celeron N3350)
– 18 EU (Pentium N4200)
OSUbuntu 16.04 LTS / Windows Compliant
RAM2GB or 4GB LPDDR4 (likely built-in)
HDD32GB or 64GB built-in eMMC
LANGigabit LAN
Wireless802.11ac + BT 4.1
Front I/O1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-A)
1X USB 2.0 (Type-A)
Side I/O1 x microSD (up to 128 GB)
Rear I/O1 x HDMI (2.0)
1 x LAN
1 x Kensington lock
Power UnitInput: AC 100-240V,Output: DC 1V / 3.42A
Dimension70 x 30 x 70mm (WxHxL)
VESABracket Included, supports 75 x 75 and 100 x 100mm

Credits: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/ecs-liva-q-aio-mini-pc,35914.html

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