Ahead of the Computex show in Taiwan this week, ECS announced it would be showing off a mini PC called the LIVA Pro, featuring a socketed mini STX motherboard that allows you to upgrade or replace the processor.
But it turns out that’s not the only new LIVA mini PC on display at Computex this week.
There’s also a model sporting an Intel Apollo Lake processor and several other systems including an ECS LIVA One vPro with support for Intel Skylake chips featuring Intel’s vPro technology.
The new LIVA Z seems to be one of the first desktops powered by an Intel Apollo Lake processor. ECS says the small form-factor computer will be available with Celeron or Pentium chips based on Intel’s next-gen low-power processor architecture.
Apollo Lake is basically a replacement for the Braswell chips that are found in many of today’s low-cost laptops, including the Celeron N3060 and N3160, Pentium N3710.
They’re expected to offer better performance while reducing power consumption, and now that Intel has canceled its next-gen Atom chips, Apollo Lake processors will be the cheapest, lowest-power desktop/notebook/tablet processors in the company’s lineup when they launch later this year (unless you count the 2015-era Intel Atom Cherry Trail chips, which the company will continue to offer for a while).
In addition to its Apollo Lake processor, the LIVA Z on display at Computex has 2 DDR3 SODIMM slots for memory, support for up to 64GB of eMMC storage plus an M.2 slot for a solid state drive, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, and mic and headphone jacks, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, three USB 3.0 ports, and a USB 3.0 Type-C port.
As for the new LIVA One vPro, it’s a bit larger and has room for a 2.5 inch drive, six USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, DisplayPort, HDMI, and VGA ports, and support for 35 watt Intel Skylake processors. There’s also an optional optical disc drive that connects to the top/side of the case.
The upgradeable ECS Liva Pro, meanwhile, was developed in partnership with PC case maker Silverstone.
It features a custom-designed aluminum case housing a mini STX motherboard with an LGA1151 socket with support for up to a 65 watt Intel Skylake processor.
There are two DDR4 SODIMM slots, support for both a 2.5 inch drive and M.2 SSD, HDMI and DisplayPort, four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, 802.11ac WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0.