Over the past few years a group of Chinese manufacturers that had been making Android-powered TV boxes with ARM-based chips have started offering small, cheap Windows PCs powered by Intel chips.

Then things took a turn for the weird in 2015, when some companies started adding touchscreens and batteries, blurring the lines between TV boxes, tiny desktops and tablets.

Now it’s time for the 2017 refresh.

Mini PC DB got the scoop on a new all-in-one mini PC with an 8 inch touchscreen display, Windows 10 software (or Ubuntu Linux), and an Intel Apollo Lake low-power processor.

This particular model is coming from Shenzhen EC Technology and it’ll likely be sold under the company’s ECDREAM brand. But I suspect we’ll see a bunch of similar computers with Apollo Lake chips in the near future, because when one Chinese manufacturer does this, it usually means a bunch of others are already working on something similar.

The ECDREAM model will reportedly be available with a choice of Intel Celeron N3350, Celeron N3450, or Pentium N4200 processors. Each model features Intel HD graphics with support for 4K video playback.

Other features include support for up to 8GB of RAM, up to 128GB og eMMC and/or up to 128GB of M.2 SSD storage, Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI and VGA output, and five USB ports (one USB Type-C, two USB 3.0, and two USB 2.0).

The display features a 1280 x 800 pixel IPS panel, and the system features a 10,000 mAh battery, which should let you unplug the computer and keep using it for at least a few hours at a time.

According to Mini PC DB, the ECDREAM computer should be available in about a month for around $450.

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14 replies on “Apollo lake touchscreen mini PCs are coming soon”

  1. It looks like a small computer or perhaps a fat tablet computer? I think it has potential. I wonder if one could install different operating systems on it?

  2. Brad, your ECDREAM link is coming up as malware on Firefox. Fortunately my browser stopped the webpage from loading so (as far as I can tell) no damage was done but you might wish to find a different reseller to link to selling the ECDREAM device.

    1. Confirming re: the bitly link leading to aliexpress…

      The link you requested has been identified by bitly as being potentially problematic. This could be because a bitly user has reported a problem, a black-list service reported a problem, because the link has been shortened more than once, or because we have detected potentially malicious content.
      ….
      bitly suggests that you: (1) Change the original link, and re-shorten with bitly (2) Close your browser window (3) Notify the sender of the URL

      Also: Got a click-jacking attempt (noScript) when clicking on the “I’m not a robot”. First time it’s happened on this site (since the new changes).

      1. Whoops, I forgot that bit.ly has issues with AliExpress sometimes. I’m pretty sure they’re false positives.

        The click-jacking seems… odd. That’s a Google reCaptcha. I wonder if your browser extensions is identifying some other behavior as a click-jack, since it’s keeping an eye out for all sorts scripts.

        If you see the warning again, could you post the exact text of the message?

  3. At least this has a ram slot. Now if I could find a screen this size with hdmi input, fhd and reasonably priced, I would be happy.

  4. That $450 is pretty steep for something like this. Its essentially a bulky 8″ tablet with a few extra ports.

    1. I’ll have you know the OEM is saving up 20$ on a windows license by sticking a touch screen there!

      Winning!

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