The Quanta NH2 is one of the first PC-on-a-stick computers to feature an Intel Atom Cherry Trail processor. We first learned about the NH2 last month, and now it looks like it could be coming to America.
Documentation for a device called the Quanta Smart Stick QCI-NH2 showed up at the FCC website this week.
The FCC listing doesn’t provide many new details about the tiny computer, other than the model number and the fact that it uses a 5V, 3A power source and has a built-in 35 mAh Li-ion battery for low-level functions.
We already knew the stick would feature an Intel Atom x5-Z8300 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, between 16GB and 64GB of storage, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, a USB port, and an HDMI connector that lets you plug the stick directly into a port on your TV or monitor.
There’s also a microSD card slot, a power button and a status LED. The system supports Windows 10.
The Quanta NH2 measures about 3.9″ x 1.5″ x 0.4″, making it just about the same size as an Intel Compute Stick. The key differences are that Intel’s Compute Stick is currently only available with a Bay Trail processor and only supports USB 2.0, while the Quanta NH2 can be configured with USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 ports.
There’s no word on how much the Quanta NH2 will cost, or even what it will be called if and when it goes on sale in the US. Quanta is a Taiwanese equipment manufacturer that tends to make hardware that’s sold by other companies under their own brand names.
Quanta, which is an ODM, have confirmed that they are not selling direct but through ‘brand customers’ to whom they will start shipping to at the end of November with an expected product launch to the market in December.
My guess is it will be the ASUS VivoStick PC TS10 given Quanta’s involvement in the ASUS QM1 device.
4GB ram with 64GB storage would have been a winner. So close, maybe next year.
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