ECS's new mini PC sports a 64-bit Bay Trail SoC

— 10:44 AM on December 10, 2014

A new Bay Trail mini PC has quietly appeared online. FanlessTech spotted the product page for ECS's Liva X, which puts a Bay Trail SoC inside a compact 5.3" x 3.3" x 1.6" chassis.

Source: ECS

The exploded system shot shows a beefy heatsink devoid of fans. ECS doesn't specify which processor is under the hood, but it does say the machine offers "64-bit dual-core performance up to 2.25 GHz." The only Bay Trail SoC matching that description is the Celeron N2808.

Versions of the Liva X will be available with 2-4GB of RAM and 32-64GB of eMMC flash. Additional storage can be added via the internal mSATA slot, but there's no room for a mechanical drive.

A trio of USB ports provides peripheral connectivity, while HDMI and VGA ports cover video output. Wireless options include 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. Gigabit Ethernet is also included, giving the Liva intriguing potential as a client for Steam's in-home game streaming.

ECS's current Liva mini PCs are pretty affordable, so I'd expect the X variant to follow suit. The apparent lack of a quad-core version is disappointing, though. I'd happily pay a little extra—and live with a slightly larger chassis and heatsink—to get a Bay Trail quad like the Celeron N2940.

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