Chuwi (opens in new tab) has revealed the pricing and specifications for the LarkBox, touted as the world's smallest PC. The LarkBox lives inside a 0.6-liter PC case (opens in new tab) that measures 2.4 x 2.4 x 1.7 inches (61 x 61 x 43mm). Chuwi compares the mini PC to the size of a lemon, and it weighs just 4.5 ounces (127g).
Despite its diminutive size, the LarkBox comes with a tiny cooling fan that actively cools the device's internals.
Although Chuwi previously teased the LarkBox (opens in new tab) with a Celeron N4100 (Gemini Lake) processor, but it's instead launching with the more powerful Celeron J4115 chip. The Celeron J4115 (Gemini Lake Refresh) still retains the four-core (opens in new tab), four-thread (opens in new tab) configuration as the Celeron N4100 but is faster. The Celeron N4100 comes with a 1.1 GHz base clock (opens in new tab) and 2.4 GHz boost clock. The Celeron J4115, on the other hand, ticks with a 1.8 GHz base clock and 2.5 GHz boost clock. Chuwi estimates a performance uplift of up to 15% with the new chip.
The LarkBox utilizes 6GB of LPDDR4 memory and was slated to have 128GB of storage. However, Chuwi has upgraded the LarkBox with a M.2 2242 SSD (opens in new tab) slot to support up to 1TB. It's a welcomed upgrade, since it would open the door to installing more applications and storing more information than just the operating system. There's also a microSD card reader for storage expansion.
Although the LarkBox isn't a gaming PC (opens in new tab), it can drive resolutions up to 4K without much hassle. Since Intel doesn't list the Celeron J4115 in its ARK product database, we don't know much about iGPU. The previous Celeron J4105 rocks the UHD Graphics 600 solution with up to 12 Execution Units (EUs) and clock speed spanning from 250 MHz to 750 MHz. The iGPU not only outputs at a 4K but does so at a 60 Hz refresh rate.
For connectivity, the LarkBox provides two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, one USB Type-C port, one HDMI port and a 3.5mm headphone jack, plus Bluetooth 5.0 support. Chuwi doesn't mention it, but we expect the LarkBox to come with Wi-Fi 5 connectivity.
The Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign (opens in new tab) for the LarkBox launches on June 23. The retail price for the LarkBox is $199, but early backers can snag it for just $169. If you subscribe to Chuwi's newsletter (opens in new tab), you'll receive a 25% discount.
https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Celeron+J4115+@+1.80GHz&id=3679 These are much slower than their desktop cores, although the next-gen Tremont cores are a lot better.
Heh, the more I know, I thought they're exclusively 2-cores affair
Like I said, the next wave of low-power cores from Intel (i.e. Tremont) should be much more interesting.