Announced back in May (opens in new tab), the ECS LIVA QC710 mini desktop PC based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c (opens in new tab) is now available on the Microsoft Store (opens in new tab). Via CNX Software.
Described as a ‘developer kit’, the mini PC, which runs Windows 10 Home for Arm but can be upgraded to Windows 11 (opens in new tab), appears to be US-only and sells for $219, though students, parents, teachers and the military can get this down to $197.10. No refunds are available, however, if you don’t like it as this is more of an app test device than general consumer tech.
More of a development testbed than anything you’d actually want to develop apps on, the QC710 has a very low spec, with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and just a few ports (Ethernet 10/100, micro SD, 1x HDMI, 1x USB 2, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, and a Type-C for power) alongside Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth. It’s pitched toward silent operating and instant-on operation rather than extreme processing power. It’s pretty small, at 1.38 x 4.69 x 4.59 in (35.05 x 119.13 x 116.58 mm) and weighs just 0.51lb (0.23kg). For comparison, the M1 Mac Mini measures 7.7 inches on each side and is 1.4 inches thick, and weighs 2.9lbs.
The Snapdragon 7c is an 8nm chip with eight 64bit cores running at up to 2.4GHz, enough GPU to power 4K HDR video, and a built-in LTE modem. A Gen2 version (opens in new tab) with better clock speeds (2.55GHz) and faster memory controller was announced in May, but it’s not entirely clear which version is powering this devkit. The Snapdragon 8c, offering 3.15GHz and a better GPU on a 7nm process, is also available.