Tiny Apollo Lake mini PCs are coming soon
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White box Chinese OEMs and startups have been making ultra-mobile PCs (UMPCs) for the past couple of years. The designs, such as the Gole1, typically used a low power Cherry Trail Atom chip (like the x5), 32GB eMMC storage, and 2 or 4GB of RAM. Sometimes equipped with touchscreens, they were a bit of an oddity that fell into the category of "because we can". It seems that these concept UMPCs are here to stay for now, as a slew of UMPCs with Apollo Lake and other upgrades will be shipping later this year.
One such device, EC Technology's ECDREAM EC-V26, will pack a quad-core Apollo Lake SoC Celeron N4600 CPU, 8GB of RAM, 128GB eMMC, and even an m.2 slot. This device will also pack a 10,000mAh battery, which should let it be used as a tablet for a few hours (or more if hooked up to a TV). In addition to the usual USB A/C ports and Gigabit ethernet, the EC-V26 will have VGA and HDMI ports to allow it to power dual monitor setups. Also unusual for such a device is the user-upgradable SO-DIMM slot.
The ECDREAM V26 should be out within a month and will sell for around US$450, so if you're interested in finding uses for strange little UMPC devices, keep an eye open.