Meet Sparo, the 2 inch mini PC - soon to be announced on Indiegogo
Every once in a while we get some exclusive news about Mini PC's that are going to be released - here's a new one!
Ricisung (Shenzhen RiCiSung Technology Co., Ltd) is about to start a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo for their new Mini PC's - Sparo.
Sparo is a new product line that features tiny cube-shaped Mini PC's with aluminum casing and minimalistic connectivity (not that you could have added more ports on the tiny devices anyway).
They are crafted from aviation-grade aluminum at Foxconn and they are one of the smallest Windows 10 Mini PC's at just 62mm/2.4'' and 51mm/2'' respectively.
Sparo R236 is the biggest of the two ("big" is a relative term, this Mini PC has only 2.4 inches on each side).
Using a BayTrail Z3735F SoC, Sparo R236 has a full-sized USB 2.0 port.
Ricisung Sparo R236 gallery
Sparo R219 is the most powerful and also the smallest of the two - just 2''.
Powered by a quad core Intel CherryTrail Z8300 CPU with Intel® HD Graphics (200 MHz base, 500 Mhz burst frequency).
Comes with just two microUSB ports, one to power it up and one for data transfer and a miniHDMI port.
Ricisung Sparo R219 gallery
Side by side: Ricisung Sparo R236 vs Sparo R219
|Sparo R236||Sparo R219|
|SoC||Intel Bay Trail - Z3735F||Intel Cherry Trail - Z8300 T3|
|CPU||Quad core @ 1.33GHz (1.83GHz burst)||Quad-core @ 1.60GHz|
|GPU||Intel HD Graphics||Intel HD Graphics|
|RAM||2GB DDR3||2GB DDR3|
|ROM||32GB eMMC (64 GB version available)||32GB eMMC (64 GB version available)|
|OS||Windows 10||Windows 10|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 b/g/n||802.11 b/g/n|
|HDMI version||Mini HDMI, 1.4a||Mini HDMI, 1.4a|
|Connectivity||1 USB 2.0||1 micro USB|
|Other||5V/2.5A 5-pin micro USB||5V/2.5A 5-pin micro USB|
|Size||62mm x 62mm x 62mm (2.5'')||51mm x 51mm x 51mm (2'')|
You can connect a keyboard and mouse wirelessly via bluetooth, and external devices can be connected via an USB hub, but personally I would have liked to see one of the Sparo Mini PC's to have a better wi-fi chip and an USB 3.0 port.
Pricing is unknown at this time, but I've seen Sparo on Taobao for around $250. A version of the Sparo Mini PC was a few months ago on a Taobao crowdfunding campaign in two versions at ~$123 and ~$153 respectively.
[Update] - another version (Sparo R203) is now on BangGood for $212.
This article will be updated with new info as soon as we will hear back from RICI.