UMPC's are getting popular again - ECDREAM V26 will even have an Intel Apollo Lake SoC
I mentioned in a previous article that 2017 could be the year when UMPC's are coming back and it looks like more proof is under way.
Looks like there's one more tablet/Mini PC combo on the works and this one is looking quite good on paper, with an Intel Apollo Lake SoC (14nm,Quad-cores/4 threads,1MB L2, N3350/N3450/N4200,Up to 2.6GHz) and Intel Gen 9 Graphics(DX 12, OpenGL 4.3, OpenCL 2.0, 4K Full HD Decode/Encode with HW acceleration).
This new UMPC will have (up to) 8GB of RAM, (up to) 128 GB eMMC and an M.2 slot for another 128GB, Gigabit Ethernet, built-in battery up to 10000 mAh, USB 3.0, 2.0 and Type-C, and the list goes on.
Shenzhen EC Technology Co.,Ltd will launch this device in about a month under their brand ECDREAM and most likely the SoC will be an N3450 for the main version.
ECDREAM EC-V26 Mini PC full specs
- CPU: (up to) Intel® Pentium® Processor N4200 (quad core, 2M Cache, up to 2.5 GHz)
- GPU: Intel® HD Graphics 505
- RAM: 8GB DDR3
- ROM: 128GB eMMC, up to 128 GB M.2 SSD
- LAN: 10/100/1000
- WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n (2.4G) or 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac(2.4G and 5G)
- USB: 2 x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, 1x USB type C
- Screen: IPS, 8 inch, 800x1280
- Audio/Video: mini-HDMI 1.4, VGA, Headphone Jack
- Other: front camera, Bluetooth 4.0, several upgrade options
- OS: Windows 10, Ubuntu
ECDREAM EC-V26 details
It's interesting that folks at ECDREAM included an VGA port instead of a DisplayPort, which will make those old LCD monitors be usable with the new device, along with any TV and monitor with HDMI.
The specs mention that there might be an SO-DIMM slot(DDR3, Up to 8GB), which could mean that you could get a device with 4GB soldered on the board and add 4GB later.
The M.2 SSD slot is a nice touch also.
The VGA and HDMI ports can be used to get a dual-monitor setup... but just with the built-in screen (not VGA+HDMI at the same time).
Here's how the PCB for the Intel Apollo Lake mini PC looks like (yes, not the best photo ever done).
There's even a video of a prototype - see below:
ECDREAM EC-V26 vs. Ockel Sirius A Pro
The ECDREAM device is clearly positioned as a competitor to the Ockel Sirius A Mini PC that raised around $500.000 on IndieGogo, so let's take a quick side-by-side look at their best versions:
|ECDREAM EC-V26||Ockel Sirius A (Pro)|
|SoC||Intel Apollo Lake N4200||Intel Atom x5-Z8750|
|RAM||8GB DDR3||8GB DDR3|
|ROM||128GB eMMC + 64/128 GB via M.2 slot||128GB eMMC|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 b/g/n (2.4G) or 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac(2.4G and 5G)||Intel 3165, Bluetooth 4.2 + WiFi AC|
|Display||8 inch, IPS, 800x1280||6 inch, IPS, 1920x1080|
|USB 2.0||2 ports||none|
|USB 3.0||2 ports||2 ports|
|USB Type-C||1 port||1 port|
|HDMI 1.4||1 port||1 port|
|SD card||none||1x micro SDXC|
|Battery||4000-10000 mAh||3000 mAh|
|Size (cm)||19.8 x 14.4 x 1.5-2.6||19.86 X 13.6 X 2.7|
|OS||Windows 10 / Ubuntu||Windows 10 Pro (64 bit|
TL;DR : the best version of the ECDREAM V26 device will have a better (and newer) SoC, better ROM options, better battery, more USB ports for less money, while the Ockel device retains a better screen, DisplayPort and also has additional features (like the "keyboard mode").
You might have noticed that there are a lot of "up to"'s on the specs - the device seems to have several variations and we might see a slighthly different version when it will get on the shelves as the one from the article, but, as usual, we will keep you informed with follow-ups when new details will surface.
The retail price? I believe it to be somewhere between $350 and $450, which will be a fair price (the CPU alone is ~$160...) - we might even see this one on crowdfunding websites soon.