The LIVA from Elite Group, or ECS as they are better known, is certainly one of the smallest devices that we have ever seen. It’s actually a PC KIT – i.e. it is not retailed as a fully functioning, ready to go PC, but as a kit from which you can make your own miniature PC – ECS describes six easy steps to construct the device. I guess one of the main advantages of selling the device in this way is that the cost of the OS is removed from the Bill of Materials, but more importantly, users get the chance to enjoy building the device itself. Watch Mobile Geeks get hands on:
According to ECS, the LIVA will be approximately $180 USD when it comes to market – at this stage it also looks like it will not come equipped with a Wireless/ Bluetooth M.2 module – although the M.2 slot does indeed support such module which can be purchased and installed by he user. The device is available in black and white and supports dual screens however, which makes me very tempted to see this little guy as a portable and affordable media center for students etc.
The key to the LIVA’s really small footprint its low powered Bay Trail-M SoC, which arrives in the form of an Intel Celeron N2807. With a power draw of only 4.3 watts for the processor, the whole device can actually be powered by a USB power bank, with a regular 5V 3A USB power adapter bundled with the LIVA as its main power source. This should not be too surprising however as similar Bay Trail architecture system-on-chips also power many of the tablets and other mobile devices we have seen of late.
The LIVA is 100% fanless, needing only a heatsink on the board to dissipate heat from the SoC, on board memory and eMMC Flash storage. In terms of RAM you are getting 2GB of DDR3L accompanied by 32GB of internal storage. The only draw back is that none of it is upgradable, should your geeky urges desire more than you get out of the box. The LIVA has one USB 2.0 port, one USB 3.0 port, a VGA (D-Sub) video out, a HDMI port and a Gigabit Ethernet port – not bad at all for a wee device. There’s also a mini USB port from which the device gets its power.