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LIVA Z2, LIVA Q2 & LIVA One SoC new Gemini Lake Mini PCs from ECS at CES 2018

At the end of November 2017, we wrote about a new Mini PC from ECS (Taiwanese manufacturer Elitegroup Computer System (ECS), global leading motherboard, Mini PC, Notebooks and mobile device manufacturer) called ECS LIVA Q, Pocket-sized 4K Mini PC powered by Apollo Lake processor. Already at that time, the information echoed in the Tech environment. However, the most interesting information and devices, ECS company showed at CES 2018ECS at CES 2018 showed new Mini PCs equipped with new Intel Gemini Lake processors also call them “ultra-compact form-factor” (UCFF)  PCs. New ECS LIVA Z2, LIVA Q2, and LIVA One SoC Gemini Lake Mini PCs that will definitely appeal to home users and will prove themselves in commercial solutions.

ECS Liva Q2


It is worth recalling that the family of new Gemini Lake processors will include: Pentium J5005, Pentium N5000 (both Silver series, first desktop, second mobile), Celeron N4100, Celeron N4000 (both mobile), Celeron J4105 and Celeron J4005 (both desktop). Below you will find the basic specification (it may still change) and photos of the new Gemini Lake Mini PCs from ECS (Elitegroup Computer System) that were shown at CES 2018.



LIVA Z2 mini PC will support Windows 10 as well as Linux distributions, and be available in May for $225 with 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, no OS, and $240 with Windows 10. LIVA Z2 specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Gemini Lake processor
  • Memory – 2x DDR4 SO-DIMM slots
  • Storage – 32 or 64GB eMMC flash, 1x 2.5″ SSD/HDD bay
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0 and HDMI 1.4 ports (dual HDMI)
  • Audio Output – Via HDMI, 3.5mm audio jack, digital microphone
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2
  • USB – 3x USB 3.0 ports, 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB 3.0 type C port
  • Misc – Power button, Kensington lock
  • Power Supply – 19V/3.42A
  • Dimensions – 117 x 128 x 51 mm




The ECS LIVA Q2, will be ready this March (for $164 with 4 GB RAM, 32 GB storage, no OS, and around $180 with Windows 10) and visually it will not be different from the previous LIVA Q model, it will also have a compact size. LIVA Q2 Specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Celeron N4000 dual-core Gemini Lake processor with 12EU UHD Graphics 600; 6W TDP
  • Memory – 2GB or 4GB LPDDR4
  • Storage – 32 or 64GB eMMC flash, micro SD slot up to 128 GB
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI 2.0
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1
  • USB – 1x USB 3.1 Gen port, 1x USB 2.0 port
  • Misc – Power button
  • Power Supply – 12V/2A
  • Dimensions – 70 x 70 x 33.4 mm

Liva Q2


LIVA one SoC

ECS says that the LIVA One SoC will be ready in April, but, at this point it seems to be work in progress. The company is yet to make a final decision on the front panel ports and a few other aspects. The ECS LIVA One SoC has only one SO-DIMM slot and cannot take advantage of Gemini Lake’s dual-channel memory sub-system. At the moment there is no information about the price. ECS LIVA One SoC Specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Pentium Silver J5005 or Celeron J4005/J4105 Gemini Lake processor with 12EU or 18EU UHD Graphics 600/605; 10W TDP
  • Memory – 1x DDR4 SO-DIMM slot
  • Storage – 2x 2.5″ SSD/HDD bays, 1x M.2 2242/2280 SSD slot
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0 + DisplayPort or HDMI 2.0 + D-Sub (VGA)
  • Audio Output – Via HDMI, 3.5mm headphone jack, 3.5mm microphone jack, and 3.5mm Line IN jack or S/DPIF
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2
  • USB – 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, 4x USB 2.0 ports (but brochure at CES 2018 shows 4x USB 3.1 Gen1, 2x USB 2.0).
  • Misc – Power button, COM port, 1x PS/2 keyboard + mouse port
  • Power Supply – 19V/3.16A
  • Dimensions – 199.4x 188.3 x 45 mm


Source: CNXSoft and Anandtech


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