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Zotac announces tiny ZBox PI320 Pico

Zotac announces tiny ZBox PI320 Pico

The Zotac ZBox PI320 Pico packs an Intel Atom quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage pre-loaded with Windows 8.1 into a pocket-sized passively-cooled chassis.

Zotac has announced its smallest ZBox micro-PC yet, a tiny pocket-sized system based around Intel's Atom Z3735F quad-core processor, dubbed the ZBox PI320 Pico.

Zotac has been selling its ZBox bare-bones and pre-configured miniature PCs for some time, but the new Pico model easily outdoes its predecessor when it comes to compactness. Measuring just 115.5mm wide by 66mm deep and a svelte 19.2mm tall, Zotac claims the Zbox PI320 Pico is around the same size as an overly-chunky smartphone - and can easily be shoved in a pocket for taking from location to location.

'Zotac is a major innovator when it comes to miniaturising the traditional PC. We began our push towards smaller and smaller mini-PCs with the Zbox Nano form factor and followed up with the Zbox Nano XS,' explained Tony Wong, Zotac chief executive, at the launch. 'Now with the all-new Zbox PI320 pico, we have created our smallest mini-PC that can fit in your pocket.'

The heart of the Zbox PI320 Pico is an Intel Bay Trail Atom Z3735F quad-core processor running at 1.33GHz with a 1.83GHz burst speed and integrated Intel HD graphics driving a single HDMI video output. The system is sold as a pre-built ready-to-run system, with 2GB of DDR3L memory and 32GB of internal storage pre-loaded with Windows 8.1 with Bing as its operating system. Memory expansion is not possible, unfortunately, although the system offers a micro-SD card slot for up to 128GB of additional storage and three USB 2.0 ports for external devices. The Zbox also features a 10/100 Ethernet connection and built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless connectivity.

Impressively, Zotac has managed to build the system so that it is entirely passively cooled - which, coupled with its solid-state storage, means the system is silent in usage. UK pricing has yet to be confirmed, with more details available on Zotac's official product page.

UPDATE:
Zotac has now confirmed that the ZBox PI320 Pico will launch in the UK with a recommended retail price of £159.99.

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jrs77 28th August 2014, 11:55 Quote
Well, it does fit into a box as small as a smartphone, as the components used are basically what you'll find in a smartphone aswell.

Anyways, if the pricing is right, this could actually be a nice little HTPC. All that's needed is drivers to run OpenELEC.
Nexxo 28th August 2014, 12:17 Quote
Microsoft needs to see the light and create a dedicated light-weight Windows Media Centre OS that runs on both x86 and ARM CPUs.
jrs77 28th August 2014, 12:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nexxo
Microsoft needs to see the light and create a dedicated light-weight Windows Media Centre OS that runs on both x86 and ARM CPUs.

They could take WinPhone as a starting-point actually. They wouldn't even need to do much, as it has all the stuff needed to use it as a Mediaplayer OS. They could even throw out alot of stuff not neede for a HTPC OS.

Heck... OpenELEC is only 150MB.
goldstar0011 28th August 2014, 12:53 Quote
But MS would charge for it whereas XBMC and Plex are free and do a great job
Corky42 28th August 2014, 13:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nexxo
Microsoft needs to see the light and create a dedicated light-weight Windows Media Centre OS that runs on both x86 and ARM CPUs.

Light-weight and Microsoft don't belong in the same sentence. :)
maverik-sg1 28th August 2014, 15:28 Quote
I do like where this is going, it probably has half as much ram and storage as I would like to see personally and I'd like to see how that processor handles things whilst running full fat 8.1 OS - but it could be a very tidy SMART conversion to any HDMI TV, price of course will be a major contributing factor to the success of such products.
ChaosDefinesOrder 28th August 2014, 15:56 Quote
Looks like a good candidate for a Steam Streamer and basic media player to me, assuming price is right. Needs to be less than £200 to get me to consider it, though...
Nexxo 28th August 2014, 17:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by Corky42
Light-weight and Microsoft don't belong in the same sentence. :)

True... true...
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Originally Posted by goldstar0011
But MS would charge for it whereas XBMC and Plex are free and do a great job

XBMC is great, even though AFAIK it doesn't pause/rewind live TV. Plex lacks TV tuner support. Most media devices on the market actually fall down there --no TV tuners.
Andy Mc 28th August 2014, 17:23 Quote
WANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Corky42 28th August 2014, 17:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by ChaosDefinesOrder
Looks like a good candidate for a Steam Streamer and basic media player to me, assuming price is right. Needs to be less than £200 to get me to consider it, though...

From what i read it's going to be priced around $199

For those interested Zotac have made a short video...

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BLC 28th August 2014, 17:58 Quote
This is the second thing today that has made me think "wantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwant" (this being the first). Could be absolutely ideal for a general-purpose desktop machine. Although if this Liliputing report is correct then it'll need to be priced very competitively indeed.
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Originally Posted by Nexxo
XBMC is great, even though AFAIK it doesn't pause/rewind live TV. Plex lacks TV tuner support. Most media devices on the market actually fall down there --no TV tuners.

According to the wiki it can be done, if it's set up with the correct back-end server http://wiki.xbmc.org/?title=PVR. Who needs actual broadcast TV anyway? News can be watched live with iPlayer and most free-to-air broadcasters have their own catchup services :).

Where XBMC (and others) fall down for me is in support for VOD streaming services like Netflix - there's no reliable solution (at least that I've found so far) which retains all the metadata and a nice 10-foot UI. This is why I got a Roku 3 backed by a Plex server.
MrJay 28th August 2014, 20:06 Quote
Do want! I've still yet to find a decent tiny PC....

NUC's are ok but a bit steep once you have kitted them out.
jrs77 28th August 2014, 20:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by BLC
Who needs actual broadcast TV anyway? News can be watched live with iPlayer and most free-to-air broadcasters have their own catchup services.

I need DVB S2 to watch foreign TV for example, and stuff like F1 isn't otherwise possible to watch live and free of charge.
BLC 28th August 2014, 21:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by jrs77
I need DVB S2 to watch foreign TV for example, and stuff like F1 isn't otherwise possible to watch live and free of charge.

I wish we had live F1 free of charge over here; the BBC only gets half of the races live.
jrs77 28th August 2014, 21:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by BLC
I wish we had live F1 free of charge over here; the BBC only gets half of the races live.

That's why I have a sattelite dish to watch german television, where they broadcasts all races and even the friday practices live and free of charge. It's basically the only thing I watch on TV :p
Gareth Halfacree 3rd September 2014, 15:25 Quote
Finally got a response from Zotac's PR: UK RRP will be £159.99 inc VAT.
BLC 3rd September 2014, 17:10 Quote
Cheers Mr H, not as bad as I thought it would be.
ChaosDefinesOrder 8th September 2014, 17:32 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
Finally got a response from Zotac's PR: UK RRP will be £159.99 inc VAT.

Only a £12 markup on $ to £ +20% then based on XE.com. Not too bad relatively speaking...

Edit: above based on $199 RRP according to Corky42 and echoed elsewhere on t'interwebs
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