Zotac announces tiny ZBox PI320 Pico

August 28, 2014 // 11:31 a.m.

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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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