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