Snapdragon Developer Kit from Qualcomm finally drops for just over $200
The ECS LIVA Mini Box QC710 lets developers test out their apps on Windows 10 on ARM.
What you need to know
- The Snapdragon Developer Kit from Qualcomm is now available.
- The device allows developers to test out the performance of apps on Windows 10 on ARM.
- The ECS LIVA Mini Box QC710 Desktop is available through the Microsoft Store for $219.
A new tool is available to help developers test out apps on Windows 10 on ARM. The ECS LIVA Mini Box QC710 is a developer kit that runs on a Snapdragon 7c processor. With a price tag of just $219, it's an affordable way for developers to ensure that their apps are compatible with Windows 10 on ARM.
Since the developer kit only runs on a Snapdragon 7c processor, it's only intended for app compatibility testing. Any actual development of apps will likely have to be done on more powerful hardware.
The ECS LIVA Mini Box QC710 features a Snapdragon 7c, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. For connectivity, it has a microSD card slot, and USB 2.0, HDMI, USB 3.2 Gen 1, and USB Type-C ports. It also supports Bluetooth.
While the device ships with Windows 10 Home, its product listing mentions Windows 11. It appears to meet the minimum requirements of the new operating system, so developers should be able to upgrade it to Windows 11.
At just $219, the ECS LIVA Mini Box QC710 is much more affordable than Windows 10 on ARM devices like the Surface Pro X. Of course, it's not intended to compete with more powerful consumer PCs. If a developer just wants to test compatibility, a kit like the ECS LIVA Mini Box QC710 is the cheapest way to do so.
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Will see how it performs / work when I get it. Really looking forward to this mini-desktop.
I disconnected the HP i3 desktop in the study and connected all those cables and wires to this little thing. Our 3 kids and wife used it not knowing. (They do lite computing on it for school, social media, programing plus browser-based activities). Yesterday I showed them what desktop they have been using and they could not believe it. No lag, smooth and interestingly they were able to do everything they normally do on intel and or AMD desktops including apps they typically run. Got zero call of anything going wrong. I asked about slowdowns performance or anything else, they noticed nothing and thought they were using the HP 13 desktop
(FYI: I updated it to Win 11 from Win10 and I'll tell you right now, for me, Win-10 sucks on WoA compared to win-11. I also, pre-configured all their accounts ahead of their use. All they did was log-on. We all use Office 365 for family and Edge synchronized to all our individual profiles) Couple of our kids have not heard of WoA and they saw no difference versus what they do on their SP laptops which were M3 and i3.
Please note, Neither I nor the kids ran any intensive games which we all do with all the consoles we have and 1 gaming rig that is Ryzen / NVIDIA GPU