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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