tech2 News StaffMay 22, 2014 14:01:52 IST
ZOTAC has an extensive portfolio of ZBOXes, which are small form factor PCs. We are used to seeing the ZBOX's rectangular design unchanged for years now, but that is about to change. ZOTAC has announced the ZBOX Sphere which comes in a spherical form factor, which is reminiscent of Google's discontinued Nexus Q.
Unlike the Nexus Q, the ZOTAC ZBOX Sphere OI520 houses a complete PC inside it. Just like the regular ZBOXes, the Sphere comes in the barebones and the Plus variants. The barebones ZBOX Sphere will have an Intel Core i5-4200U processor clocked at 1.6GHz. It comes with integrated Intel HD4400 graphics for people looking at entry level gaming. It offers two DDR3 SODIMM slots, an mSATA SSD and a 2.5-inch SATA drive. The ZOTAC ZBOX Sphere Plus will come with all of the above plus 4GB DDR3 RAM and a 500GB hard drive.
The ZOTAC ZBOX Sphere will sport an 802.11 'ac' Wi-Fi module as well as an Ethernet port. It will come with four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI port and a DisplayPort along with an audio and microphone jacks. The Sphere promises support for 4K displays as well.
“ZOTAC is expanding the ZBOX lineup to go beyond the traditional square form factor and the ZBOX Sphere is our first design concept that we’re putting into production,” said Carsten Berger, senior director, ZOTAC International. “The new ZBOX Sphere form factor is also one of our easiest to customize too, the top twists off for tool-less upgrades.”
The ZBOX Sphere is expected to be selling at $399 (approx Rs 23,400) for the barebones model and $499 (approx Rs 29,240) for the Plus model. We're yet to get a confirmation from ZOTAC if the Sphere will land on our shores sometime in the future.