Test apps on Windows ARM for just $219 with the Snapdragon Developer Kit

by Alexandru Poloboc
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  • Microsoft teamed with Qualcomm to launch a new Snapdragon Developer Kit for Windows 10 on ARM.
  • This great gadget is out now and already available for purchase from the Microsoft Store, for only $219.
  • It's said to be an ultra-compact, ultra-efficient computer built for most home and business applications.
  • Also, this is a great choice for creators that don't want to spend close to $1000 on a capable device.

If you remember, back at the 2021 Build conference, Microsoft partnered with Qualcomm to launch a new Snapdragon Developer Kit for Windows 10 on ARM.

The companies advertised it as an affordable option for developers, and the aim of this new product was to give app creators an easy way to test ARM-based programs on a Windows device.

This is actually a great deal, as for many this meant spending well over $1,000 for a dedicated tablet or laptop with ARM-based silicon, such as the Surface Pro X.

So, without any further ado, know that the gadget is now officially available, and you can find it on the Microsoft Store for $219.

The Snapdragon Developer Kit in on the Microsoft Store

Officially named the ECS LIVA Mini Box QC710 Desktop, it is said to be an ultra-compact, ultra-efficient computer built for a range of home and business applications.

If you are planning on buying one, keep in mind that Microsoft said that there are no refunds available for this product, while also mentioning that the device is meant for developers and not consumers.

And just in case you were wondering what makes the Qualcomm Snapdragon Developer Kit tick, know that it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Compute SC7180 processor.

Along with it come 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, and 64GB of eMMC Storage, for USB ports, there’s 1 USB Type-C (PD-Charging port), 1 USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A, 1 USB 2.0 Type-A, 1 HDMI, and 1 LAN (10/100.)

Software-wise, this gadget comes with Windows 10 Home preinstalled but is eligible for a free Windows 11 upgrade.

If you also want to talk design, the kit looks a little bit like Apple’s Mac Mini. Altogether, it weighs about half a pound, has no fans, and looks quite portable.

The default spec and affordability will surely be more than enticing for long-time Microsoft or Windows fans, as we previously mentioned, buyers should be aware that it’s still intended for developers only.

Considering everything, the new device can actually become a laptop or desktop replacer, or even a challenger to Apple’s M1 Mac Mini.

Would you get a Snapdragon Developer Kit for Windows 10 on ARM for yourself? Share your opinion with us in the comments section below.

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