CES 2017: Intel announces new NUC mini-PCs

Arif Bacchus


The Consumer Electronics Show, or CES for short, is rolling on. As has been the theme, Intel has become yet another one of the latest tech companies to unveil upcoming devices for the year 2017. The American multinational corporation has lifted the veils off the 2017 versions of their NUC mini-PCs (via ArsTechnia.)

NUC mini-PC

Overall, there are five new models of NUC mini-PC’s, two of which are powered by Intel Core i3 chips. In addition, there are also two Intel Core i5 models and one solo “tall” Intel Core i7 model. All models, nonetheless, are now enclosed in a darker aluminum body, where the user customized color changing LED power button is on the front of the box, rather than the top as in years past.

All models will also offer laptop-sized DDR4 RAM slots, four USB 3.0 ports, a headphone jack, an IR receiver, an HDMI 2.0 port, a gigabit Ethernet port, a microSD card slot, a dedicated power jack, and a new USB-C port.

The higher end i5 and i7 models, meanwhile, feature a USB-C port which has support for Thunderbolt 3. These models also have the “Iris Plus” GPU’s, which have 64MB of embedded eDRAM. “Taller” models of the NUC’s also have a special feature and are Intel Optane memory ready.

Pricing is not immediately available, but the Core i3 model is expected to be available later this month, with other models soon following.