Zotac’s (orb) Zbox has Intel Haswell inside

Zotac recently debuted an unobtrusive orb-shaped PC designed to sit on a desk or TV stand. 

Known as the ZBOX 01520, the device is powered by an Intel Core i3-4010U Haswell processor paired with Intel HD 4400 graphics. 

Additional features include four USB 3.0 ports, three USB 2.0 ports, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, DisplayPort, MSATA port, an SD card reader and a 2.5 inch hard drive or SSD.

According to Liliputing’s Brad Linder, the 01520 is available in two versions. 

“The standard unit ships without any memory or storage while the ZBOX 01520 Plus will have 4GB of memory and a 500GB hard drive,” he explained. “The system supports up to 16GB of RAM and about as much storage as you can fit in the case. The Plus version doesn’t come with an operating system pre-loaded, so you might be better off just adding your own components.”

In other Zotac news, the company recently added two new systems to its ZBOX Nano lineup. However, rather than x86 chips, the latest devices will be powered by ARM processors running Google’s Android or Ubuntu Linux.

The latest Nano PCs are slated to launch in the second quarter of 2014 with $100-$150 price tags. 

As Liliputing’s Brad Linder confirms, both models feature 1 GHz Freescale i.MX6 ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processors, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of flash storage, a 2.5 inch drive bay and an SD card reader. Additional specs include four USB 2.0 ports, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Gigabit Ethernet and HDMI output.

“Right now the Android model runs Google Android 4.0, but an Android 4.2 update is in the works. The Ubuntu model will ship with Ubuntu 12.04, but I suspect there won’t be much stopping you from upgrading to a newer version of the operating system,” he added.