DingDian S3 is a desktop computer with dimensions similar to a smartphone. A pocket PC that you can reserve in a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter at a fairly cheap price: $249.
We like these small PCs that you can carry in your pocket and use anywhere (in the office, at your desk, in the living room, in the kitchen…) for different tasks. If the pictures look familiar, that’s because the design and chassis are very similar to other models like the Morefine M6 and Topton M6. Being like a chubby smartphone, it measures 150 x 80 x 19 mm and weighs 195 grams.
The DingDian S3 runs on Intel’s ‘Jasper Lake’ platform. These processors are intended to power inexpensive PCs, small netbooks, or entry-level desktops including mini-PCs or even smaller ones such as the one in question. Specifically, it is equipped with an efficient and high-performance Pentium Silver N6000 with four cores. The N6000 has a frequency of up to 3.3 GHz and a TDP of only 6 watts.
All configurations have 16 Gbytes of 2933 MHz DDR4 memory. It is soldered to the motherboard and is not user-replaceable, but it is more than enough for a device like this. For internal storage, it offers various capacities, 128 GB, 512 TB, or 1 Tbyte depending on the configuration. And it can be upgraded/expanded with two available M.2 2280 slots for PCIe NVMe SSD and another M.2 2242 for SATA storage. Connectivity is good either.
It takes full advantage of its size
- An Intel AX201 chip to offer Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2.
- 1 x 2.5Gbps LAN Ethernet Port
- One HDMI 2.0 output.
- 1 USB Type-C port for data.
- 1 USB Type-C port for power supply. (Can be powered from any portable power bank that supports 12V/2A output.)
- 3 USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A ports.
- 1 3.5mm jack for audio.
The retail price for the DingDian S3 is $369, but if you back the crowdfunding campaign now, you can pre-order it on Kickstarter for just $249. That’s a very good price for what this compact camera offers and what it can do. The crowdfunding campaign ends on April 10, 2022, and the product is expected to start shipping to backers in June.