DingDian S3 is a pocket PC with Pentium N6000 and 16 GB of RAM (crowdfunding)
the DingDian S3 is a desktop computer that’s about the size of a chunky smartphone, but under the hood loves the beating heart of a full-fledged PC featuring an Intel Jasper Lake processor, 16GB of RAM, and support for up to two SSDs.
If the handheld looks familiar, it’s because the chassis is virtually identical to the Morefine M6 and Topton M6. But these models are powered by Intel Celeron N5105 chips while the DingDian S3 has a Pentium Silver N6000 processor instead. The S3 is expected to retail for $369+, but DingDian runs a Kickstarter Crowdfunding Campaign which lets you reserve one for as low as $249.
While you would normally expect higher performance from a Pentium chip than a Celeron, that’s not the case here. The Celeron N5105 and the Pentium Silver N6000 are both 4-core, 4-thread processors based on the Intel Jasper Lake architecture. But the former is a 10 watt chip with a 2 GHz base and 2.9 GHz burst speeds, while the latter is a 6 watt chip with a 1.1 GHz base and burst speeds of 3.3GHz.
The bottom line is you’ll probably get better single-core and multi-core performance of the Celeron N5105, but slightly better power efficiency of the Pentium Silver N6000.
That said, the starting price of $249 might make the DingDian S3 an attractive alternative for people willing to risk the uncertainty of a crowdfunding campaign…and willing to wait a few months for delivery. The crowdfunding campaign ends on April 10, 2022, and DingDian plans to start shipping the S3 to backers in June.
For $249 you can reserve a model with 128GB of storage, but you can also pay extra for the 512GB or 1TB versions. All versions have 16GB of 2933MHz DDR4 memory, which is soldered to the motherboard and not user replaceable. But the tiny computer has expandable storage: there’s an M.2 2280 slot for PCIe NVMe SSDs and an M.2 2242 slot for SATA storage.
The S3 measures 150 x 80 x 19 mm (6.1″ x 3.1″ x 0.75″) and weighs 195 grams (about 6.9 ounces) and has a selection of ports that includes:
- 1 HDMI 2.0 port
- 1 x USB Type-C (full function)
- 1 x USB Type-C (power input)
- 3x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
- 1 x 3.5mm audio
- 1 x 2.5 Gbps Ethernet
DingDian notes that although the computer is designed for desktop rather than mobile use, it can be powered from any portable power bank that supports 12V/2A output via USB Type-C. .
There is also an Intel AX201 wireless card with support for WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2.