$74 Android Mini-Computer Hits The Market [Updates]

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Want a cheap computer that runs Android on an ARM processor and isn’t a Raspberry Pi? Now you can have it. I’m talking about a new system, called AllWinner, that is now shipping out of China.

This tiny, inexpensive Android PC has impressive specifications. It uses an ARM A10 dual-core running at 1.5 GHz, a Mali 400 GPU and offers 512MB of RAM. This puts it about on par with last year’s best tablets and today’s best smartphones. It has HDMI output and claims 1080p capability. Only a review could verify this, but on paper it looks like a valid claim, as there are much less powerful ARM systems that can do the same.

You’ll only need to pay $74 dollars for the device if you buy it from Abi Express, the only retailer currently offering the device outside of Asian markets. The description is typical of a product made in China by a company that can’t pay for proper translation to English – there are plenty of typos – but it claims 802.11b/g/n wireless support and USB connectivity. Better still, the mini-PC comes with Android 4.0.

It’s worth pointing out that the mouse and keyboard support of Android isn’t great. It’s also difficult to see how a user would connect both without a USB hub, because this mini-PC only has one USB port and you’d need two to connect a USB mouse and keyboard.

Even so, the price is low enough that Android and alternative OS enthusiasts should check this computer out. It looks like a fun gadget to experiment with even if it’s unlikely to replace anyone’s desktop, HTPC or Roku.

Source: Ars Technica

Comments (70)
  • Mick

    Size as an USB Flash drive. How it works?

    seobkk.com

  • WareWolf

    Android supports plenty of mice, and keyboards, as well as USB hubs. I use hubs, keyboards & mice on my a500 Acer tablet all the time. A retailer that offers these and ships internationally is dealextreme.com Enjoy.

  • Marco Polo

    let me just point out this little device is UNDER $100…if you are seriously crying about not enough USB ports or not enough RAM or the processor sucks, i suggest you try making your own version of a MINI Computer. I bet you can create something with your specifications, keeping the same relative size, for under $100. If you are successful, congratulations! You just outdid this chinese company. However, since you are still whining about a product designed to be tiny and COMPARABLE (keep in mind the size) and super portable; did you complain when Apple wanted to make iPods smaller and suckier? No, you went out the next day to buy a Nano for your kids/friends. So do everyone a favor and stop bashing this product that you havent even tried, and keep your mind open…It might be the next thing Apple want to dominate in or a turning point in our computer technology-(think 20 years from now when all you have to do is carry one of these bad boys in your pocket instead of a laptop in a case…convenient eh?)-dont chop a tree down before you know what kind it is; it may be better for you to educate yourself before making any incorrect or rash decisions that could influence other people around you. That’s how the Nazi party was started

    OH!! and for those that really need to ask “wheres the screen?” etc. etc. I BEG YOU PLEASE READ!!! WE ALL WENT TO SCHOOL AT ONE POINT, AND YOU CLICKED ON THIS ARTICLE TO CHECK IT OUT, READ THE ARTICLE, THERE IS MORE INFORMATION THERE THAN YOU THINK.

  • Antoni Coll

    Its a good idea

  • Antoni Coll

    nice

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