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20 May 12 This Tiny PC Runs Linux and Android 4.0–and Costs Just $74


Over the past few months there have been no fewer than three tiny, cheap Linux PCs making headlines, and now there’s a fourth to add to the list.

linux pcFirst we saw the Raspberry Pi and the Cotton Candy devices emerge; then, almost exactly a month ago I wrote about the Mele A1000, a small ARM device that sells with Android but can be configured to run Ubuntu Linux as well.

The latest to appear? None other than the MK802 micro-PC, a USB-sized device priced at $74 that runs Android 4.0 and Linux.

This is turning into a veritable smorgasbord of choices, and I believe it’s just the beginning of a real revolution in computing.

1080p HDMI Video Output

Featuring a single-core 1.5GHz AllWinner A10 Cortex A8 ARM processor, Android 4.0, 512MB of DDR3 high-capacity memory, and WiFi connectivity, the MK802 is now available on Aliexpress for $74 including free shipping to the United States via China Post.

The MK802The MK802 (Credit: CNXSoft. Click image to enlarge.)With a MALI400 graphics processing unit, the device from Chinese brand rikomagic features 4GB Flash storage, a microSD slot, and two USB ports: one full-sized and one micro, according to CNXSoft. Video output is via 1080p HDMI–an HDMI cable needs to be added separately–and users can tap either an Android virtual keyboard or add a wireless mouse and keyboard.

Perhaps best of all is that users can run Ubuntu, Debian, or another Linux distribution of their choice via microSD card.

A New Category of PCs

It’s true that this device is more expensive than the $35 Raspberry Pi, but it’s also cheaper than the $199 Cotton Candy. It’s very comparable to the $70 Mele 1000.

The bottom line, though, is that this is yet another choice for those seeking a low-cost computing option, and once again it’s powered by ARM and Linux–both the Android variety and more traditional forms, if so desired.

There will surely continue to be a place for the many high-priced computing options in this world, but it’s endlessly exciting to imagine what new innovations these tiny, cheap, Linux PCs will enable.

Article source: http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/255837/this_tiny_pc_runs_linux_and_android_40and_costs_just_74.html

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18 May 12 $74 MK802 Android micro-PC beats Cotton Candy to the punch


A pair of inexpensive micro-PCs have generated quite a bit of buzz this year. The dirt-cheap Raspberry Pi started shipping in mid-April, but the FXI Cotton Candy has yet to make it out the door. The $200 Android PC-on-a-stick will also have some competition once it finally arrives: a very similar $74 AllWinner A10-based system has already popped up on online shopping sites.

Meet the MK802, which (like the Cotton Candy) features an ARM processor, Android 4.0, and WiFi connectivity. It’s not quite as powerful, with a single-core 1.5GHz AllWinner A10 processor and 512MB memory compared to a dual-core 1.2GHz Exynos chip and 1GB. The MK802 does offer two USB ports — one full-sized and one micro — and it utilizes the same Mali 400 GPU as the Cotton Candy.

One other difference is that the MK802 sports an HDMI port, not an HDMI plug. That means, of course, that you’ll still need a cable or a male-to-male plug to hook up to your HDTV or monitor. Really, though, that’s a reasonable trade-off when you consider that you can buy almost three MK802s for the same price as a single Cotton Candy.

If you do decide to pick up the MK802, remember that you’ll have to rely on your own stash of APKs or a third-party marketplace like the Amazon Appstore, at least initially. With the ridiculously low price tag on this device, it’s a good bet that the Android developer community will jump on this solid little stick computer and hack in support for Google Play in the very near future.

CNX Software, via Liliputing


Article source: http://www.geek.com/articles/chips/74-mk802-android-micro-pc-beats-cotton-candy-to-the-punch-20120517/

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