Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Via introduces banana sized $49 mini PC

VIA Technologies is releasing a mini PC around the size of a small banana.
This mini PC has Android and features 2 GB of on-board storage and VGA output. The unit measures just 17-cm x 8.5-cm, and can be housed in any standard Mini-ITX or microATX chassis. It idles at 4 watts of power, but jumps up to 13.5 watts during maximum load. The APC comes with a custom (forked) build of Google's Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" OS that has been optimized for keyboard and mouse input. It comes with a stock browser and a number of apps including Adobe Reader, Angry Birds and YouTube. Hardware wise the APC packs a 800 MHz VIA WonderMedia ARM 11 SoC with a built-in 2D/3D GPU core capable of video output up to 720p. Also included is 512 MB of DDR3 RAM, 2 GB of on-board storage (NAND Flash), HDMI, VGA, 4 USB 2.0 ports, audio out / mic in, a microSD card slot, a 10/100 Ethernet port and a 15W power adapter. The unit is expected to cost $49 when released in July.



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