Last year, FXI technologies, a hardware and software startup based in Norway came up with a USB computing device Codenamed Cotton Candy. The USB stick allowed users to run Android or Linux on just about any screen. Then, months later came Raspberry Pi, a credit-card sized computer which allowed performing similar tasks. And finally, Chinese retailers have started selling a miniature Linux computer that fits in a 3.5-inch plastic case, just larger than a USB thumb drive. The device is named as AllWinner A10 Android 4.0 mini PC.
What is AllWinner A10 Android 4.0 mini PC?
AllWinner A10 Android 4.0 Mini PC a.k.a. MK802 is device that behaves like a small computer when hooked up via HDMI to a TV. All you have to do is connect a wireless mouse/keyboard to the device, the power supply and an HDMI cable to your TV. In minutes, you’ve got yourself a cheap PC running Android 4.0. GREAT!!
The little computer which looks like a portable storage device is capable of providing an output of 1080p, sufficient to play high-definition video. And as the name indicates, the AllWinner Mini PC has an AllWinner A10 single-core 1.5GHz ARM CPU. It also has 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage and ships with Google Android 4.0 software (other operating systems you should be able to install).
Please note that there are no VGA or composite outputs. No SATA, only 2 USB ports and a microSD slot instead of an SD card slot. Plus, you do not get all the same features from the MK802 as you do from the Cotton Candy. For instance, the device has an HDMI port instead of an HDMI connector which means you can connect to an external display, but with a cable. There is no way by which you can plug the device right into a TV or back of a monitor like you can with the Cotton Candy. On the other hand, Cotton Candy runs 1.2 GHz Samsung Exynos dual core processor whereas the M802 is equipped with 1.5 GHz single core chip only.
AllWinner A10 Android 4.0 Mini PC Specifications in a nutshell:
- Weight – approx. 200g
- Power Input – 5V/2A
- CPU – AllWinner A10 @ 1.5GHz + Mali 400 GPU
- Operating System – Android 4.0 (ICS)
- Video output – HDMI (1080p)
- Keyboard – Android virtual keyboard or 2.4G wireless keyboard + fly mouse
- Memory – 512MB RAM
- Storage – 4GB Flash
- Connectivity – WiFi 802.11b/g
- USB – micro USB 2.0/OTG port
- USB 2.0 Host port
AllWinner A10 Android 4.0 Mini PC Individual units cost $74 online and can be purchased from Aliexpress.com.