This is what those new RK3066 Android 4.0 Mini PCs look like

A couple of companies have started promoting new Android mini PCs featuring dual core Rockchip RK3066 ARM Cortex-A9 processors over the past week. Now South African distributor Reno Botes has received his first shipment from the manufacturer, and he plans to start filling orders tomorrow.

But he’s also taken the time to share a few photos with us, so we can get a better look at what the little computers look like.

Rockchip RK3066 Android 4.0 Mini PC

The mini PC is the size of a large USB flash drive — if a flash drive had a dual core CPU, 4GB of storage, and 1GB of RAM, as well as a microSD card slot, full and micro-sized USB ports, 802.11n WiFi, and an HDMI connector.

The little computer runs Google Android 4.0 and it’s designed to be plugged directly into the HDMI port on a TV. You can hook up a mouse and/or keyboard to navigate through the Android interface.

There case is pretty much covered with vents, which should help keep the little computer from overheating.

Botes also included a few photos of the retail packaging and images of what the mini PC looks like when you remove its plastic shell if you want to go for that Raspberry Pi-esque look.

Reno Botes isn’t the only one offering this sort of product. This week US retailer Oval Elephant started taking pre-orders for an identical mini PC for $90. It’s expected to start shipping in September.

Meanwhile, a company called Minix plans to launch a similar device called the Minix NEO G4 soon. Like the other two mini PCs, it features a Rockchip RK3066 dual core processor. But the Neo G4 comes with 8GB of storage instead of 4GB. The case design is also a little different.

  • ammarok

    You can see perfectly how the blue one is empty, just the case… Little bit odd, isn’t it?

    • https://nards-barley.myopenid.com/ Nards Barley

      hopefully they don’t ship empty!

  • Javi Metal

    Before was 1.6Ghz, now it’s 1.5Ghz and that shop says 1.2Ghz. Finally it will be 1Ghz (CPU) + 400Mhz (GPU) or similar, and after know Rockchip… overclock to 1.6 can cause a fire at home XD

    • Reno Botes

      Hi, the only reason it is downclocked to 1.2GHz is because the tv’s usb power is not enough to power the device. Once rooted i will clock mine to 1.6 and share some specs with you guys – see my videos here – http://youtu.be/MgRqcF5QK5c XBMC supported out the box with 3G support too.

      • Radditz

        So It Is 1.2? Not 1.6? Which One Is It?

  • http://soltesza.wordpress.com/ sola

    The 4GB internal storage seems to be a bit slim for a desktop Linux (ok for Android though), 8GB will probably be OK. You will keep your data on a microSD card anyways.

  • Robert Jakiel

    Either of these with a nice 32″ HD set will just be plain ole awesome. Hell one of these plus a cheapo 21″ monitor would make for a sub $200 PC. Woot!

    • nards barley

      How many 21 inch, sub 200 monitors have hdmi port?

      • renw0rp

        there are a few
        +
        HDMI signal is the same as DVI so you can get really cheap adapter and the choice of the PC monitors grows drastically

      • BR549

        Tiger Direct here has a 26″ TV (so you get sound) for $139.00.

  • Paku

    WHAT EXACTLY can you use these things for?? Mini PC?? I dont get what they are useful for

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