Geekbuying is now selling one of the first Android TV sticks to be powered by a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor. The Zealz GK802 is a tiny computer about the size of a USB flash drive. It’s got a processor, memory, and storage, and an HDMI plug on one end, so you can plug the stick right into a TV or display to run Android apps on a big screen.
You can pick up the GK802 from Geekbuying for $100.
The PC-on-a-stick features a 1.2 GHz Freescale i.MX6 quad-core processor with Vivante GC2000 graphics.
That’s the same processor found in the Ampe A10 tablet I reviewed recently, and while I wasn’t that impressed with the tablet’s all-around performance, the CPU scored reasonably well in benchmarks.
The Zealz GK802 also features 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, built-in WiFi and Bluetooth, a USB 2.0 host port, and a microUSB port for power. There’s also a microSD card slot for extra storage.
Out of the box, the device runs Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. But it’s also capable of running Android 4.1 and Android 4.2. Freescale also offers a fair amount of documentation for its processors, which could help developers port other operating systems to run on devices like the GK802.
Chinese device maker Hiapad also plans to launch a mini PC with a Freescale i.MX6 quad-core processor soon, but the GK802 seems to have made it to market first.