The FXI Cotton Candy is a full-fledged PC that’s about the pack of a stick of gum… or a somewhat chunky USB flash drive. In fact, it is kind of a USB flash drive, since there’s a USB port at one end and an HDMI port at the other.
FXI started showing off a prototype late last year, but now the design has been refined a bit and the Cotton Candy is available for pre-order for $199. The company expects to start shipping products in March.
Packed tightly in that little box you’ll find a 1.2 GHz Samsung Exynos ARM Cortex-A9 processor with Mali 400 graphics, 1GB of RAM, and a microSD card slot for storage.
The Cotton Candy can run Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or earlier versions of Google’s mobile operating system. It can also run Ubuntu Linux and theoretically it should be able to handle any other operating system compiled for ARM processors.
It also features built-in 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1, which is good because it’s not like there’s a lot of room for an Ethernet port.
The USB port on one end of the stick can be used to power the Cotton Candy — but you can also plug it into any device that supports USB mass storage to copy files to and from the Cotton Candy.
via The Verge