The APC is a tiny computer system that sells for $49, and which should be capable of running Android, Linux, and other operating systems (but not Windows 7). It ships with Google Android 2.3.
There’s one catch though: Shipping and handling fees nearly double the cost of the device.
The VIA APC features a VIA WonderMedia 875 800 MHz ARM11 processor, 512MB of memory, and 2GB of storage.
Like the $35 Raspberry Pi, the VIA APC includes all the basic hardware you need to power a Linux-based operating system. And like the Raspberry Pi, the APC is basically just a system board — there’s no case.
But the VIA APC offers built-in storage and a few more input and output options than the Raspberry Pi, which has just 2 USB ports, an HDMI port, and an Ethernet jack. The APC has:
- 4 USB 2.0 ports
- mic input
- audio output
- 10/100 Etherent
- microSD card slot
The APC ships from Taiwan, and VIA is charging $38 for shipping to Europe, the US, or Canada. That drives up the total price to $87.
It’s a little cheaper if you have a shipping address in Asia, where you can pick up an APC for $79 with shipping included.
For a few bucks less you can grab an MK802 or similar USB stick-sized computer with an ARM Cortex-A8 or faster processor. But then you won’t get all the extra ports VIA includes on the APC.
via Hacker News