Chinese factories have been cranking out USB thumb drive-sized mini PCs in a range of configurations for the last few months. The MK802 has gotten a lot of attention, but there’s a new model coming soon which has a significantly faster processor.
The new Mini PC is powered by a 1.6 GHz Rockchip RK3066 ARM Cortex-A9 dual core processor with Mali 400 graphics. It has 1GB of RAM and 4GB of storage.
It isn’t widely available yet, but I received a tip from a guy in South Africa named Reno Botes saying that it’ll cost about $89 US. He’s already taking orders from wholesalers, but the original manufacturer is also expected to start selling directly to consumers soon.
Botes has posted details about the new device on a YouTube page. It has 802.11n WiFi, a microSD card slot, a USB 2.0 port, and a microUSB port, as well as an HDMI connector.
The device ships with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich software and comes with the Google Play Store and Adobe Flash Player preloaded.
If you don’t want to wait for this new model to hit the streets, there are a few other ARM Cortex-A9 mini PCs available from AliExpress for $70 to $90. But most of those models seem to have 512MB of RAM rather than 1GB.