The Cubieboard is a tiny PC that’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. It’s been sold as a developer board which doesn’t include a case. But for just $10 than the cost of the Raspberry Pi, the Cubieboard offers a faster processor, more memory, and built-in storage.
We got our first look at the Cubieboard a few weeks ago, and now the first prototypes are available. You can order a Cubieboard from the Cubies Hacker Shop at AliExpress for $45 plus shipping costs from China.
Update: Prices are now closer to $90, but you can still find some cheaper options if you order in bulk.
The Cubieboard features a 1 GHz Allwinner A10 ARM Cortex-A8 processor, Mali 400 graphics, 512MB of RAM (a 1GB model is on the way), and 4GB of flash storage.
It has an HDMI port, 2 USB ports, an SD card slot, and a range of other connectors and expansion pins for adding peripherals. There’s also a 10/100 Ethernet jack. If you want to use WiFi, you’ll need to hook up a WiFi dongle.
You can run Google Android and a number of Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, Fedora, or Puppy on the platform.