It’s been less than a year since the Android TV sticks/mini computers hit the streets with 512MB of memory and ARM Cortex-A8 processors. Now you can pick up a model with a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor and 2GB of RAM for about $70.
CNX-Software spotted a new device called the S21H which features a Rockchip RK3066 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 8GB of built-in storage.
It sells for about $70 on AliExpress (and if you use the coupon code “mainagame5” you can knock $5 off that price).
The S21H features 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, a microSD card slot for extra storage, and a full-sized USB 2.0 port that you can use to connect a mouse, keyboard, or other peripherals.
There’s an HDMI connector on one end, which you can use to plug the stick directly into a TV or monitor so that you can run Android apps on a big screen. The device ships with Google Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.
Developers have been working to port Ubuntu Linux to run on devices with RK3066 processors, so it’s possible you could eventually use the S21H as a cheap Linux computer as well — but I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for fully functional Linux graphics drivers.