The Zero Devices Z802 is one of a handful of tiny Android-based PCs that look more like USB flash drives than computers. A number of companies are selling nearly identical versions of the little computer, often sold as the “MK802.”
But Zero Devices also plans to launch a second model soon. It’s called the Z900, and while it shares many features with the Z802, it has a distinctive case design.
The Zero Devices Z900 reportedly has a 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor with Mali 400 graphics, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of storage. There’s a microSD card slot for extra storage, built-in 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and HDMI output.
It’s designed to run Google Android 2.3 or Android 4.0, although it’s also possible that other Linux-based operating systems might be able to run on the hardware.
You can power the device through a mini USB port. That’s probably the same port you would use to connect the Z900 to a computer to transfer files.
There’s also a full-sized USB port which you can use to connect a mouse, keyboard, or other peripheral.
One key difference between this model and the Z802/MK802 is that the MK802 devices have Allwinner A10 ARM Cortex-A8 processors while the Z900 has a faster Cortex-A9 chip.
Another big difference is the inclusion of an HDMI connector. This would let you plug the Zero Devices Z900 directly into a monitor or HDTV without any external HDMI cables.
You can do the same thing with the FXI Cotton Candy PC-on-a-stick, but that device costs $199. The Zero Devices Z900 will probably be much cheaper, if it’s anything like its predecessors (which have HDMI ports, but no built-in connectors).