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Android arrives in a $74 mini flash drive computer

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Android arrives in a $74 mini flash drive computer
Android is a free and open operating system, and if you want a proof look no further than what retailers choose to do with it - now, it ended up on a USB thumb drive that you can connect to your TV or monitor, and paired with a wireless keyboard and mouse, you end up having an extremely affordable computer in your pocket. The flash drive with Android on board costs $74, and packs an AllWinner A10 processor clocked at 1.5GHz plus the extremely popular in China Mali 400 GPU, the very same graphical processor as the one on the Galaxy S II.

That turns out to be a potent combination, and we’ve seen many white box makers release tablets that can easily handle graphically intensive games like GTA on Google Play. The thumb drive also comes with a microSD card slot, so you can load up another operating system, say a Linux distro like Ubuntu, and have a Linux box ready.

It connects to your TV or monitor via HDMA, and it’s a female connector, so you’d need to have a separate cable.

Here are the rest of the spec highlights of this cheap miniature Android computer:
- AllWinner A10 @ 1.5GHz CPU + Mali 400 GPU
- 512MB RAM memory
- 4GB Flash storage
- microSD slot (Up to 32GB)
- WiFi 802.11b/g
- micro USB 2.0/OTG port
- USB 2.0 Host port
- Android virtual keyboard or 2.4G wireless keyboard + fly mouse
- HDMI (1080p)
- 8.8*3.5*1.2cm in size
- weighs 200g
If you want a flash drive that you can directly plug into your TV or monitor, earlier in the year we saw the Cotton Candy solution with the same GPU, but a dual-core processor and a male HDMI connector. It will cost you $199, though, so if you want to save, head on to the source below to learn more about the new thumb drive.


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posted on 18 May 2012, 07:56 7

1. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


pretty neat if you ask me.

posted on 18 May 2012, 08:04 9

2. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


that's pretty cool

posted on 18 May 2012, 08:08 1

3. protozeloz (Posts: 5372; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


and pricing is not bad

posted on 18 May 2012, 08:08 4

4. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


If it had 1gb of RAM i would buy it but i understand its more of a budget thing.

posted on 18 May 2012, 08:41

8. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 258; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


Unless you're not taking this for heavy gaming, 512 is more than enough. Remember that on most phones (galaxy note for sure) a reasonable amount of RAM is shared for video memory - around 200 MB.

posted on 18 May 2012, 11:33 5

16. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 258; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


Oh god. People have their myths and feel hurt when you dare to desecrate them with logic and knowledge.

@Mr. thumb down: Yeti exist, Santa Claus exists, Godzilla exists, Ferengi exist and 512 MB Ram isn't enough for an Android 200 MB Rom with no video dedicated memory. I apologize! Now I'll buy 12 Gig ram for my pc aswell because I'm editing NASA pictures of 500 Megapixels and need to study the submolecolar structure of my dinner.

posted on 18 May 2012, 12:46 3

18. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Did you really need to reply to your own post because someone thumbed you down?

Were you really so perturbed that you had to share it with everyone?

I'm thumbing you down for the double post btw.

posted on 18 May 2012, 11:23

15. skymitch89 (Posts: 1044; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


Only real reason it would need 1GB of RAM is if it was Android 4.0 and had a UI like Sense or TouchWiz.

posted on 18 May 2012, 10:20

10. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


But you can install android x86 for free on your pc

posted on 18 May 2012, 10:38

11. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


As ive said in previous articles im 15 I have access to a mac air. not anything else and the school has these things locked down although hacking is not a hard thing

posted on 18 May 2012, 10:59

12. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


i am 17
still using a 3 year old pc
BTW you can always use a virtual machine on your mac

posted on 18 May 2012, 08:09 5

5. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 307; Member since: 07 May 2012)


android to the world !!! Open Source is the freedom of Life!!! Pretty cool tech

posted on 18 May 2012, 08:14 5

6. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


now thats the true beauty of Android.

posted on 18 May 2012, 08:33 3

7. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Absolutely..how in the world can anyone not appreciate this wonderful OS?

That said, though, this thing is basically pointless if you already have a decent android phone with hdmi.

posted on 18 May 2012, 08:45 4

9. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


first use I see for this is business. why buy a laptop or smartphone if your traveling for work when you can just grab this.. plug into any screen and access all of your files on the drive or through Google Drive on wifi. a cheap solution that's uber useful.
+ its strong enough to run pretty much every app.

throw one on the bedroom TV for instant Netflix hook ups.. that's something I'm thinking about with this. way more quiet than that jet engine sounding Xbox I use now.. lol

posted on 18 May 2012, 11:17

13. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Wow, that's a wonderful stuff

posted on 18 May 2012, 11:21

14. skymitch89 (Posts: 1044; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


My main question is what version of Android does it come with. I don't really think that it would work with much other than 3.0 or 4.0 in tablet form.

posted on 18 May 2012, 12:30

17. salic (Posts: 24; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


The picture shows 4.0 printed on it, I'd assume thats the version.

posted on 18 May 2012, 13:13

19. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 307; Member since: 07 May 2012)


it runs on android 4.0 ics

posted on 18 May 2012, 21:08

20. mercorp (Posts: 967; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


It would be good as a co-processor for the s2....

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