Android arrives in a $74 mini flash drive computer

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:
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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20 Comments

1. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

pretty neat if you ask me.

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

that's pretty cool

3. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

and pricing is not bad

4. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

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

8. Evil_SaNz

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 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.

16. Evil_SaNz

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 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.

18. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 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.

15. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 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.

10. thelegend6657 unregistered

But you can install android x86 for free on your pc

11. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 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

12. thelegend6657 unregistered

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

5. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

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

6. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

now thats the true beauty of Android.

7. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 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.

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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

13. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Wow, that's a wonderful stuff

14. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 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.

17. salic

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

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

19. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

it runs on android 4.0 ics

20. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

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

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