Android isn't just for tablets and smartphones. The Google OS has made its way onto a headless mini PC with intriguing living-room potential. Miniand Tech's Mini X runs Android 4.0, otherwise known as Ice Cream Sandwich, and is also compatible with Linux. The thing is tiny, measuring 2.4" x 2.4" x 0.5", but it has most of the basics covered.
Inside the tiny case sits an Allwinner A10 SoC with a 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A8 CPU core and Mali-400 graphics. The SoC is capable of decoding all kinds of video formats at resolutions up to 1080p. It also powers dual USB ports and a Micro SD slot, although USB storage appears to be limited to just 8GB. The Mini X has 4GB of its own flash onboard in addition to 512MB of RAM.
Fortunately, you're not limited to local storage. A Wi-Fi antenna pokes out the back, delivering 802.11n wireless connectivity. Bluetooth didn't make the cut, but there appears to be an IR receiver up front for the included remote.
HDMI seems to be the Mini X's only output port, and Miniand throws in a compatible cable. A power adapter is also included in the box. Total cost: $99, which seems pretty resonable for a basic media PC that's small enough to take on the road. Thanks to FanlessTech for the tip.
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