Thundering over the information superhighway, hot on the heels of last week’s exciting news of the launch of the MK802 marvellously miniscule, memory stick-esque, Android platform, pint-sized computer, comes this: the APC 8750 from Taiwanese-based Via Technologies – another open source OS-operated petite-PC at a pocket-pleasing price.
Looking rather different to the slick MK802 we saw last week, the APC is, as should be clear from the picture, more banana-sized (use of fruit is obligatory these days). Also rather than aping a memory stick the design is far more akin to the Raspberry Pi, stripping of all external housing so that it looks more like a PC you’ve gone and broken.
Retailing at a staggering, cheap as silicon chips, £31, the APC 8750 may not look much, but it comes packing a WonderMedia ARM 800MHz processor, features 512MB DDR3 memory and 2GB NAND flash, built-in 2D/3D graphic resolution up to 720p, and includes HDMI, VGA, USB 2.0 (x4), audio out/mic-in, and microSD inputs and outputs. Oh and to make it the most flexible mini-marvel it can be, it operates on Android 2.3 OS.
Keeping size down by out-sourcing tediously bulky computer work such as communication and storage to the internet, the APC is simplicity itself to use, just connect to a TV or monitor and you’re on your way. And not only does this adroit approach save on scale, it also cuts power consumption down to a mere 13.5W at maximum load, some 10x less than that of a traditional PC.
Another week, another Android operated super-small pocket PC? Hmm, we’re beginning to spot a trend…
Shipping in July, you can pre-order your APC from here now.