The first (single core) mini PCs showed up in May, the dual core mini PCs in August, and the first quad core mini PCs should be available in November starting with Hiapad Hi-802 HDMI TV Stick powered by Freescale i.MX6 Quad Cortex A9 processor with 1GB RAM.
The specs of the device are not available publicly, but based on diverse sources (including charbax video below), it should be as follows:
- SoC – Freescale i.MX6Q Quad Core Cortex A9 Processor with Vivante GC2000 GPU
- System Memory – 1GB RAM
- Storage – 16? GB NAND Flash Memory + microSD card slot
- Video Output – HDMI
- Connectivity – Built-in Wifi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth
- USB – USB Host + USB OTG
A picture of the PCB (one side only) has been uploaded by Hiapad.
There are 6 through holes at the top left of the PCB which might be some debug ports (
TBC Confirmed. Those are for I2C and UART pins, see details). As with the Wandboard, I assume all source is currently closed under NDA, but once the product ships source code might be available, and beside Android 4.0, you’ll also be able to run other Linux based OS such as Ubuntu.
Charbax met with Hiapad at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair and shot a video about this new device.
The Antutu score (~3800) does not seem right, as it is about the same as a kindle fire (OMAP4), but this will most certainly improve as the software matures.
If you buy via armdevices.net (and are a member), you can get the device for $89 including shipping via Hong Kong Post once it becomes available at the end of October. For this price, you could get UG802 mini PC back in August. Bear in mind that the price of new mini PCs tends to drop like a stone (e.g. $20 drop) after the first month.
Source: Comment by Mark.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.