Most ARM based mini PCs come with 1 or 2GB RAM, with few exceptions like Nagrace HPH NT-V6 or Tronsmart Draco AW80 Telos featuring 4GB RAM, but they are mostly optimized for Android, and although they can also run Linux desktop distributions there are often caveats with lack of hardware video decoding for example. Solidrun has now added a new model to its Cubox-I mini PC family with Cubox-I 4×4 powered by Freescale i.MX6 quad core processor coupled with 4GB RAM, and it’s also one of the few mini PCs coming with an eSATA port.
- SoC – Freescale i.MX6 Quad 4x Cortex A9 @1GHz-1.2GHz with Vivante GC2000 (OpenGL/ES 2.0)
- System Memory – 4GB 64-bit DDR3 @ 1066 MHz
- Storage – microSD card slot, eSATA II (3 Gbps) connector
- Video Output – HDMI 1.4 with 3D support
- Audio Output – HDMi, optical S/PDIF
- Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet (up to 470Mbps), WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
- USB – 2x USB 2.0 host, 1x micro USB to RS232 port for console access
- Misc – InfraRed receiver and transmitter, RTC with backup battery
- Power Supply – 5V/3A via 2.1/5.5mm power jack
- Dimensions – 55 x 55 x 42 mm
CuBox-i 4×4 will ship with a 110V/220V power adapter, and a 8GB Micro SD Class 10 card preloaded with OpenELEC/Kodi or Android 4.4.2 KitKat, but you can also download GeexBox XBMC, Debian, Arch Linux ARM, OpenSUSE, and other Linux based operating systems for the platform.
Cubox-i 4×4 can be pre-ordered for $169.99 on Solid-run website, or on Newegg for the same, with shipping scheduled for the end of May. You may find more details on Solidrun Cubox-i mini computer page.
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.