Azulle Ally is an Android 10 mini PC powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 octa-core Cortex-A53 processor coupled with 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM.
Equipped with an HDMI port, wired and wireless networking, as well as a pair of USB 3.0 ports, the small-form factor computer is mostly designed for businesses and applications such as digital signage, IoT, edge computing, wayfinding machines, and more.
- SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 octa-core Arm Cortex A53 processor @ up to 1.8 GHz with Adreno 506 GPU with OpenGL ES 3.1, OpenCL 2.0 Full, DirectX 12, Hexagon 546 DSP, and 1080p60 video decoder/1080p90 video encoder for H.265, H.265, VP8, and (decode-only) VP9
- System Memory – 2GB RAM
- Storage – 16GB eMMC flash
- Video Output – Micro HDMI 1.4 port up to 1080p60
- Ethernet RJ45 port
- Dual-band 802.11b/g/n/ac WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 4.2 LE
- USB – 2x USB3.0, Micro USB port
- Power Supply – 12V DC via power barrel jack
- Dimensions – TBD (Mounting holes for behind display and wall mounting)
The mini PC runs Android 10 with AI support. The Snapdragon 450 is a mobile SoC with a built-in 4G LTE modem but it’s not used here, and AFAIK there’s no embedded part (Snapdragon 450E) like the Snapdragon 410E specifically designed for embedded applications without a modem. An octa-core Cortex-A53 processor is fairly low-end by today’s standard, even clocked at 1.8 GHz, but that may be just fine for business applications that focus on a specific task.
The Azulle Ally Snapdragon 450 mini PC is currently up for pre-order for $149 on Azulle online store. At this price, it is hard to understand the value proposition, as you’d be able to create a similar mini PC with Rockchip RK3328 for over half the price. It may be different if Azulle offers other services/features like a commitment to long-term (10 to 15 years) supply or wide-temperature range but it’s not explicitly stated on the product page. Another potential reason for getting this mini PC is if some code is already optimized for Qualcomm DSP, and a company wants to reuse its existing codebase.
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.