A $45 Android PC If You Don’t Want Pi

September 4, 2013 by Dave Haynes

cubefrontSmallerThere’s now another teeny PC player out there, at the same starter price point as the Raspberry Pi.

The CuBox is 2″ by 2″ by 2″ and runs Linux and Android Jelly Bean. For the $45 base price, the CuBox-i has a single-core 1GHz CPU, 512MB of RAM and a LAN port. You can buy all the way up to a $120 unit that has a quad-core 1GHz CPU, 2GB of RAM, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

You would still need to add a power brick and micro SD card for storage, but those are not big ticket items. The power adapter is less than $10.

The Israeli (I think) manufacturer SolidRun says the unit will do  1080p video via HDMI.

Would it be good for digital signage? Who knows. It’s an entry-level unit and at some point the whole teeny race gets a little silly. The 2″ dimension of this thing is cool but it might actually be too thick to put behind today’s skinny LED backlit screens.

But it does support the latest Android version.

More on the product here…

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