New quad-core HG-UD7 mini PC has optional dual-band Wi-Fi

hgud7Every day, we’re seeing new mini PCs hit the market – some are brand-new; others appear to be variations on a theme, like this HG-UD7, which on the outside looks a bit like a CX-919 clone.

It’s a compact USB stick-style mini PC powered by Rockchip’s RK3188 quad-core Cortex A9 SoC CPU with a single external Wi-Fi whip antenna. It’s accompanied by 1GB of DDR3 RAM but only 4GB of flash, preloaded with Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system. There’s a MicroSD slot to expand that further, up to 32GB per card.

This one has decent networking thanks to its AP6210 chipset, which offers 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 support. However, there’s an option also to get this one with the uprated AP6330, which adds in dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 for an extra $3.50. The Wi-Fi features an external anchored antenna that still offers rotation so it should do at least as well as internal-antenna based models, if not better.

There’s the standard USB2.0 host and microUSB OTG ports, plus another for power. And for some reason, there’s a built-in microphone, even though there’s no camera.

We found this one from a retailer on Aliexpress selling for $75 including shipping.

ProcessorRockchip RK3188 quad-core Cortex A7
ClockUp to 1.6GHz
GPU typeARM Mali-400 MP4
Operating systemAndroid 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean)
Internal storage4GB
External storageMicroSD, up to 32GB
Wi-Fi connectivity802.11b/g/n (dual-band available, $3.50)
Bluetooth3.0 (4.0 with dual-band Wi-Fi option)
No./type of USB ports1 x USB2.0 host, 1 x microUSB OTG
HDMI form factorv1.4
Dimensions102 x 47 x 11mm
Weight36 grams
Announce DateJune 2013

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