Every 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.
|Processor||Rockchip RK3188 quad-core Cortex A7|
|Clock||Up to 1.6GHz|
|GPU type||ARM Mali-400 MP4|
|Operating system||Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean)|
|External storage||MicroSD, up to 32GB|
|Wi-Fi connectivity||802.11b/g/n (dual-band available, $3.50)|
|Bluetooth||3.0 (4.0 with dual-band Wi-Fi option)|
|No./type of USB ports||1 x USB2.0 host, 1 x microUSB OTG|
|HDMI form factor||v1.4|
|Dimensions||102 x 47 x 11mm|
|Announce Date||June 2013|
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