TP-LINK BigEye mini PC hits the market

tplinkbigeyeNormally known for its consumer networking products, Chinese brand TP-LINK has entered the mini PC market with its BigEye camera-based TV box model.

Similar to Rikomagic’s MK602 and the OEM-branded MK818, the BigEye comes as a monitor or TV clamp style top-sitting mini PC, powered by Rockchip’s RK3066 dual-core Cortex A9 SoC CPU, accompanied by 1GB of RAM and 4GB of flash that’s preloaded with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system.

It comes with a 2MP front-facing camera with built-in microphone, presumably making it suitable for Skype and other AV services.

The on-board flash storage can be expanded by MicroSD card slot, good for cards up to 32GB and there’s two full-size USB2.0 host ports for external peripherals.

Networking comes by way of Wi-Fi however, TP-LINK doesn’t mention which standards are included – that said, most RK3066-based mini PCs support 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi so it should be a reasonably safe bet here too. Just check before you buy. You also get RJ45 Fast Ethernet on the back. What’s interesting is that TP-LINK says this one can be used as a wireless router with PPPoE support.

There’s only a single AV output – the HDMI 1.3 port; no composite AV on this one unfortunately.

At this stage, you have to go to TP-LINK’s Chinese website to find any details about it – it appears this model is only sold in China. However, that said, you’ll now find it available on Aliexpress for around $90 including shipping.

BrandTP-LINK
ModelTP-LINK mini BigEye
ProcessorRockchip RK3066 dual-core Cortex A9
ClockUp to 1.6GHz
GPU typeARM Mali-400 MP4
Operating systemAndroid 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
RAM1GB DDR3
Internal storage4GB
External storageMicroSD, up to 32GB
Wi-Fi connectivity802.11b/g/n (TBC, inc. RJ45 Ethernet)
BluetoothNo
No./type of USB ports2 x USB2.0 host
HDMI form factorv1.3
Dimensions150 x 103 x 36mm
Weight950grams
Announce DateEarly 2013

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