In case you haven’t noticed yet, quite a few mini PCs on the market are variations of a similar theme, often with very similar hardware on-board. That looks to be the case with the X31 USB stick-style mini PC.
It’s a very similar model to the Hi705 down to the similar colours available. It’s built on Rockchip’s RK3188 quad-core Cortex A9 SoC CPU (what mini PCs these days isn’t?) accompanied by 2GB of RAM and 8GB of flash preloaded with Android 4.2 (operating system).
The two unusual features in this one are the external antenna port and the built-in 2MP camera on the front. There’s no bracket to hold this mini PC so we’re not quite sure how you’d set this one up to use the camera. That external antenna port is designed to feed the 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi / Bluetooth 2.1 module inside.
Storage can be expanded by the MicroSD card slot, up to 32GB per card and there’s a type-A USB host port. The secondary microUSB option is for power only. Apparently, the X31 doesn’t come with root access but you can gain root access with the same method as for any other RK3188-powered mini PC.
The bundle includes power brick, microUSB power cable and HDMI extender for the HDMI plug. You’ll find this one available at geekbuying.com for $83 including shipping.
The X31 isn’t identical to the Hi705 – the Hi705 we’ve seen only comes with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), not 4.2 but the Bluetooth option on the Hi705 goes up to 4.0-standard, not v2.1 as it is here.
Based on these differences, we’d recommend not flashing an X31 with firmware from a Hi705 and vice versa – you might just find your wireless functionality drops of its perch.
|Processor||Rockchip RK3188 quad-core Cortex A9|
|Clock||Up to 1.8GHz|
|GPU type||ARM Mali-400 MP4|
|Operating system||Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)|
|External storage||MicroSD, up to 32GB|
|Wi-Fi connectivity||802.11b/g/n (inc. external antenna port)|
|No./type of USB ports||1 x USB2.0 host|
|HDMI form factor||Yes|
|Announce Date||July 2013|
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