MINIX is a Chinese mini PC brand that has gained a decent reputation for its products over recent times and this MINIX NEO G4 is the smallest of them, but appearing online now for under $50 including shipping.
By today’s standards, it’s a bit long in the tooth running its Rockchip RK3066 dual-core Cortex A9 SoC CPU but it still comes with quad-core Mali-400 graphics so it should perform reasonably well. The chip comes with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of flash, originally preloaded with Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.3) but resellers appear to now be receiving Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) models. At this stage, there’s no word on an update to Android 4.2
There’s only one USB2.0 host port but there’s a microUSB OTG option as well, which also feeds in power. Storage on-board can be expanded via MicroSD card slot, good for up to 32GB per card. The one minor unusual feature is the full-size HDMI socket (given almost all mini PCs these days feature a built-in HDMI plug).
Networking covers the basic 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi options but there’s no Bluetooth on-board. Given the level of hardware, it should offer similar performance levels and features to the MK808 mini PC.
|Model||MINIX NEO G4|
|Processor||Rockchip RK3066 dual-core Cortex A9|
|Clock||Up to 1.6GHz|
|GPU type||ARM Mali-400 MP4|
|Operating system||Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)|
|External storage||MicroSD, up to 32 GB|
|No./type of USB ports||1 x USB2.0 host, 1 x microUSB OTG (power)|
|HDMI form factor||1.4|
|Announce Date||Late 2012|
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