New Auxtek T001 TV stick mini PC hits the market

auxtekt001Mini PC brand Auxtek has come into the market with a new model, a TV stick-style mini PC called the Auxtek T001.

A reasonably stylish design, the T001 is built around the tried and tested Rockchip RK3066 dual-core Cortex A9 SoC CPU with 1GB of DDR3 RAM, 8GB of flash, preloaded with the latest (for a mini PC) Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system.

Storage is expandable through the on-board MicroSD card slot, good for cards up to 32GB. Plus, there’s a single USB2.0 host port to handle a USB hub for extra peripherals. Power is supplied over a microUSB OTG port.

It also does reasonably well for wireless connectivity with what we believe is 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi on-board, along with Bluetooth 2.0.┬áThe main problem you’ll likely have with this one is nailing down the actual specifications. Not all sellers we saw were forthcoming with the version of Bluetooth or Wi-Fi on-board and there is some confusion over the version of Android on offer, with some models running version 4.1.1 and others a more recent 4.2.2 release.

The key thing is that all prices we’ve seen have been under the $50 mark, including shipping, particularly on Aliexpress but other online retailers too.

As for extras including in the bundle, you’ll find a short HDMI extension cable, OTG cable plus USB host cable and AC power brick.

Rockchip’s RK3066 SoC CPU is one of the more powerful dual-core options on the market at least in terms of graphics power, thanks to its Mali-400 MP4 graphics engine, which puts it ahead of Allwinner’s A20 chip. The new Allwinner A23 and Rockchip RK3026 dual-core models both feature 2G wireless/cellular connectivity features and its unlikely we’ll see these turning up in any mini PC any time soon.

ModelAuxtek T001
ProcessorRockchip RK3066 dual-core Cortex A9
ClockUp to 1.6GHz
GPU typeARM Mali-400 MP4
Operating systemAndroid 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
Internal storage8GB
External storageMicroSD, up to 32GB
Wi-Fi connectivity802.11b/g/n
No./type of USB ports1 x USB2.0 host, 1 x microUSB OTG
HDMI form factorYes
Announce DateSeptember 2013

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