Author Archive for Darren Yates

Apple iPhone 5c announced, presales Sept 13, on sale Sept 20

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Any thoughts that Apple would make a budget smartphone have disappeared out the window with the release of the ‘colourful’ Apple iPhone 5c.
Announced overnight, the 5c was the phone originally rumoured to be set for release at $99. If only it were true.┬áThe new model features a polycarbonate shell housing a 4-inch Retina display powered by Apple’s A6 processor and new iOS 7 operating system.… Read more

UG007III TV stick boosts Allwinner numbers, adds Bluetooth

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Mini PC brand REKO has been churning out the UG007 series of TV stick mini PCs for some time but somewhere along the line we missed the release of the REKO UG007III.
For a while, it seemed as though the world only had one quad-core ARM-class processor to choose from for mini PCs – Rockchip’s ubiquitous RK3188. However, in recent times, several new models have arrived sporting the Allwinner A31 quad-core Cortex A7 chip instead.… Read more

iPEGTOP Dual-core RK3066 TV stick mini PC drops below $33

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These days, its mostly the Asian electronics retail sites like dx.com and Aliexpress that get mentioned in the same breath as mini PCs but it’s still worth keeping an eye on eBay for bargains that pop up like iPEGTOP’s dual-core TV stick.
We just spotted this one on eBay selling for under $US33, which is a pretty decent price for a Rockchip RK3066 dual-core CPU TV stick.… Read more

Qualcomm YouTube video takes aim at 8-core promoters

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There’s a bit of a battle going on at the moment among the CPU manufacturers for the hearts and minds of Android device makers (and there users), between those who think four cores in a CPU is more than enough, and those who think eight is barely enough.
And in this sort of battle, which is worth millions to the various CPU makers, PR is just another weapon for use so in some ways, it’s not surprising to see chipmaker Qualcomm come out with a YouTube video that pushes the benefits of quality over quantity when it comes to CPU cores.… Read more

Android mini PC brand Ditter launches new V20 and V21 TV stick models

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Android mini PC brand Ditter looks to have been around for a little while with a number of dual-core mini PCs on the market but it appears to have just launched two new quad-core TV stick models in the V20 and V21 models.
The V21… Read more runs Allwinner’s A31 quad-core Cortex A7 SoC CPU – while it’s not as flashy as Rockchip’s RK3188 quad Cortex A9 offering, the A31 does include PowerVR’s highly regarded SGX544 MP2 eight-core GPU, which should make gaming a sweet passtime.

MK806 mini PC gives MK802 chassis a dual-core reboot

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The original MK802 mini PC was the forerunner of the myriad of TV stick-style releases we’ve seen over the last 18 months or so, but while the original single-core Allwinner A10 release has seen better days, the chassis itself is still getting a run with updated hardware in a model called the MK806.
However, compared against the original MK802, the MK806 has some worthwhile extras.… Read more

Mocreo M1 leads new low-cost Rockchip-powered Miracast dongles onto the market

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A few weeks ago, we reported on Rockchip’s plans to release a Miracast dongle design based on its single-core RK2928 SoC CPU. Well, it looks like its landed on the market in the form of the new Mocreo M1.
The HDMI stick, selling for $26 on dx.com, clocks at 1GHz and comes with almost a ‘pick a number’ amount of RAM (anywhere between 64MB and 256MB).… Read more