Mini PCs

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

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

New MINIX X7 ROM firmware built with RK3188 SDK2.0

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While Rockchip’s RK3188 quad-core SoC CPU has become the driving force behind many tablets and mini PCs during the last six months, its performance on some models hasn’t been well optimised. That became evident when Rockchip announced a new SDK2.0 release for the chip which offered considerably improved video playback capabilities.
Rumours are that while many new RK3188-based tablets such as the PIPO U8 and CUBE U30GT2 are receiving the new SDK2.0 kernel build, many mini PCs are built using the original SDK1.0.… Read more

CS928 mini PC runs Amlogic dual-core CPU, has composite AV output

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A dead-ringer for the Hi717, this CS928 set-top box-style mini PC features the same hardware and most retailers are happy sharing the same box shots on their websites.
For those who haven’t seen it before, it’s a reasonably-well stock model powered by Amlogic’s AML8726-MX dual-core Cortex A9 SoC CPU, accompanied by 1GB of DDR3 RAM and 8GB of on-board flash. Like the Hi717, the CS928 is preloaded with the latest (for mini PCs) Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system.… Read more

New Pandora Smart TV Box mini PC offers four USB ports

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With more and more mini PCs hitting the market, it’s getting harder for makers to differentiate their products from the competition. One format that is starting to see a bit of use is the above-your-TV style chassis like this Pandora Smart TV Box. Other recent examples are the RikomagicĀ MK602 and OEM MK818 releases.
Like most, the Pandora Smart TV Box features a 2MP camera on the front suitable for Skype-ing, but the real action is inside and on the back panel.… Read more

Samsung Galaxy Gear watch to arrive September 4

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While rumours are starting to spread that Apple may be delaying the launch of its iWatch smartwatch until next year, Samsung-watching website Sammobile has reported confirmation that the Korean giant will launch its Samsung Galaxy Gear smartphone in a local event on September 4.
While there were early rumours that the watch would offer voice-calling capabilities, it has since been confirmed that the Galaxy Gear will be a smartwatch companion to various Samsung phones and won’t include SIM card or voice function.… Read more