New miniature thumb-drive-sized computer sells for $74


It’s in the news again—another miniature computer about the size of a USB thumb drive is out in the market.

Last year we wrote about something similar called Raspberry Pi, which was running on Linux and packing a 700MHz ARM11 processor, 128 MB of ram, and 1080p output capability while including a USB 2.0 hub and 10/100 Ethernet controller. The device was designed to run educational apps but we found out that it was powerful enough to run the video game, Quake 3.

Later on, we were introduced to another miniature fully fledged PC called Cotton Candy, which weighed a mere 21 g and was equipped with a dual-core 1.2 GHz Samsung Exynos ARM CPU, Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth, 1080p video capability, an HDMI-out, and a microSD card slot for storage—all while running on Android Gingerbread 2.3.

This new one that we speak of is currently being sold by Chinese retailers online and is housed in a 3.5-inch plastic case. We don’t know the exact name of this mini PC, but we can call it the AllWinner mini PC due to its AllWinner A10 single-core 1.5GHz ARM CPU. It’s also fitted with a Mali 400 GPU, 512 MB of RAM, an HDMI port for plugging into a screen, a microSD slot, Wi-Fi capability, and Android 4.0 as its operating system.

At $74, it’s less expensive than the Cotton Candy ($199), but more pricey than the Raspberry Pi ($35).