A new player has emerged in the mini PC market, following the introduction this week of the Android-running UG007.
The UG007 boasts an impressive array of specifications. Most importantly from the perspective of fandroids, it comes with the latest version of Google's mobile operating system, version 4.1 Jelly Bean. Also significantly, the new Android PC-on-a-stick features built-in Bluetooth support - still a relative rarity in the mini PC market - as well as Wi-Fi and 3G capability.
It's also got some decent muscle in the engine room, sporting a dual-core Rockchip RK3066 processor clocked at 1.6GHz, in addition to 1GB of RAM. The UG007 offers 8GB of internal storage, expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card slot, as well as Mali 400 graphics, a USB 2.0 port, and integrated HDMI output.
Mini PCs are an interesting proposition for mobility-first consumers and are capable of turning TVs, monitors, and other displays into full-on computers. Simply plug in to an HDMI port, connect your mouse and keyboard or link up a remote, and enjoy running a full Android system - a tablet without the touch-screen, if you like.
The UG007 looks like a particularly intriguing consumer prospect as its connectivity features seemingly make it possible for owners of standard HD TVs to smarten up their sets - just connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi and you should have access to streaming online content.
The only apparent downside is that Rockchip-centred devices tend not to offer source code to help enable ports of other operating systems, like those based on Linux - in other words, you're tied to mobile and touch-screen orientated Android. As such, the UG007's uses are largely in the entertainment sphere.
Currently available via Ali Baba, the new Android UG007 is retailing in the region of $60, or about £40. Free shipping to the UK is on offer from a number of sellers.