The rise of £50 quad-core ARM-based Android-powered computers

You can now get a quad-core HDMI PC with the latest version of Android, with 2GB of RAM for under £48 from Amazon.

That's a staggering deal we stumbled upon and one which demonstrates how far things have moved since HDMI dongles broke into the market around two years ago.

That particular model runs on a quad-core Cortex-A9 system-on-chip from Rockchip, the RK3188, which is clocked at up to 1.6GHz and comes with a quad-core ARM Mali-400MP4 GPU.

Other features include 2GB of RAM, 8GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, two micro-USB ports, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and a HDMI connector (bearing in mind that it plugs in any recent television set via its HDMI port).

This is essentially a high end tablet (or smartphone) similar to the Galaxy Note 2.0 that comes without any camera, battery, voice capabilities or display.

One has to wonder how things may evolve by this time next year. Will we (finally) see the first Windows RT-based dongles appear on the market?

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