The ZealZ GK802 is the first mainstream computer on the global market that costs less than $100 and sports a quad-core system-on-chip.
The latter is powered by a Freescale i.MX6 system-on-chip. It integrates four Cortex A9 cores and is clocked at 1.2GHz; there’s also a quad-core VivanteGC2000 GPU which should be competitive with other rival solutions.
Other features include 1GB of RAM, 8GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, a USB 2.0 and microUSB (for power), Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, support for Google Play, 2.4GHz wireless keyboard and mouse and even Ubuntu.
The device is slightly bigger than a packet of chewing gum, weighs a mere 50g and is the ideal partner to a wireless keyboard/touchpad combo.
2013 is likely to see a massive rise in the number of quad-core solutions based on cheaper Cortex-A7 solutions from Mediatek, Allwinner or Rockchip. These in turn will push dual-core products into entry level, sounding the death knell of single-core products in mobile.