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£23 Nurvo Android HDMI Dongle with Ice Cream Sandwich

You can grab a HDMI dongle from Dabs Outlet on Ebay for just under £23, a price that includes free delivery and 22 Nectar points. That’s just slightly more expensive than the far slower (but more versatile) Raspberry Pi DIY computer and was on sale for £36 in January 2013.

The Nurvo HDMI TV Stick requires a remote or a wireless keyboard and mouse to operate (plus an external power source – either mains or via USB). But other than that, it is a fully fledged computer that comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and has full access to Google Play.

It is powered by a single-core Telechip TCC89252 system-on-chip which is based on a Cortex-A5 core clocked at 1GHz, with 512MB of RAM, 4GB onboard storage a microSD card slot, a mini USB port and Wi-Fi. We expect the Cortex-A5 to be a bit sluggish but it should hold its own on most mundane tasks.

Think of that HDMI dongle as a tablet without a display, a camera or a battery, which has been shrunk to fit in the chassis of a USB flash drive.

We expect these to become very popular in a near future with some being given away with subscriptions.

Check out our featured article on how these dongles may be the successors to the good old desktop computer.

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