Meet the Gooseberry, a $63 Android board

Posted by Trent Nouveau

The Gooseberry is as a $63 Android board powered by an Allwinner A10 ARM Cortex-A8 (1.5 GHz) processor. 



The bare-bones board also features Mali 400 graphics, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, a microSD card slot, mini HDMI/USB ports and a headphone jack.

Although Gooseberry arrives pre-loaded with Android 2.3, the device is capable of running a number of other operating systems, including Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), Ubuntu and Puppy Linux.



As Brad Linder of Liliputing notes, since the Gooseberry is equipped with an Allwinner A10 chip, anything that runs on the Mele A1000 or MK802 should run on these tiny computer system.



"But unlike the MK802 or Mele A1000, the Gooseberry is targeted at devs and tinkerers. Like the popular Raspberry Pi, this little computer doesn't even have a protective case. It's just an exposed system board," Linder explained.



"While the Gooseberry sells for nearly twice the cost of a Raspberry Pi device, it also has a faster processor based on newer architecture. The Allwinner A10 can run at speeds up to 1.5 GHz, [while] the Gooseberry also has built-in WiFi — something that you don't get with the Pi."

In addition to the Gooseberry, you may also want to check out the CX-01, a $53 Android 4.0 PC on a stick with an HDMI adapter designed for running apps on an HDTV.



The CX-01 features a full-sized USB port for a keyboard/mouse, a microUSB port for charging or connecting, a 1 GHz Telechips TCC8923 ARM Cortex-A5 processor with Mali 400 graphics, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage.

The MK802 can be snapped up for a cool $53 at Pandawill.