Norhtec's $90 Cloud Android mini-PC is powered by ARM

Posted by Trent Nouveau

Norhtec has introduced a $90 cloud-centric mini-PC powered by an Allwinner A10 ARM Cortex-A8 processor. 

Although the Cloud Client is is packed into an uber-tiny form factor, it is still loaded with some fairly respectable specs, including four full-sized USB ports, VGA and HDMI ports, an Ethernet jack, as well as a mic and headphone jack.

Additional specs include a microUSB port, a separate power jack, an SD card slot, 8GB of storage and WiFi. The Cloud Client currently runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and includes full access to the Google Play Store. 

As Liliputing's Brad Linder notes, Linux enthusiasts will undoubtedly be able to run various flavors of their favorite OS on the device, including Ubuntu and Fedora.

In other ARM mini-PC news, SolidRun recently introduced an upgraded version of its ARM-powered CuBox. As we reported late last week, the Pro mini-PC is powered by an 800-megahertz ARM PJ4 processor (Marvell Armada 510 SoC) paired with two gigabytes of DDR3 memory.

Additional specs include two USB ports, HDMI output, optical SPDIF output, eSATA port, infrared receiver, micro USB port and a microSD card slot (4GB card included).

The CuBox Pro is also capable of displaying full high-definition video - running at 1080p - using just three watts of power. In addition, the device supports multiple flavors of Linux (such as Ubuntu or Debian), as well as Google Android.

The CuBox Pro can be used as a home media center, thin client XBMC console or even as a desktop computer.

The device - which measures two cubic inches and weighs just 3.2 ounces - is available at $140 for 1GB of RAM and $160 for the 2GB iteration.The latter version is expected to ship later this January.