Kimdecent, a seller on the AliExpress website, has a fresh USB mini PC called the Androstick. Truly a miniature device, it only has the size of a thumb drive. Priced at only $78, the product resembles the MK802, a popular mini PC that sports an ARM Cortex A8 CPU. However, unlike the MK802, the Androstick boasts of an ARM Cortex A9 processor. Likewise, it appears quite similar to the Infinitec Pocket TV, and could have been inspired by a single design.
Among the other hardware features of the Androstick are 4 GB of storage capacity, Mali 400 GPU, as well as 512 MB of RAM. This device comes with an HDMI port that allows users to connect it with a computer monitor or an HDTV and instantly enjoy 1080p video playback.
With its support for Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, users can enjoy Internet browsing on the monitor or HDTV. A micro SD card slot meanwhile permits expansion. A mini USB port, for its part, lets users connect it to other peripherals.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is the operating system for this mini PC, though it could ostensibly have Ubuntu running, or other operating systems based on Linux for that matter, provided they can run on ARM processors. A complete package includes the mini PC, an IR remote control, an IR cable, a USB cable, and a power adapter.
The device has already garnered both positive and negative feedback for Kimdecent. On the upside, it looks like a legitimate product that does get sent to those who order it. This addresses the question of some shoppers on the online retailer who doubt whether some products listed there do exist. There was furthermore praise for its sound, and video playback on Youtube and other video websites based on flash.
On the downside, however, the device seems to have some problems. One complaint claims that the device exploded when it was used. Another said that its temperature gets high enough to cause some alarm. Still another alleges that the CPU seems to be slower than what it claims. The user believes that it actually runs at a clock speed of 800 MHz instead of the 1 GHz written on the specifications. The device is not rooted, which makes some features unavailable on the mini PC.