The long wait is over for those who were hoping to get their hands on the FXI Cotton Candy. The device made its first appearance last year, when FXI promised that the product will start shipping in May. There had been some delays, but the Cotton Candy is now available through the website for those who pre-ordered the device. It appears, however, that even those who did not pre-order may place an order for the Cotton Candy. FXI has also announced that the company is scheduled to open an official store soon. Stocks of the Cotton Candy, however, are limited.
This product, which has the size of only a USB thumb drive, may have a sugary sweet name, but it packs a lot on its roughly three-inch body. This PC-on-a-stick comes with a dual core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, a quad core ARM Mali-400MP Graphics Processing Unit, 1GB of DRAM, and up to 64GB of memory local storage. It also supports Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Ubuntu Linux for ARM.
Connectivity options include Wifi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. Users can also connect the device to peripherals through microUSB, an HDMI port, and a USB 2.0 male connector. The latter port is provided for peripherals with USB mass storage as well as for powering the mini PC.
The FXI device furthermore offers support for videos in 480p/720p/1080p decode of MPEG4-SP/H.263/H.264 AVC/MPEG-2/VC1, music files in MP3, AAC, AAC+, and Real Audio format, and image files in JPG, GIF, BMP, and PNG format. Third-party codecs, however, will enable users to open other video, image, and audio formats that are not in the list provided.
The Cotton Candy mini PC’s has a price tag of $199, but as the Liliputing blog notes, this does not cover tax, which is around $50.
The FXI website likewise advises that the Cotton Candy is currently aimed at developers at this point, and not at regular consumers.