The 2013 annual Consumer Electronic Show (CES) that started last week saw the display of a wide range of new products, from 3D displays to ovens running on Android. One device that seemed buried in the many new devices that you may not have heard of is an Android Mini-PC that goes for only $55. The RK3066 mini-PC is a pretty compelling device and a viable competitor to the popular Raspberry Pi computer. The creator of the MK802, a small mini-computer that ran Android Ice Cream Sandwich has come up with small machine, supposedly a major improvement from its predecessor.
The RK3066 runs on a dual core 1.6GHz Cortex A9 processor, has 1GB of RAM and 4GB internal memory and with a microSD card slot to allow for memory expansion up to 32GB. It also has DLNA support, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, HDMI, and both microUSB and full size USB ports and a 3.5mm audio output. The most outstanding features of this new mini-PC are the inclusion of Bluetooth and the HDMI video output which brings it close to being a real computer with Bluetooth input and output device capabilities and even audio output.
The design of the RK3066 is simplistic but elegant. The small black box with ports is noticeably smaller than its predecessor the MK802 and has a glossy finish, bringing it closer to being a real computer. The new gadget is cheaper too, the predecessor went for $75 but this one is $20 cheaper.
Although it is not in the market yet, the MK3066 may mark the beginning of cut throat competition in the micro-PC market. The question is, what is the demand of these devices in the market? Does Android stand a chance, considering that most developers would rather go for Linux? Time will tell.