Last week saw a flurry of new products being unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, but one that didn't attract much coverage until the weekend looks pretty compelling.
It's yet another example of what I call the march of the tiny Linux PCs that's been going on for close to a year now, and it's got a diminutive price point to match its size.
New from the creator of the MK802—another notable exemplar of this trend—the RK3066 is a miniature Android PC that's just $55.
It was Engadget that came across the RK3066 at the show, and reportedly got to play around with it as well.
Running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the device features a dual-core 1.6GHz Cortex A9 along with 1GB of RAM, 4GB of built-in flash, and a microSD slot. WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth, and DLNA support are included, as are micro-USB, full-size USB, and female HDMI ports along with a 3.5mm headset jack.
The MK802, by contrast, sports a single-core 1.5GHz AllWinner A10 Cortex A8 ARM processor, Android 4.0, and 512MB of DDR3 high-capacity memory.
Perhaps best of all, though, is the RK3066's $55 price; shipping is an extra $5.
Listed on Amazon
It turns out the RK3066 was created by Dick Chan of Timing Power, who showed up to comment on Engadget's story and offer a few more details.
The device is currently listed on Timing Power's own site and on Amazon.com as well, Chan pointed out, adding that it's available in small quantities. Last I checked, however, Amazon said it was currently unavailable.
I've emailed Chan for more information about availability, and will post an update if I learn anything more.
Once it's back in stock, it looks like another nice alternative for those seeking bang for their computing buck thanks to ARM and Linux-based Android.