Two more tiny, sub-$100 Linux PCs join the fray

There seems to be no end in sight to the march of the tiny, sub-$100 Linux PCs arriving on the market this year, and recently two more contenders were added to the mix.

It was only a few weeks ago that I wrote about the Oval Elephant and the Mini X, both of which added fresh diversity to a landscape that already included the Raspberry Pi, the Cotton Candy, the Mele 1000, and the MK802, among others.

Now, there are two more to consider: the $49 Cubieboard and the $89 UG802.

Intrigued? Then read on.

The Cubieboard

With a price tag that nearly rivals that of the Raspberry Pi, the $49 Cubieboard features a 1GHz AllWinner A10 Cortex A8 ARM processor, Mali 400 graphics, and 1GB of DDR3 RAM.

The $49 Cubieboard
HDMI 1080p output is part of the package as well, as are 100M Ethernet, 4GB Nand Flash, two USB hosts, one MMC slot, an IR sensor, and a SATA port. Perhaps best of all, the device can run Android, Ubuntu, or a variety of other Linux distributions.

Combine the Cubieboard with a USB keyboard and mouse and output to a monitor via HDMI and you've got a small PC. Alternatively, load Android Ice Cream Sandwich and switch the HDMI output to a TV, and you've got an Android TV. With SATA and 100M Ethernet, meanwhile, the device can serve as a Network Attached Storage system.

For just $49, it would be hard to go wrong.

The UG802

Similar in many ways to a faster version of the MK802, meanwhile, the UG802 is a diminutive PC-on-a-stick powered by a Rockchip RK3066 Cortex A9 dual-core ARM processor, according to a Liliputing report.

Also featuring Mali 400 graphics, the device reportedly offers 1GB of DDR3 RAM, 4GB of storage, USB ports, a microSD card slot, and an HDMI connector allowing the device to be plugged directly into a display.

Running the $89 UG802 by default is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich; access to the Google Play Store is reportedly included.

The video below shows the device in action. South African distributor Reno Botes--who narrates the video--also sells the device.

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