The VIA Android PC Is Only $49

VIA is a Taiwanese hardware company that has announced a new device called the Android PC System (APC). The APC is a seven-inch ARM board that ships a custom version of the Android mobile operating system. The device will be available starting this July. Below is a list of the specs for the APC:

– 512MB of RAM
– 2GB flash storage
– VGA/HDMI video outputs
– Speaker
– Microphone jacks
– microSD slot
– 4 USB ports
– Ethernet port
– Hardware-accelerated video decoding

The board consumers only 4 watts when idle and 13.5 watts under maximum load.

Another company known for developing a low-cost computer is the Raspberry Pi. Raspberry Pi partnered with two manufacturers, but struggled to meet the demand for the product. The VIA computer will ship as a bare board without a case. The board measures 7 x 3.5 inches. The software environment is based on Android 2.3, but works better with a keyboard and mouse input. Compared to the Raspberry Pi, the APC has more USB ports and twice as much RAM.

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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