VIA's APC Is a $49 Android-powered PC

Written by John Ponio    Wednesday, 23 May 2012 18:34

APC

Running on the heels of the recently-shipped Raspberry Pi, a new project from VIA called APC is developing an Android-powered computer with a $49 price tag. In terms of size, it's a little bigger than a Raspberry Pi but still on the small end of things. It's going to running a modified version of Android 2.3 that allows physical keyboard and mouse input.

APC

Specifications aren't too shabby, although I'm surprised there's no gigabit ethernet. It's not really needed, though, since there's no hard drive or anything. The other surprising thing is that it only supports video up to 720p, which is a little lacking to those of us who enjoy high-quality. Here's the list:

ItemDescription
SoftwareAndroid 2.3 (PC System)
ChipVIA 800MHz Processor
Memory

DDR3 512MB Memory
2GB NAN Flash

Graphics

Built-in 2D/3D Graphic
Resolution up to 720p

Input and Output

HDMI
VGA
USB 2.0 (x4)
Audio out / Mic in
microSD Slot

Network10/100 Ethernet
Size

170 x 85mm (W x H)

Neo-ITX Standard

No word on availability, but pre-orders should be up soon. The price, as I said, is $49. Head on over the project's website to sign up for the newsletter. Below is a comparison shot of the APC to a mini-ITX motherboard.


APC vs Mini ITX