VIA Hops on the Low Cost PC Bandwagon with a $49 APC Android System
"APC brings the familiarity and convenience of Android to the PC at a US$49 price point that will open up exciting new markets and applications," said Richard Brown, VP of Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "Like a bicycle for your mind, APC will enable more people than ever before to explore the vast online universe."
The system consists of a Neo-ITX motherboard that can hooked up to a TV or PC monitor. It measures just 17cm x 8.5cm, can be housed in a standard mini-ITX or micro-ATX chassis, and consumes just 4 watts at idle and 13.5 watts under load. An ARM-based VIA processor clocked at 800MHz does the heavy lifting and is helped by 512MB of DDR3 memory, 2GB of NAND flash storage, and built-in 2D/3D graphics with support for up to 720p. It also has an HDMI port, VGA port, four USB 2.0 ports, audio outputs, a microSD card slot, GbE LAN port, and a custom build of Android 2.3.
APC says it will be accepting pre-orders soon and expects to ship in early July. If you want to be notified when it's released, you can plug in your email address here.