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VIA reveals Rasberry Pi competitor running Android

VIA has announced a new ARM-based SoC board for $49 that seems to be aimed directly at the Raspberry Pi market

Chip maker VIA as unveiled a competitor to the Raspberry Pi, an ARM-based System-on-a-Chip running Android that will cost only $49 USD (£31 GBP). Similar to the RasPi, it’s built on ARM11 architecture, however the board itself I somewhat larger, with a Neo-ITX form factor that is about twice the size.

The APC has a bit more power – first of all it has double the RAM at 512 MB, and it has a CPU that clocks slightly better at 800 MHz. As the board is much bigger, it also allows it to have a lot more ports, adding more USBs, a VGA connector, and a microSD slot replacing the full SD slot on the RasPi. It also has onboard storage of 2 GB.

While this may sound exciting to some, it will be running Android 2.3. The current sweet spot for Android devices right now is 1 GB of RAM, and the processor may affect performance as well. At the very least it will good for some development and media playback, but for now it’s not a true competitor to the RasPi.

You can check the VIA website for more details.

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