By Alexandra Burlacu | Sep 18, 2012 11:00 AM EDT
Zero Devices is known for selling a range of mini PCs designed to run Google's Android operating system. Gadgets include small media center devices, in-car entertainment systems, as well as PC-on-a-stick devices, but the company's next mini PC may be its most powerful.
Adding to its mini PC range, Zero Devices has now introduced the Z2C, an Android PC-on-a-stick sporting a Rockchip RK3066 ARM Cortex A9 dual core processor, 1GB DDR3 and 8GB of NAND Flash memory, microSD card slot for expandable memory, and support for an external hard disk drive of up to 5TB. It also features Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The Z2C's appearance resembles a number of other PCs-on-a-stick currently on the market, including the $69 UG802 mini PC. The UG802 is powered by a Rockchip RK3066 ARM Cortex A9 dual-core processor, and packs 1GB of RAM, 4GB of built-in storage, microSD card slot for expandable memory, and an integrated HDMI connector.
The Z2C, however, appears to have one USB 2.0 port for charging and two more mini USB ports for connecting peripherals. Instead of an HDMI connector, it has an actual HDMI port, which means that users can use a cable to connect the mini PC to a TV or a monitor, rather than plugging the Z2C directly into that device's HDMI port. The Z2C also offers twice as much storage space than the UG802, but it will likely sport a slightly higher price as well.
Compared to the popular MK802 mini PC, which is powered by an AllWinner A10 ARM Cortex A8 single-core CPU, the Z2C packs a significantly more powerful processor. The MK802, however, can run various Linux versions right out of the box, including Ubuntu, Fedora, and other Linux-based operating systems. Meanwhile, Rockchip does not officially provide support for Linux.
The Z2C mini PC will be available with an $82 price tag, or $78.72 if you purchase three or more devices. The Z2C is expected to be available for pre-order soon.