Another flash of creativity coming from VIA: an Android computer that costs less than $100, but it fits perfectly in a recycled book. The product is still a prototype, both in their platform as their assembly concept, but that may very well come in handy for those who need to save space in your daily use, but also for those who want to carry your computer (Android) to anywhere, literally.
The model uses a VIA Cortex-A9 processor, and is available in two versions: the APC Rock, which is basically the contact plate, and APC Paper, which is the complete kit, with that book made of recycled cardboard . The product aims to be a computer to be connected to the monitor or TV to offer a basic navigation on the Internet, allowing performing relatively simple tasks, such as editing documents, access to social networking, web browsing, games and others. All this is managed by the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.
The Rock APC has a hardware that recalls the same set-top boxes on the market: it has 4 GB of flash memory storage and 512 MB of DDR3 RAM, and a hardware-accelerated graphics and VGA and HDMI video output, the latter with support for 1080p videos. The A9 processor runs at 800 MHz, and a microSD slot is conveniently installed, allowing expansion of the storage device.
Ports? Yes, of course. The product has two USB 2.0 ports and an OTG (On The Go) micro USB port, and Ethernet ports and audio input/output and ports for extra connectivity. Remember that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich present in this product has been specially prepared to receive USB peripherals like keyboards and other devices that make life easier for the user when working the device.
The most basic version of the product (APC Rock) is now available on the market (only board without the outer shell), and costs $79. The full version, with the book as a case (APC Paper), will available on the market in March, and is priced under $99.