VIA updates APC mini ARM PC line with $79 Rock, $99 Paper

By Matthew ยท 5 replies
Jan 17, 2013
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  1. Following the Raspberry Pi's cult-like reception, many companies scrambled to enter the DIY palm-sized PC market, including VIA, which started shipping its 6.7 x 3.3-inch APC for $49 last summer. That device ran Android 2.3 Gingerbread and offered an 800MHz...

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,002   +1,322

    You hear about the raspberry pi as opposed to these because the raspberry pi was cheap...dont get me wrong, these have some sort of market, but the appeal of a 35 dollar computer far outdoes that of a 80 dollar computer.
  3. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    I love my Raspberry Pi, but it's got a few limitations... A good solid usable port of Android has yet to be finished - you can do v2.3 now with no hardware accel and dog slow performance, or very buggy unfinished builds of 4.0 that need serious work to be ready for prime time. These VIA products ship with a solid version of Android right out of the box, so you can just plug them in and go. The Pi is more of a base level tinkering device, while these let you hit the ground running.
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  4. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    Do you have to use Android? I thought there are linux distros that work well with these.
  5. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,002   +1,322

    people primarily are using linux but are working on an android port. And I agree, the pi is more of a tinkering device, but the via ones dont have a whole lot of use going for them in terms of capabilities, which is why the pi is more widely sold and known, because why use a Via for multimedia when you can build a full featured desktop or use a cheap old laptop
  6. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    You don't HAVE to use Android. Yes, there are plenty of Linux distro versions, and some of them work very well. But, having a system with a native OS right out of the box gives the VIA systems an easier point of entry, which could potentially appeal to a wider audience than the more hardcore tinkerers.

    Plus, with Android you have access to a big library of apps and programs readily available. Ironically, this is one thing that became important to me: you have Netflix access with Android! My RaspBMC system is nice, but lack of Linux native Netflix is a bit of the kiss of death in my household...

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