MK803 PC-on-a-stick runs ICS (now) and Linux (soon)

There are a number of Android-powered PCs-on-stick available today, including the MK802, Kimdecent, UG007, Z2C, Favi, Droid Stick T10 and the Minix Neo G4.  

Recently, a new $79 Android-based PC-on-a-stick was announced by a company known as Miniand.

Dubbed the MK803, the device is sized like a fat flash drive. Inside the small enclosure hides an Amlogic AML8726-M3 processor operating at 1.5 GHz. The chip is based on an ARM Cortex-A9 design and should provide better performance than the older MK802.

The MK803 also features 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of flash storage, a microSD card slot for storage expansion, HDMI output, a USB 2.0 port, integrated WiFi, and an Ethernet port using a USB to Ethernet adapter.

While the Mk803 runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) right out-of-the-box, Miniand hopes to have an alternative operating system – Linux – up and running soon.

The Mk803 can be purchased here.