The $74 Android PC on a stick

A Chinese manufacturer has rolled out a $74 Android PC on a stick dubbed Model MK802.  

Sold by AliExpress, the stick features a 1.5 GHz Allwiner A10 processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. The $74 PC ships with Google Android 4.0, but allows the installation of various Linux flavors like Ubuntu or Debian.  

As Brad Linder of Liliputing points out, you don’t get all the same features from the MK802 as with FXI’s upcoming $200 Cotton Candy, which boasts a 1.2 GHz Samsung Exynos dual core processor.

For example, MK802 is equipped with an HDMI port rather than an HDMI connector. Meaning, you can connect an external display, but would still need a HDMI cable.

Then again, the MK802 is available right now and does include a microSD card slot for extra storage space, USB host support for peripherals, a full-sized USB port, one micro USB port, 802.11b/g WiFi and support for HD video playback in a variety of media formats.

The $74 Android PC on a stick – currently being marketed as an Internet device – measures 3.5″ x 1.4″ x 0.5 and weighs about 7 ounces.

“The MK802 system (CPU/RAM/Flash) is similar to Mele A1000, except that the AllWinner A10 is clocked at 1.5GHz. There are no VGA nor composite outputs, no SATA, only 2 USB ports and a microSD slot instead of a an SD card slot,” explained a post on CNX Software.

“There is no remote, so if you intend to use it as a media player it could be inconvenient unless you use a wireless mouse and keyboard. I don’t really find this device that attractive, especially since you don’t get the convenience of plugging (and powering) it directly in the TV. Once it is available, Valueplus Tizzbird N1 might be a better option.”