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Android pico-projector doubles as mini-PC

Aug 19, 2013  |  Eric Brown
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PandaWill opened pre-sales on a $221, Android-based pico-projector that can be used as a standalone mini-PC via Bluetooth-paired peripherals. The pocket-sized EPICT EPP-100 runs Android 4.2.2 on a dual-core Allwiner A20 SoC, offers WiFi and dual USB ports, and displays 800 x 480-pixel, 35 lumens images at up to 80 inches away.

It’s unclear who built the EPICT EPP-100, but it’s being offered by PandaWill , a wholesaler of Chinese-made consumer electronics. CNX-Software, which initially reported on the device, noted that Allwinner recently demonstrated a micro-projector based on the same A20 processor as the one built into the EPICT EPP-100. That system was battery powered, and we suspect the EPICT EPP-100 is as well, since PandaWill touts the device for its one-week standby time. However, active-use battery life is omitted, nor is there any other mention of the battery.



EPICT EPP-100 pico-projector and its projected display
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Other than those mysteries, PandaWill has provided a fairly thorough feature list, lots of photos, and a YouTube video (seen farther below). The Allwinner A20 is equipped with dual Cortex-A7 cores and a Mali-400 GPU. No clock rates are listed by PandaWill or Allwinner, but the A20 has been seen in 1.2GHz configurations.

Although the A20 can render 1080p videos, the device’s pico projector output is limited to 800 x 480 pixels, although at a reasonably powerful 35 lumens. The projector can shoot video at display surfaces up to 80 inches away. No further details were provided on the system’s optics, suggesting there may not be much to boast about.

The EPICT EPP-100 is equipped with a modest 512MB of RAM, and offers 4GB of flash and a microSD slot. Other features include dual USB ports, an audio port, a charging port, and a tripod stand.



EPICT EPP-100 and its connections
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WiFi and Bluetooth are provided, and the device can support multiple Bluetooth connections at once, enabling simultaneous keyboard, mouse, and speaker operation. Although a Bluetooth mouse is highly recommended, the unit itself includes basic track and click mouse functions. Presumably, the EPICT EPP-100 could be Bluetooth-paired with other Android devices, as well, or use WiFi or USB for direct streaming of content as a display peripheral. No details were offered, however. The Android 4.2.2 build on the device offers Google Search and other basic apps, but no extras.

Specifications listed for the EPICT EPP-100 include:

  • Processor — Allwinner A20 (2x Cortex-A7 cores); Mali-400 MP2 GPU
  • RAM — 512MB RAM
  • Flash — 4GB NAND flash; microSD slot for up to 32GB
  • Display — 800 x 480 projected image @ 35 lumens, up to 80 inches
  • Wireless — 802.11b/g/n; Bluetooth
  • Other I/O:
    • USB 2.0
    • Micro-USB OTG
    • 3.5mm audio
  • Other features — Tripod stand; track and click mouse functions; charging port and adapter; USB charging cable
  • Weight — 210 g (without stand)
  • Dimensions — 68 x 62 x 57mm
  • Operating system — Android 4.2.2

Here is a short video demo of the EPICT EPP-100…



EPICT EPP-100 YouTube demo

 

The EPICT EPP-100 is available for presale at $221 at PandaWill’s EPICT EPP-100 product page. Shipments appear to be set to begin on Sept. 1.
 

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