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Tiny quad-core mini-PC ships for $69

Mar 3, 2014  |  Eric Brown
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NanoPC launched a $69 mini-PC and $67 SBC based on a quad-core Samsung Exynos4412 SoC, with SD, HDMI, USB, camera, and Ethernet, and running Linux and Android.

In many cases, there’s not much difference between a single board computer and a mini-PC based on the same SBC. In the case of the fanless, Linux- and Android-ready NanoPC-T1, the difference is worth about two bucks. The open source SBC costs only $67 while the mini-PC costs $69. The SBC ships with its own 5V/2A power supply, designed as a default for U.S. customers, as well as a power adapter and a USB cable. Both prices do not count shipping and handling from NanoPC’s Chinese headquarters. Individual customers and resellers are both said to be welcome.



NanoPC-T1 with case
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The 100 x 60mm NanoPC-T1, which is not to be confused with Foxconn’s $465 Intel Core i7 based, NanoPC AT-7700 , or with AMD’s ultra-thin new Nano PC home theater media player, is the first product from NanoPC.

NanoPC points to the Odroid-U3 as its closest competitor. Both products offer Samsung’s quad-core Exynos 4412 system-on-chip, but the Odroid-U3 uses the faster 1.7GHz 4412 Prime instead of the NanoPC-T1’s 1.5GHz 4412 SoC The Odroid-U3 also offers twice the RAM of the 1GB T1, provides four USB ports rather than three, and throws in a heatsink.



Two detail views of the NanoPC-T1
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Like the Odroid-U3, the NanoPC-T1 provides HDMI, Fast Ethernet, and audio ports. It has a touch-ready LCD interface, which does not appear to be listed for the Odroid. Although the Odroid-U3 costs $7 less than the NanoPC-T1 SBC, that price is only for individual units sold for personal use. The U3 case costs $4 instead of $2. (They both appear to be made of plastic.)

Bonuses for the NanoPC-T1 include its 4GB of eMMC flash compared to an empty socket on the Odroid-U3. It also adds CMOS and MIPI camera interfaces, and for those who care, it supplies a full SD slot on the flip side of the board instead of a microSD slot.

The NanoPC-T1’s FAQ has an unfinished section that has questions, with no answers, including one about a camera board. Presumably, this ribbon-cabled option is coming soon. In addition, a NanoPC resources page lists schematics for LCD displays, which presumably will become available as options. These include 4.3-, 5-, 7-, and 8-inch displays. Wireless 3G, WiFi, and Bluetooth modules will also be offered as options.



NanoPC-T1 with typical peripherals
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The NanoPC-T1 is supported with source code for Linux + Qt, Ubuntu Linux 12.04, and Android 4.2.2, both onsite and on a DVD. Full hardware schematics are said to be coming, and there’s already considerable documentation, as well as forums.

Specifications listed for the NanoPC-T1 include:

  • Processor — Samsung Exynos 4412 (4x Cortex-A9 cores @ 1.5GHz); Mali-400 GPU
  • Memory:
    • 1GB DDR3 RAM (32-bit)
    • 4GB eMMC flash
    • SD slot
  • Display — HDMI 1.4 out port (up to 1920 x 1080 pixels); LCD TFT interface, supporting RGB888 mode, LVDS adapter and capacitive and resistive touchscreens
  • Wireless — optional 3G WCDMA, WiFi, and Bluetooth expansion modules
  • Networking — 10/100 Ethernet port
  • Other I/O:
    • 2x USB 2.0 host ports
    • Micro-USB OTG port
    • 3.5mm audio in/out jack
    • CMOS camera interface
    • MIPI interface (supports HD)
    • 4 x TTL UARTs
    • 2x digital sensor inputs
    • GPIO1 — UART, SPI, I2C, 20x GPIOs, power signals, etc.
    • GPIO2 — UART, 2x GPIOs, SDIO, USB 2.0 host
  • Other features — RTC battery; 2x user buttons; 2x LEDs; AT88SC0104C-SH encryption chip
  • Power — DC 5V/2A input
  • Weight — 50 g (SBC)
  • Dimensions — 100 x 60mm (SBC)
  • Operating systems — Linux + Qt; Ubuntu Linux 12.04; Android 4.2.2

NanoPC says it’s also currently developing a NanoPC-T2, which will be based on a slower Cortex-A8 Samsung S5PV210 (“Hummingbird”) SoC. It should be ready by August, possibly for a price as low as $50, says the company.

 
Further information

The NanoPC-T1 is available now in SBC form for $67. The $69 case version is due later this month. More information and links to sales may be found at the NanoPC website.
 

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9 Responses to “Tiny quad-core mini-PC ships for $69”

  1. lizard says:

    Sounds promising so I went to website to buy. But $36 shipping for a small $67 SBC ?? Maybe not

    • rick says:

      Im not sure why you need it in 3-6days:

      Read on their site:

      ========================================

      DHL/Fedex

      Shipping fee is 36USD for one order.
      Quick delivery is available over 120 countries and areas worldwide., Arrival at 3-6days
      EMS/Post Express

      Shipping fee is 16USD for one order.
      Quick delivery is available over 120 countries and areas worldwide., Arrival at 7-14days

      Wait a big longer and pay 16$

  2. rur42 says:

    Does not ship for $69, shipping is $36. 67 (without case) + 36 shipping = $103 via paypal.

  3. me says:

    Is there a plan to produce version with 2GB of RAM? I know that some tablets and set-top boxes already ship with 2GB of RAM. Maybe version with 4GB will be good idea but I am not sure if ARM cpu can support that. For desktop use, man needs a lot of RAM, current web pages are memory hungry…
    And I miss VGA (DSUB) port on this box but I can address this with some HDMI to VGA adapter.

  4. wumpus says:

    Considering that AMD just announced quad X86 (bobcat cores. Even AMD’s ARMs are twice as fast) SOCs for a similar price (although they were likely talking about dual cores for the ~$65 price), I’m not sure how long all these incompatible cheap computers are going to last.

    Hint: I expect that the AMD drivers might actually get *some* [1] use out of the on chip GPU.
    [1] Note that the most impressive GPU listed got about 3Gt/s, or barely enough to drive a 1366×768 at 30fps (if that). Still, better than most of these Rasberry Pi-class computers with unavailable GPUs.

  5. JMR says:

    I have both Raspberry Pi and a BeagleBoard

    This one looks good, but at a premium price for shipping which jacks up cost by almost 50%….I don’t think so

  6. rick says:

    I want something that I can put on my folks TV so they can surf the net with a wireless keyboard in their bedroom. They use Kubuntu and have an Android tablet so I really like having both OS.
    100bucks for shipping isnt a problem.
    Any negatives?
    So far Ive seen that its another extra 25$ for Wifi USB and I see nowhere a mention on the site of Bluetooth for keyboard-mouse.

    And what happens when 14.04 comes out next month? Can you update from 12.04?

  7. Alex says:

    I would have bout 10 of these if only it had 10/100/1000 Ethernet.

  8. wcdr says:

    Is video hardware acceleration is supported (xbmc, VLC) under linux ?

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