Israel’s SolidRun has brought CuBox-i series second generation mini computer system. The company has brought four devices: CuBox-i1, CuBox-i2, CuBox-i2Ultra and CuBox-i4Pro for pre-order which are available in red or black. All the mini computers are able to run Android Jelly Bean or Linux OS.
The CuBox-i1 packs with a 1 GHz single core processor, Vivante GC880 3D graphics with support for OpenGL, ES 1.1 and 512 MB of DDR3 RAM, two USB 2.0 port and optional WiFi 11n/BlueTooth for an extra $15. The device doesn’t come with internal HDD or SSD storage, but there is a microSD interface for storage of the OS on media card. So users have the options to run either Android 4.2.2 or one of the latest Linux operating systems, and it can also come pre-loaded with an open source SDK for application adaptability. There is HDMI 1.4 interface, two USB 2.0 ports and 10/100 Mbps Ethernet connection. It also comes with S/PDIF optical audio out and an IR receiver. The CuBox-i1 price has been set for $45.
On the other hand, the CuBox-i2 comes with just a little change with the CPU and RAM. The CuBox-i2 packs with 2 GHz single core processor, 1 GB of DDR3 RAM which is 64 bit @ 800Mbps. With the changing specs, the mini PC is priced at $69.99.
The CuBox i4Pro has the most improve specs than the other models. It features a 1 GHz quad core processor, Vivante GC2000 3D graphics with support for OpenGL, ES 1.1 and 2.0, and OpenCL 1.1E, and 2 GB of DDR3 RAM. Similar to the other series, i4Pro also run its OS from a microSD card, Micro-USB to RS-232 serial port connectivity joins the HDMI 1.4 and 2x USB 2.0 ports, and S/PDIF optical audio out and an eSATA II 3 Gbps interface for connecting external drives. The Gigabit Ethernet which features a maximum bandwidth of 470 Mbps is available (limitations of the chip), a built-in Real Time Clock with battery backup, and an IR receiver and transmitter. 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The CuBox i4Pro is priced at $119.99, while CuBox-i2Ultra is priced at $94.99.
All the four CuBox-i series measure just 2 x 2 x 2 inches (5 x 5 x 5 cm), and are built around Freescale’s i.MX6 system-on-chip architecture, featuring ARM Cortex A9 processor options. The cube devices include connecting the device to a TV to give it Android capabilities that lets you use as a desktop computer. With all the devices, you have to pay extra $8 for a power adapter which will be supplied with the unit. So if you like anyone of the four CuBox-i Series mini PCs, you can now pre-order it directly from Cubox-i website.